Dr. Marie-Therese Mäder

Universität Zürich
Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik
Kantonsschulstrasse 1
CH-8001 Zürich

LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München
+49 (0)89 / 2180-3945


Marie-Therese Mäder is a scholar in the study of religion with particular interest in the field of media and religion where she has published several articles and books. Her current research focuses on (self-)representation strategies of religious communities in documentary media supported by the Bayerische Gleichstellungsförderung based at Ludwigs-Maximillians-Universität in Munich. She teaches at the Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics at the University of Zurich in the field of religion and the public sphere and she is also a lecturer for media ethics at the universities of applied science in Chur (HTW) and Bern (BF)/Switzerland. Since 2006 she has been a member of the research group "Media and Religion". She is a member of the editorial boards of JRFM and of the book series Religion, Film und Medien (Schüren, Marburg) and Media and Religion (Nomos, Baden-Baden).

Anna-Katharina Höpflinger / Marie-Therese Mäder (eds.), "Who being loved is poor?" Material and Media Dimensions of Wedding, Journal for Religion, Film, and Media 7/2, 2018,

Natalie Fritz / Marie-Therese Mäder / Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati / Baldessare Scolari (eds.). Leid-Bilder. Die Passionsgeschichte in der Kultur, Marburg: Schüren Verlag, 2018.

Research Topics

(Self-)representations of religious communities in the media
Migration and religious identity processes
Material and media dimension of weddings
Documentary media and religion
Media ethics
Images as religious practices
Audience studies under the aspect of religious persuasion
The passion narrative in culture
Film and religion
Gender and religion

Co-editor of the Journal for Religion, Film and Media

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