Film and Theology

International Research Group  

Sprache: Deutsch

The international research project group ‚Film and Theology’ brings together theological scholars who work within a university setting with others who work within church-funded media-centres. Current members include scholars from Austrian, Swiss, German, Belgian and UK universities and institutions.

Research of the Film and Theology group focuses mostly on feature films. This genre is understood as one which reconstructs many dimensions of human life in ever new and aesthetically varying forms, which deals with the past through memories, and which sketches future developments in often playful ways. A special emphasis is placed on the religious dimension of human existence, which can be dealt with explicitly or be evoked through aesthetic means in feature films. At the heart of the project group's research are auteur cinema as well as mainstream films. While contemporary productions form the central focus, older, historically significant films, too, come into view where relevant.


After almost 25 years, the book series „Film und Theologie“ is relaunched in the new series Religion, Film und Medien. The first book is to be published in March: LEID_BILDER. Die Passionsgeschichte in der Kultur

This was the annual
conference 2017:

May 24th - 27th, 2017 in Graz (Austria):

und Religion

(Comic movie adaptations and Religion)

Click here for the conference schedule (german only)

 Peter Hasenberg, Bonn; Prof. Dr. Reinhold Zwick, Münster and Dr. Markus Leniger, Schwerte


Annual Conference:
Fluchtpunkte. Religion und Migration im Film

Schwerte (Germany), Katholische Akademie, May 30th-June 1st, 2018

Draft Agenda … (german)

Call for papers:

The 2018, 4/2 issue of JRFM (November 2018) will deal with Material and media dimensions of wedding

Please download the complete call HERE and submit your papers on until February 28th, 2018.