Abstract Recent TV series such as ALTERED CARBON (USA 2018) or AD VITAM (France 2019) do not just portray the possibilities of eternal life through technologies often imagined in transhumanist discourses (cloning, mind transfer, cell regeneration), but more importantly they discuss the tensions between wanting to live forever and wanting to die. In particular, in the first Read more about Between Eternal Life and Death Wishes: Imagining Transhumanism in Popular Culture[…]
In recent socio-political discourses and the right-shift across a number of European countries, the ideas of “borders” are increasingly invoked as harbingers of a new utopia. These borders are both “real borders” (borders of the nation state) that can be physically imposed and made visible through border controls as well as imaginary (who should or Read more about A Shattered Whole? Imagining Europe in Pieces[…]
I was discussing the body-mind dualism (or lack thereof) in the Netflix series Altered Carbon (2018). In my presentation, I argued that there is no real body-mind dualism but that it continues a return to the body of some of its science fiction predecessors. I also ponder over the question why the narrative contains religious Read more about Altered Carbon: Body and Mind?[…]
CrossFit is a fitness regime that has attracted a number of Christian athletes over the past few years. Some of these athletes bear witness to their faith with and through their bodies. Rich Froning, the four time winner of the annual CrossFit Games, for example, has “Galatians 6:14” (“May I never boast except in the Read more about Suffering in, for, and with Christ: Faithful CrossFit Bodies. 30 Sept 2015 @ Université de Strasbourg[…]
In this presentation, I will look at the sport of CrossFit from the perspective of “material religion”. A written and extended version of this talk will appear in the Material Religions Blog shortly.
Fit Enough for Faith? Sports, Religion, and Values in the CrossFit Community CrossFit is a strength routine with the aim to develop a ‘broad, general and inclusive fitness’. While the workouts can be done alone, CrossFit emphasizes community and encourages working out together. In fact, this spirit of ‘togetherness’ and encouraging each other to complete Read more about Fit Enough for Faith? 26 Feb 2104 @ Univ of Hull[…]
Machinic Bodies as Boundary Bodies: Reflections on the Impact of Body-Machine Images on Human Self-Understanding. Invited presentation at the The Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 21 March 2013. Abstract: “Man as Industrial Palace” (1926) is the title of probably the most famous of Fritz Kahn’s, a German gynecologist, body illustrations. It was Read more about Machinic Bodies, 21 March 2013 @ IISC[…]
Fantastic Bodies. Some Reflections on Religion and Body in Science Fiction Film. Presentation at the research seminar at SOAS – The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 15 Jan 2013. In this talk I used Todorov’s notion of the fantastic to analyze bodies in sci-fi films. I aim to submit the paper Read more about Fantastic Bodies @ SOAS London[…]
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.