Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

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The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, of the interrelations and interactions between religion and religious expression and popular culture, broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture. The journal is based in Canada but is international in scope, and open to explorations of religion and popular culture in a variety of nationalities and cultures.

Popular culture
is an often-overlooked part of the fundamental religious "quest" and the cultural understanding of "what religion is" in that like "high" art, the popular arts and media not only explicitly portray religion and religious ideas, but also serve the "religious" purpose of conveying meaning in the people and values it represents. Articles in the JRPC are not restricted to any single religious tradition or definition of religion, or to any single disciplinary approach. Both "theological" interpretations, and analyses that explore the intersection between Media Studies/Film Studies/Cultural Studies and Religious Studies in all their diversity are encouraged. Religion may be conceived in terms of the expression of core beliefs and values, constructed in dialogue between the individual and culture, including popular culture, or purely as a cultural construction.

ISSN: 1703-289X
The Editors

Dr. Scott Daniel Dunbar
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the History of Religion
Centre for Religious Studies
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia
Phone: 011-61-03-9905-8748

Jennifer E. Porter (Social Sciences)
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL, Canada A1A 2E9
Phone: (709) 864-2469

Editorial Advisory Committee
Mary Ann Beavis, Department of Religion and Culture
St. Thomas More College

Brenda E. Brasher, Department of Sociology
University of Aberdeen

Charles M. Brown, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Albright College (Book Review Editor)

Robert M. Fowler, Department of Religion
Baldwin-Wallace College 

Irving Hexham, Department of Religious Studies
University of Calgary

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Director of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Moravian Theological Seminary

Stephen A. Kent, Department of Sociology
University of Alberta

Chris Klassen, Department of Religion and Culture
Wilfrid Laurier University

Larry J. Kreitzer, Tutor of New Testament and Tutor for Graduates
Regent's Park College

Yves Laberge, Faculty of Arts
University of Ottawa

Jeffrey H. Mahan, Ralph E. and Norma E. Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication
Iliff School of Theology

Christopher Moreman, Department of Philosophy
California State University

Jennifer Porter, Department of Religious Studies
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Erin Runions, Associate Professor - Department of Religious Studies
Pomona College
All Journal of Religion and Popular Culture submissions, reviews, and editorial work is done through our online peer review management system ScholarOne Manuscripts. Prior to submitting your article, you will have to register for an account.

You will be submitting your final manuscript as a digital file by using ScholarOne Manuscripts. The JRPC is interested in submissions which investigate religion and religious expression in relation to the following areas of contemporary popular culture: fan culture, comic books, popular novels, popular film, television, radio, popular journalism, print media, Internet, popular art and architecture, popular religious movements, advertising, popular music, and video games. However, potential contributors should consider this list as representative, not exhaustive; please consult the Academic Editor to discuss possible submissions in other areas.

All articles must be the author’s original work, previously unpublished, and not being reviewed for publication with another journal.

At this time, we would ask that you please contribute content to the journal online.

If you are a new contributor to the journal, please visit and select “register here” to create a new account. You will be asked to fill in a brief contributor form. Be sure to click the “finish” button to save your data. You will then be able to log in, using the username and password you created, and view the contributor homepage, which is the starting point for all functions available to you as a contributor.

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If you previously held an account on PRESTO, you will need to reset your password before logging in for the first time on ScholarOne. To do so, please visit and enter your e-mail address in the “Password help” box and press “go” only once. You will receive an e-mail with a link to reset your password. Once the password has been reset, you will be able to log in and view the contributor homepage, which is the starting point for all functions available to you as a contributor.

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In response to the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications Journal of Religion and Popular Culture has developed a plan to ensure our authors are able to comply with the policy. There are two flavours of open access allowed by the Tri-Agency - green and gold - and we have an option for both.
Green Open Access
Twelve (12) months after publication of the version of record (i.e., the article after copyediting, tagging, typesetting, etc.), the author may deposit a copy of the accepted article in their institutional repository. Please let us know when the deposit is made so that we can update our records.
Gold Open Access
At publication, the final version of record will become freely available on our primary platform, The Author Publication Charge is $3,000.

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