IS POP CULTURE THE NEW RELIGION?


It has been suggested by a number of scholars that popular culture is "like" religion,"functions" as religion, or can do "religious work." Students in my 3rd year "Religion and Disney" course have explored these ideas through fan videos to uncover some of Disney's religious dimensions. Click the image above to watch one student's video interpretation of Disney's The Lion King. Click here to read the explanation of the video. Visit the Disney Fan Video page for many more student-made videos .


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I am an Associate Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. My primary research and teaching interests are in the area of religion and popular culture, with an emphasis on Star Trek and Religion, Religion and Disney, and Religion in television and film. Other research and teaching interests include alternative spiritualities (Paganism, Spiritualism, New Age) and Implicit Religion.


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LATEST NEWS


My husband, Clark Ross, just won the 2014 ECMA  award for "Classical Composition of the Year"! Check out his winning piece here!

A new 4th year Special Topics course in Religion and Culture is in development - Religion in Disney Parks! This course involves a field trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and, pending review, will be offered in January 2015. If you are interested in learning more about this course, please email me.