In Western Europe, church attendence is in decline, while people flock to the movie theatre to experience grand narratives of good and evil in blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.This lecture will look at popular Hollywood films and argue that going to the movies is not just fun but that engaging Read more about Some Popcorn and a Movie, 12 Dec 2012 @ University of Hull[…]
Identity and Memory as Art Forms. A Reflection on MEMENTO and Ricœur’s Narrative Identity. Presentation at the 16th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture, “Cultures of Transition. Presence, Absence, Memory”, 19-21 October 2012, The Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Presentation for the “Religious Imaginaries” seminar at Heythrop College London, 5-7 Sept 2012. Abstract Technology does not simply exist – or is used – in a social or cultural vacuum, but technology becomes part of our symbolic universe. Envisioning and imagining past, present, and future technologies, we naturalize the human-machine relationship or express our fears Read more about Imagining Technology – Imagining the Human Condition, 5-7 Sept 2012 @ Heythrop College London[…]
Of Imprints and Metaphors. SciFi and the Construction of Stubborn Bodies. Presentation at the FWF research seminar Anthropotechnologies, 3-4 Sept 2012, University of Hull, communicating-bodies.net.
We have just released the program for our upcoming research seminar “Anthropotechnologies” at the University of Hull, 3-4 Sept 2012. If you are interested, please register your interest with me. Image: (C) Michael Hedwig.
Co-edited with Stefanie Knauss and Anna-Katharina Hoepflinger, forthcoming 2013. This book will feature world-leading scholars in body&religion research exploring what it means to understand (the) body as medium and religion as communication system as well as their interrelation and interdependence.
Male Believers: An (Interreligious) Exploration of Gender Roles on Screen. Refereed panel on masculinity and religion (together with Stefanie Knauß, Sofia Sjö, and Davide Zordan) at the Media, Religion, and Culture Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture. Anadolu Üniversitesi, Eskisehir, Turkey, 8-12 July 2012.
I co-organized (together with Isabelle Jonveaux and Christian Feichtinger) the conference Commun(icat)ing Bodies – The Body and Religion Conference which took place at the University of Graz/Austria, 15-17 Feb 2012. The project/conference website can be found here, the conference folder is also available. The keynote addresses by Prof. Anne-Sophie Lamine, Prof. Leopoldina Fortunati, Prof. Gerard Read more about Commun(icat)ing Bodies – The Body & Religion Conference[…]
The beginning of the research project Commun(icat)ing Bodies was marked by an exhibition of the Austrian artist Michael Hedwig: Commun(icat)ing Bodies. Körper in Kunst und Religion [Body in Art and Religion]. In his images, he is interested in bodies in motion, as intense experience, as intermingling and communicating bodies rather than static bodies. Together with Read more about Body in Art and Religion[…]