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Theology and Film

  • Course Dates: Mon 28 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 1 July, 2:00 pm

This module explores the growing field of theology and film.

Students will become conversant in the language and history of cinema, noting specifically the unique ways in which film uses technology, editing, framing, and sound to convey meaning. After a brief introduction to film studies, students will then explore the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches.

We will spend time looking at and studying selected films (The Railway Man, The Tango Lesson and Chinatown), allowing students to develop the critical skills helpful for film interpretation and explore possible theological approaches to film criticism.

Students will investigate the claims that contemporary film provides an alternative site or location for religion in the context of modern consumer societies.

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Mon 28 June, 2:00 pm
Thu 1 July, 2:00 pm
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Dr Eleanor McLaughlin is Programme Leader for Postgraduate Programmes in Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College. Guest lecturers are Dr Michael Burdett is Assistant Professor in Christian Theology, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham. His research interests include the image of God/theological anthropology and eschatology; religion and science; and, religion and culture -- particularly in relation to aesthetics and secularisation. Dr Chris Deacy is Head of Department of Religious Studies and Reader in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Kent. His research interests include film, radio, and theology. He hosts the podcast Nostalgia. Victoria Omotoso recently completed her PhD at the University of Exeter. Her research interests are theology and film; music and theology, biblical studies, ecology and soteriology. Katie Turner is an independent scholar whose professional background is working in museum education for the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, and the Science Museum in London. Her research interests include passion dramas, clothing and dress behaviour of the Second Temple period, and its reception in Christian art.
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