Professor Jolyon Mitchell

Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh

Jolyon specialises in religion, violence and peacebuilding, including the role of the arts and media in inciting violence and promoting peace. 

A former BBC World Service producer and journalist, he is Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, as well as President of Theology and Religious Studies UK and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Nominated for seven teaching awards he is open to providing lectures on a wide range of other topics (including: Searching for Peace in Theatre, Peacebuilding through the Arts, Representing Peace in Russian Film, the Making of Martyrs, Searching for Truth and Reconciliation through Film and Religion and the News).


Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence: The Role of Religion and Media (Routledge 2012)
Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2012)
Media Violence and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press 2007)

His co-edited books include:

Religion and the News (Ashgate 2012)
The Religion and Film Reader (Routledge 2007)
Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture (Continuum, 2003)

His lectures build upon original research undertaken for these and other publications.

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TEDx Talk: Published on April 20, 2015 - Jolyon takes a look at the relationship between art and warfare, using his experience as a BBC journalist as inspiration. In this thought provoking talk he explores how the perspective with which we view something can change its very nature.

Staff Profile: The University of Edinburgh

Lecture titles

  • Passion Play: The Mysterious Revivals of Religious Drama
  • Reframing News about Violence and Distant Suffering
  • ‘Swords into Ploughshares’: Promoting Peace through the Arts