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Dec 14
13:00 - 14:00
Wired for Sound: Reshaping Religion through Christmas Radio Programmes
Religious Studies Research Seminar
Dr Chris Deacy (University of Kent)

Abstract: This paper will examine how a substantive definition of religion, whereby the presence of a core doctrinal or institutional manifestation of religion is being flagged up, is the best or even the only criteria for identifying and evaluating the extent to which the BBC is disseminating religion on its airwaves each Christmas. In so doing, I will be asking whether, in keeping with Jeffrey Mahan's claim that 'in post-modern communities, religion is multivalent and the wall between sacred and secular is clearly porous' (Mahan 2007: 52), ostensibly 'secular' radio programmes may be shaping the format and content of contemporary religion. Citing particular examples, I will be exploring the extent to which the nostalgia and fandom generated across a range of BBC national, regional and local radio stations may be no less fecund when it comes to exploring matters of faith, identity, beliefs and values than programmes made within the auspices and remit of religious broadcasting.


Seminar Room 2,
Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


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