Journal of Religion & Film

Editor Announcement

John C. Lyden named as new editor
of the Journal of Religion & Film

As one of the founding editors of the Journal of Religion & Film, I am delighted to announce that John C. Lyden has agreed to serve as the editor of the Journal of Religion & Film. Lyden takes over the editorship from Michele Marie Desmarais who has served as the editor for the past three years. His first issue will be published in October, 2011.

Lyden has long been involved in the American Academy of Religion Group on Religion, Film, and Visual Culture and has been co-chair of that group since 2005. He is the author of Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals (New York: NYU Press, 2003), and is the editor of Enduring Issues in Religion (San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1995). He is also the editor of The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (Routledge, 2009), and is currently at work on a Companion to Religion and Popular Culture.

He has published numerous articles on interreligious dialogue, religion and culture, and religion and film, which have appeared in edited volumes as well as journals such as the Journal of Religion and Film, Dialogue and Alliance, Religion and Public Education, and The Journal of Ecumenical Studies. In 2007, he was interviewed for and appeared in the History Channel documentary, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. He was also the 2008 recipient of the Spiritus Award for Outstanding Contributions to the study of Religion and Film.

He has been a member of the board of JR&F since 2000. Lyden presently is Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Dana College from 1991-2010.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Michele Marie Desmarais for serving as the editor for the past three years. An outstanding scholar, she has contributed much to JR & F, has steadied the ship and put the Journal on course for the future.

— WLB


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