2023 International Conference

The ISMRC held the 2023 Conference from August 2-5 in Bochum, Germany in conjunction with the Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University-Bochum. See the conference page for a recap and information on the Stewart M. Hoover Mentorship Award recipients. 

The next ISMRC conference will be held in August 2025 in Boston, USA. 

Religion, as humanity’s oldest expression of values, identity and community, has always been a mediated practice. In contemporary society religious ideas are communicated, learned, represented, enacted and resisted through various forms of media. Religion circulates through social media, is discussed in the news and becomes a source of imagery for film and television.

The International Society for Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC) was founded in 2010 out of a series of conferences on the interplay between media, religion and culture starting in 1994. Today the ISMRC is a vibrant research community of scholars with a large variety of international, disciplinary and religious backgrounds, covering topics such as journalism on religion; religion, popular culture and entertainment; and digital religion.

The ISMRC organizes biennial conferences and the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (RMDC) is published by Brill in cooperation with the ISMRC.