This book offers an introduction to the study of religion with a particular interest for visual communication. By discussing several examples from the European history of religion and the contemporary world, it presents central theories and methods. The book is published by De Gruyter in Berlin and can be ordered here (25 Euro).


A new volume!

«Leid-Bilder. Die Passionsgeschichte in der Kultur» explores references to the Passion in the history of cinema and culture in an interdisciplinary conversation. In 16 chapters dedicated to a particular film researchers in the study of religion, theology, ethics, sociology, cinema and visual study, history of literature, drama and music, low and economics, psychology, human and veterinary medicine and pharmacology discuss the relevance of a crucial narrative in Christianity.

The book is published by Schüren in Marburg (600 pages with several illustrations, 44 Euro). It can be ordered here.

The volume contains contributions presented in a conference series at the university of Zurich in the fall term 2015.


The Journal for Religion, Film and Media is dedicated to the relationship of Religion, audiovisual media and communication. The journal is published in open access and can be downloaded from the website. The publishing house Schüren provides printed issues that can be ordered here. The last issues of JRFM explores the use of images in teaching religious studies.


«Augen-Blicke. 29 Perspektiven auf Religion» is a book edited by Dolores Zoé Bertschinger, Natalie Fritz, Anna-Katharina Höpflinger and Marie-Therese Mäder. It presents 29 concepts of religion arising from the analysis of selected images. The volume is discussed in a radio broadcast:  Blickpunkt Religion  (DRS) and can be ordered here. The book contains a few articles in English.



The research group «Media and Religion» has a new website with a detailed description of the activities, publications, videos, projects and of its members in German and English:


We are working on a fascinating project focussing on «The Highgate Cemetery in London: Images as Socio-religious Practices». On you find a description of the topics, goals, and participants to the project.




In this publication some crucial aspects of a my research work on «visible religion» are presented. You can download it a a pdf directly here or order a free print version at the Swiss Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences.


Sichtbare Religion


A publication on the relationship between gender, religion, normativity and images:
Journal for Gender & Religion 2015, 1, 1.