Prior to closing Nomos Journal at the end of 2019, I started a column there that explored topics and ideas related to my dissertation project. The column, Remixing Religion, was meant to serve as a companion to the dissertation, testing out developing ideas and concepts I was working through in the larger project, highlighting topics or examples that weren’t making their way into it, and addressing current cultural trends and happenings that were particularly timely and worth noting sooner rather than later. In its initial context, the column only contained two posts, but I continued it here in a more informal blog format (those two posts were reproduced here as well). In brief, Remixing Religion was an exercise in applying remix theory to various phenomena and developments recognized in the Western world as being “religious” – especially in popular cultural manifestations. I’m currently in the process of refocusing the blog now that I’ve completed my dissertation. Stay tuned.
The connection between processes linked to memory and memorial are uniquely demonstrated in the film Yesterday, and the elements of remembrance and storytelling it illustrates might help in considering practices related to loss.
Buddhist teachings on attachment and desire can help us understand the widespread reluctance to accept and embrace societal changes during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Disney’s new Zenimation series is more than just a themed collection of soothing vignettes. The mashup project is an extension of trends and processes characterizing both Buddhist Modernism and twenty-first-century Western mindfulness sensibilities.
Han Solo’s remarks in The Force Awakens (2015) about the true existence of the Force and Jedi signal an interplay between canonical and non-canonical material that taps into an even broader concern over authority and canonicity among traditions outside of the Star Wars universe – in particular, the world’s religions.
The White Walkers and wights in Game of Thrones critically remix Haitian zombie lore as they push the inhabitants of Westeros to build a better world.
Remix theory uniquely allows for the consideration of broader cultural practices and productions outside of image and sound as “remixes,” opening them up to examinations that shift how they are viewed and understood amid new terminology and conceptual framing – including religion.