• Lee-Shae Scharnick-Udemans Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice University of the Western Cape
  • Rosalind IJ Hackett University of Tennessee


Against the background of the decolonial turn in scholarship, we reflect on the implications of the exclusion of Africa and Africans from the epistemo-logical labour involved in the development of the field of religion and media. In reviewing recent developments in the field of religion and media studies in Africa, we reveal the research dearth produced by the scarcity of studies in religion and media in Africa, which focuses on the interplays and overlaps between religion, media, and gender. This introduction illustrates the possibility that gender perspectives, approaches, and theorising might contribute to the advancement of the field of religion and media in Africa and examines the possibilities that are generated by the seven contribu-tions featured in this volume. In recognising the discursive, material, and contextual nature of knowledge production, we understand how, through explorations in the religion-media marketplace, the limitations of traditional notions of the field and the archive are challenged.

Author Biographies

Lee-Shae Scharnick-Udemans, Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice University of the Western Cape
Dr Lee Scharnick-Udemans is the senior researcher in the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape. Her research focuses on religious diversity and religious pluralism in the context of contemporary South Africa. She researches, teaches, and supervises in the area of religious diversity, pluralism, religion education, the political economy of religion, new religious movements, and the media. She is the co-editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion and the submissions editor for the African Journal of Gender and Religion.
Rosalind IJ Hackett, University of Tennessee
Rosalind Hackett is the Chancellor's Professor, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee. She studied at the University of Leeds, King's College, London, and the Univer-sity of Aberdeen and lectured at the Universities of Ibadan and Calabar, while conducting field research in Nigeria.