On Tuesday this week we will be discussing the growth of Media, Culture and Religion as a growing interdisciplinary field of inquiry. This area bring together scholars student from Communication, Sociology, Religious Studies, Theology, Political Science and the arts who are interested in exploring how religion is presented in popular culture and how religious groups negotiate with the mass media.
Our reading (Stewart Hoover, 2002. “The Culturalist Turn in Scholarship in Media and Religion” Journal of Media and Religion, 1(1): 25-36) presents the thinking of one of the leading scholars in the Field. Professor Stewart Hoover teaches at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is also head of the Center for Media, Religion & Culture. So based on the reading what have you learned about how this area of study has developed? What are some of the different perspective researchers have taken when studying this intersection?