Play and Protest
University of Kent
23-25 July 2019
Papers and panels are invited for the bi-annual conference of the Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network.
The aim of this conference is to explore themes related to play and protest as cultural activities and how these themes resonate within all aspects of popular culture. Special attention will be paid to fandom, film and TV, gaming and music, though any aspect of popular culture’s interface with religion and religious themes will be considered.
The strands that will run throughout the conference are: Play and Protest; Fantasy and Reality; the Religious and the Profane; Gaming and Literature. We welcome submissions that explore a broad range of topics and researchers from diverse backgrounds.
We are interested in papers and panels that explore the following, though this list is by no means exhaustive:
Cosplay as protest and play
The cult of sport
Myth and legend within games/video games and their narrative
Fantasy as an expression of self and other
Science fiction and dystopia
Religion and non-religions
Play and protest as theological practices
Nostalgia and self-exploration
Transcendence and protest in music and art
Film as a medium for disseminating concepts of play and protest
Technology and the new world
Graphic novels and comics
Popular cultural consumption and/as spirituality