Professor Jolyon Mitchell

Jolyon Mitchell

Professor Jolyon Mitchell is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI), New College, University of Edinburgh, where he is also Professor in Communications, Arts and Religion.

Professor Mitchell’s research and teaching focuses on: Peacebuilding, Violence & Communications; Film, Religion & Ethics; Media, Religion & Culture; Theology, History & the Arts; and Media Ethics.

Educated at Cambridge, Durham, and Edinburgh Universities, Jolyon Mitchell worked as a producer and journalist for BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 before he was appointed to the University of Edinburgh. As Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues he directs a number of research projects and helps to host a wide range of public lectures and events.

He has supervised over a dozen doctorates and supervised well over 100 other postgraduates. Many of these completed doctorates have been published as books or articles. His former students now work in a wide range of countries including: Ghana, Nigeria, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Tuvalu, Germany, Canada, the USA and the UK.

Professor Mitchell is a regular broadcaster and he has given numerous invited lectures around the world including at the Gregorian University in Rome, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of the Philippines, the University of Sydney, the University of Tehran, the Theology Faculty at Butare, Rwanda and the Vrije University in Amsterdam as well as all over the UK, Ireland and different parts of North America.

His publications reflect some of his research interests and include: Media Violence and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2007); The Religion and Film Reader (co-editor with S. Brent Plate Routledge, 2007); Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture (co-editor with Sophia Marriage, Continuum, 2003); and Visually Speaking (T&T Clark, 1999). He is currently completing Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence (Routledge, 2011).

Professor Mitchell is also co-editor of three research monograph series with Routledge, including on Media, Religion and Culture; and on Film and Religion.

He was director of the Third International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture, Edinburgh, July 1999 and director of the Fourth International Conference on Peacemaking in the World of Film: from Conflict to Reconciliation, Edinburgh, July 2007. He has carried out original research in a wide range of countries around Europe and beyond including: Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana, and the Philippines. Professor Mitchell continues to contribute regularly to different media, providing specialist analysis on topics related to religion and media.

Selected publications

‘Media Violence and Christian Ethics’. Cambridge University Press, 2007, c.pp.347

Visually Speaking: Radio and the Renaissance of Preaching , Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999 and then published in America – Louisville, Kentucky: WJKP, 2000, pp.294

Co-editor, The Film and Religion Reader, London and New York: Routledge, 2007, c. pp.470

Co-editor, Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture, London: Continuum, 2003, pp.407

Contributing editor:

“Projecting Religion and Beyond in Global Film”. SWC, Vol.15 Part 2, 2009, pp. 105-198.

“Peacemaking in the World of Film”. SWC, Vol.14 Part 2, 2008, pp.104.

“Online Religion”, SWC, Vol.13 Part 3, 2007, pp. 104.

“Christianity and Television”, SWC, Vol.11 Part 1, 2005, pp.160.

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