REVER - Religion and Pop Culture

REVER n.º 3 | 2020

Call open until 30-06-2020

Pop Culture presents itself as a lifestyle shaped by entertainment, which values body and sexual imageries, and it’s based on a principle of fruition and emancipation, as experienced in the social aspects of spectacle and consumerism. In so doing, it has also implied a resignification of the notion of «culture», more modern and urban, typical of a post-World War II society looking for release, and in contrast with the rural folklore. A cluster of youth cultures here find a shared identity, materialized in different artistic expressions: rhythms, gestures, places. This pop identity produces a specific idiom, both visual and acoustic, with its own symbology, and it’s under its shade that many identitary processes take place, personal and collective. Ultimately, Pop Culture’s ritual dimension leaves the door open to an eventual «Pop Theology» (Mark Alizart).


The coming REVER’s dossier welcomes articles exploring topics like:

  • How religious institutions and Pop’s consumption ethics interact, both according to a model of interdiction and of assimilation;
  • How the religious phenomenon is reinterpreted and reshaped by modern youth cultures;
  • How does Pop music questions the dicomization between sacred and profane music;
  • Pop Culture as religious imagery repository, used in the construction of the superstar’s persona and power, and in the emotional spectacles;
  • Between Cynics and Prophets: existential viewpoints and horizons in Pop’s Landscape;
  • Pop Culture and Religious Minorities;
  • The use and presence of the body in Pop Culture’s performative dimension;
  • Local-based studies (a church, a religious group/ movement, a parish, an artistic event);
  • Pop Culture’s traces in Visual Arts (graffiti, comics, cinema);
  • Religion in Pop Culture’s subgenres;
  • A study-case: an artist, one music band, an artistic piece.
 

                                                                                 Edited by: Cátia Tuna | Rui Fernandes