Reframing Authority

The Role of Media and Materiality


  • Laura Feldt The Study of Religion, University of Southern Denmark



Authority, materiality, media, cross-disciplinary collaboration


This is the introduction for the special issue, which discusses our common questions and perspectives. It offers an introductory discussion of the key concepts - authority, materiality and media - and it presents the four articles of the special issue.

Author Biography

Laura Feldt, The Study of Religion, University of Southern Denmark

Associate professor, the Study of Religions, Department of History


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Debray, Regis. 1996. Media Manifestos. New York: Verso.

Feldt, Laura. 2016. “Contemporary fantasy fiction and representations of religion: Playing with reality, myth, and magic in His Dark Materials and Harry Potter.” Religion 46: 550–574.

Foucault, Michel. 1980. Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, edited by C. Gordon. New York: Pantheon Books.

Furedi, Frank. 2013. Authority: A Sociological Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Larsson, Göran. 2015. “Power.” In Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, edited by Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert A. Segal. Leiden: Brill.

Law, John. 2003. “The Manager and His Powers.” Published by the Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YN, UK.

Lewis, James R. 2012. Cults. London: Equinox.

Lincoln, Bruce. 1994. Authority: Construction and Corrosion. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Meyrowitz, Jerome. 1994. “Medium Theory.” In Communication Theory Today, edited by D. Crowley and D. Mitchell, 50–77. Cambridge: Polity Press.

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Weber, Max. 1922. “Die drei reinen Typen der legitimen Herrschaft. Eine soziologische Studie.” In Preussischen Jahrbüchern 187: 1–12.



How to Cite

Feldt, L. (2018). Reframing Authority: The Role of Media and Materiality. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 8(3), 185–192.