New Book Series on Theology and Popular Culture

Fortress Press and Lexington have a new book series focused on theology and popular culture. I’m sure I’ll propose something to them, given the focus of the series. The hard part will be deciding which of the many ideas that spring to mind, all of which interest me greatly, ought to be the one that I focus on. Any thoughts?

Here’s the call for proposals of whole volumes, and for submissions to an initial volume that will apparently be starting off the series:

The Theology and Pop Culture series from Lexington Books and Fortress Academic is interested in proposed volumes on various themes related to popular culture, i.e., music, television, movies, etc. Such themes can include a genre (ex: science fiction), a favorite director (ex: Stanley Kubrick), or an author (ex: James Baldwin). Potential volume editors should submit a CV and a short prospectus (300-500 words) including a projected table of contents (if single-authored), projected length, and a date of submission to series editor Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com.

Call for Papers: Theology and Game of Thrones 

Theology and Pop Culture is currently seeking contributions for a potential volume on the work of George R.R. Martin and the world of Game of Thrones. Essays should be written for academics, but avoid “jargon” to be accessible for the layperson.

Potentials ideas include but are not limited to:

The Drowned God, “What is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger.” Baptism and religious initiation; Death is the first and the last enemy: The understanding of Death in religious traditions; Zoroaster and the Lord of Light; The Seven and the Trinity; Animism and the old gods; Heart trees and sacred spaces; Looking for the divine in a world of many gods: religious pluralism in a globalized world (exclusion, inclusion, inclusivism, universalism, handling religious conflicts, etc.); Old gods, new gods, the Lord of Light: religious progression from polytheism to monotheism in modernity’s understanding of religion; Seeing many gods as aspects of one divine: Hindu monotheism; Jesus and the way of Baelor; Serving the Lord of Light without knowing it: pneumatological inclusivism; When religion wields the sword: The Faith Militant in Westeros; The Prince that was Promised and Messianic expectations; “It is known”: Faith and epistemic humility; “It’s your gods who have all the rules”: Navigating multi-faith marriages; “We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood”: Understanding belief in Spiritual Warfare; Prophets, Seers, and three-eyed ravens: visions and dreams in Pentecostal experience

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Please submit Abstracts between 300-700 words with CVs to Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com by July 1, 2018

  2. Submission deadline for drafts (6,000-10,000 words) of accepted papers: January 15, 2018

The website has more information about the series – and suggests that they are also looking for contributions to their blog associated with the new book series too!

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