Christianity and pop culture

Course content

10th June Day 1

 

9.00-12.00: Introduction to the course, theory and methods, Emil Saggau & Ryszard Brobowich

Intro to the field: curriculum, course-material, examination and topics

Intro to the field II: methods and theories

Reading (recommended, but it is for the entire course)

  • Hjarvard, Stig & M Lövheim (eds), Mediatization and Religion: Nordic Perspectives. Nordicom, Göteborg
  •  Hjarvard, S 2012, “Three Forms of Mediatized Religion: Changing the Public Face of Religion”. in, pp. 21-44 (22 pages)
  • Hjarvard, Stig & M Lövheim. "The Mediatized Conditions of Contemporary Religion: Critical Status and Future Directions". Journal of religion, media and digital culture 8 (2019) 206-225 (19 pages)
  • Hjarvard, Stig. ”The mediatisation of religion: Theorising religion, media
  • and social change”, Culture and Religion,2011.p. 119-135 (14 pages)
  • Lynch, Gordon. Understanding theology and popular culture. London Blackwell publishing, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-405-11747-0.
    p. 1-194 (193 pages)
  • Brobowich, Ryszard and Emil Saggau . The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology, 2023 (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

 

12-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.00:  how to write a paper on this topic

14-16.00: Ryszard Brobowich. Popculture in streaming shows

Reading

  • Cressler, Matthew J.. ”The Netflix Series That Should Make Religious People Uncomfortable”. The Atlantic, 2021 (5 pages)
  • Bobrowicz, Ryszard and Emil Hilton Saggau ”Chapter 6: The figure of Christ in South Park and Family Guy as an embodiment of American religiosity” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

 

Watching

Un-Orthodox (Netflix)
"Part 1" (episode 1, 2020)

Midnight Mass (Netflix)
"Book I: Genesis" (episode 1: 2021)

16.00-17.00:  Group work

19.00: Dinner

20.00: Movie – South Park

 

22the June, day 2


10-12.00: Aron Engberg. Evangelical Christianity and Popular Apocalypticism

Reading

Frykholm, Amy Johnson and Amy Johnson Frykholm. Rapture Culture : Left Behind in Evangelical America. Oxford University Press USA - OSO. 2003, p. 3-88; 105-130 (100 pages)

12-13.00: Lunch break

13.00-15.00:  
Jesus and friends. Emil Saggau

Reading

  • Reinhartz, Adele. Jesus of Hollywood. 2007 ISBN: 9780195146967 Oxford Scholarship p. 3-63; 98-122 (84 pages)
  • DeVille, Chris. "Christian America’s Must-See TV Show" The Atlantic, 2021 (5 pages)

 

Watching

The Chosen (2017-, Angel Studios)

Episode 1 “I Have Called You By Name”

https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen/watch/episodes/season-1-episode-1-i-have-called-you-by-name&ap=true

15-15.30: Break

15.30-18.30: The devil in the detail – examine the role of Satan in pop culture. Emil Saggau

Reading

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew and Hansen, Regina M.. Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema, New York, USA: Fordham University Press, 2021  ISBN: 9780823297924 (p. 1-14; 42-58; 58-70 – 42 pages)

1)  Regina M. Hansen and Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. "Introduction: Giving the Devil His Due"  (p. 1-14)

2) J. P. Telotte. "Disney’s Devils" (p. 42-58)

3) Katherine A. Fowkes. "What’s the Deal with the Devil? The Comedic Devil in Four Films" (p. 58-70)

Watching

Lucifer (Fox-Netflix)

"A Priest Walks into a Bar" Season 1 episode 9 (2016)

"O, Ye of Little Faith, Father" Season 4 episode 3 (2019)

19: Dinner

20.00: Movie 2: Moonraker – James Bond

 

23th June, Day 3


9.00- 12.00:  James bond and Christianity Emil Saggau

Reading

Teemu Taira. “Reading Bond Films through the Lens of “Religion” - Discourse of “the West and the Rest”. JFRM, 2019, (21 pages)

Sieberhagen, Thomas ”Chapter 7: Hypocrites and Holy Fools: Christian Characters in American Films and Television” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

Taira,Teemu. ”Chapter 5: Representing Atheism in Film” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

12-13.00: Lunch break

13.00-16.00: Black Christianity in movies and music. Emil Saggau

Listening, reading and watching (music videos)

Lemonade (Beyoncé album, 2016) – Music videos (Youtube), text and music

Lil Nas X - "Montero (Call Me by Your Name) – 2021, Music videos (Youtube), text and music (8 pages)

 

30th June, Day 4


9.00-10.00: theory of music and religion, Emil Saggau

Reading

  • Otterbeck, Jonas ”Chapter 10: An Islamic Ethical Masculinity: The case of Islamic popstars” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology
  • Otterbeck, Jonas. The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021, p. 1-22 (21 pages)

Watching/listening

 

Raef, "The Muslim Christmas Song" (2017)
 
10.00-12.00 Music and Christianity I – Balkan. Emil Saggau

Reading

Čvoro, Uroš. Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia. Routledge, p. 1-129 (128 pages)

Watching/listening/reading

  • Beogradski Sindikat. “Welcome to Serbia” (2010)              
  • Beogradski Sindikat. “Sviće zora (The Dawn is rising)” (2020)
  • Beogradski Sindikat .”Dogodine u Prizrenu (Next Year in Prizren)” (2019)               
  • “Oi Kosovo, Kosovo”
  • “Himna Za Život Srbije (Hymn for the Life of Serbia)”       

See https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt9UrrTAqfDJfGSsOe8Jk2SeY7cVbk14S


12-14.00: Lunch break and group assignments.

14.00-15.00: Music and Christianity II- Denmark. Emil Saggau

Will be updated with a youtube link to a playlist

15.00-16.00: Music and Christianity III – Sweden. Emil Saggau

Will be updated with a youtube link to a playlist

17: Drinks and dinner

20.00: Cultural event

 

1th July, day 5

 

10-11: How to write a paper II

11-12:
Presentation of student analysis, papers topics and analysis

12-13: Break

13.00-15.30: Presentation of student analysis, papers topics and analysis

15.30-16.00: concluding remarks, exams and deadlines

 

Kurset er støttet af en række fonde, hvorfor vi tilbyder muligheder for overnatning i Lund for danske studerende stiller fra den 10-11 juni og den 22-23, samt 30 juli og 1 juni – samt middage alle dage.

Secondary literature: 836

 

Other sources: 500 pages

Music texts: 48 pages of music – aprox. 100 pages

Movies:  2 movies = 200 pages
Tv-series: 5 episodes = 200 pages

 

Reading

Cressler, Matthew J.. ”The Netflix Series That Should Make Religious People Uncomfortable”. The Atlantic, 2021 (5 pages)

Frykholm, Amy Johnson and Amy Johnson Frykholm. Rapture Culture : Left Behind in Evangelical America. Oxford University Press USA - OSO. 2003, p. 3-88; 105-130 (100 pages)

Čvoro, Uroš. Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia. Routledge, p. 1-129 (128 pages)

DeVille, Chris. "Christian America’s Must-See TV Show" The Atlantic, 2021 (5 pages)

Hjarvard, Stig & M Lövheim (eds), Mediatization and Religion: Nordic Perspectives. Nordicom, Göteborg

  1. Hjarvard, S 2012, “Three Forms of Mediatized Religion: Changing the Public Face of Religion”. in, pp. 21-44 (22 pages)
  2. Line Nybroe Petersen. ”Danish Twilight fandom. Transformative Processes of religion” p. 163-183 (20 pages)
  3. Liv Ingeborg Lied. ”Religious Change and Popular Culture – with a Nod to the Mediatization of Religion Debate”, p. 183-202 (20 pages)

Hjarvard, Stig & M Lövheim. "The Mediatized Conditions of Contemporary Religion: Critical Status and Future Directions". Journal of religion, media and digital culture 8 (2019) 206-225 (19 pages)

Hjarvard, Stig. ”The mediatisation of religion: Theorising religion, media and social change”, Culture and Religion,2011.p. 119-135 (14 pages)

Lynch, Gordon. Understanding theology and popular culture. London Blackwell publishing, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-405-11747-0.
p. 1-194 (193 pages)

Otterbeck, Jonas. The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021, p. 1-22 (21 pages)

Reinhartz, Adele. Jesus of Hollywood. 2007 ISBN: 9780195146967

Oxford Scholarship p. 3-63; 98-122 (84 pages)

Teemu Taira. “Reading Bond Films through the Lens of “Religion” - Discourse of “the West and the Rest”. JFRM, 2019, (21 pages)

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew and Hansen, Regina M.. Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema, New York, USA: Fordham University Press, 2021  ISBN: 9780823297924 (p. 1-14; 42-58; 58-70 – 42 pages)

1)  Regina M. Hansen and Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. "Introduction: Giving the Devil His Due"  (p. 1-14)

2) J. P. Telotte. "Disney’s Devils" (p. 42-58)

3) Katherine A. Fowkes. "What’s the Deal with the Devil? The Comedic Devil in Four Films" (p. 58-70)

 

The following draft papers will be distributed as pdf-files to participants (120 pages) – they are all drafts and please keep them inside this forum

Brobowich, Ryszard and Emil Saggau . The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology, 2023 (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

Bobrowicz, Ryszard and Emil Hilton Saggau ”Chapter 6: The figure of Christ in South Park and Family Guy as an embodiment of American religiosity” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

Otterbeck, Jonas ”Chapter 10: An Islamic Ethical Masculinity: The case of Islamic popstars” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

Saggau, Emil. “The emergence of the American devil – Lucifer - on screen today - reassessing the devil figure in American streaming series and cartoons” (draft, 20 pages)

Sieberhagen, Thomas ”Chapter 7: Hypocrites and Holy Fools: Christian Characters in American Films and Television” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

Taira,Teemu. ”Chapter 5: Representing Atheism in Film” 2023, (draft, 20 pages) from Emil Saggau and Ryszard Brobowich. The signs of time - Popular culture and Political theology

 

Sources /movies /music

 

Movies

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

James Bond /”Moonraker” (Lewis Gilbert, GB/FR/US 1979)

 

TV-series

 

Lucifer (Fox-Netflix)

"A Priest Walks into a Bar" Season 1 episode 9 (2016)

"O, Ye of Little Faith, Father" Season 4 episode 3 (2019)

Un-Orthodox
"Part 1" (episode 1, 2020)

Midnight Mass (Netflix)
"Book I: Genesis" (episode 1: 2021)

The Chosen (2017-, Angel Studios)

Episode 1 “I Have Called You By Name”

https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen/watch/episodes/season-1-episode-1-i-have-called-you-by-name&ap=true

 

Music

 

See Music sources catalogue

Lemonade (Beyoncé album, 2016) – Music videos (Youtube), text and music

Raef, "The Muslim Christmas Song" (2017)

Lil Nas X - "Montero (Call Me by Your Name) – 2021 (8 pages)

Beogradski Sindikat. “Welcome to Serbia” (2010)

Beogradski Sindikat. “Sviće zora (The Dawn is rising)” (2020)

Beogradski Sindikat .”Dogodine u Prizrenu (Next Year in Prizren)” (2019)

“Oi Kosovo, Kosovo”      

“Himna Za Život Srbije (Hymn for the Life of Serbia)”

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gennemgås i forbindelse med undervisningen, og den opgavelitteratur, som den skriftlige
hjemmeopgave baserer sig på, og som den studerende selv finder og får godkendt af underviser.
Pensum (kursus- og opgavelitteraturen tilsammen) må ikke overstige 1.500 sider.
b) Aktiv deltagelse (mindst 75 % af afholdte timer dokumenteret ved protokol) samt udarbejdelse af
en skriftlig hjemmeopgave, der har et omfang af 24.000-28.800 tegn, dvs. 10-12 sider, baseret på
600-800 sider litteratur efter aftale med faglæreren. Tekstsider på græsk, hebraisk, latin eller lignende
tæller dobbelt, medmindre de ledsages af en oversættelse.


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a) Pensum i et omfang af 1.200-1.500 sider. Tekstsider på græsk, hebraisk, latin eller lignende tæller dobbelt, medmindre de ledsages af en oversættelse. Pensum omfatter både den kursuslitteratur, som gennemgås i forbindelse med undervisningen, og den opgavelitteratur, som den skriftlige hjemmeopgave baserer sig på, og som den studerende selv finder og får godkendt af underviser.
Pensum (kursus- og opgavelitteraturen tilsammen) må ikke overstige 1.500 sider.
b) Aktiv deltagelse (mindst 75 % af afholdte timer dokumenteret ved protokol) samt udarbejdelse af en skriftlig hjemmeopgave, der har et omfang af 36.000-48-000 tegn, dvs. 15-20 sider, baseret på 800-1.000 sider litteratur efter aftale med faglæreren. Tekstsider på græsk, hebraisk eller latin tæller dobbelt, medmindre de ledsages af en oversættelse. Pensum (kursus- og opgavelitteraturen tilsammen) må ikke overstige 1.500 sider.
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  • Class Instruction
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  • 122
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  • 150
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Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
TTEAKH049U
ECTS
15 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Part Time Master
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Summer And Autumn
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Studyboard
Study board of Theology
Contracting department
  • Theology
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  • Faculty of Theology
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  • Carsten Selch Jensen   (3-6b7b72487c6d777436737d366c73)
Teacher

Emil Saggau

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