Between Eternal Life and Death Wishes: Imagining Transhumanism in Popular Culture. University of Zurich 19 June 2020

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 Read more about Between Eternal Life and Death Wishes: Imagining Transhumanism in Popular Culture. University of Zurich 19 June 2020[…]

Sport as Practice of Remembrance

In his paper on graveyard commemoration of sport celebrities, Huggins argues that “memorials say something about the perceived personal identity of the commemorated sporting hero.”[1] As such, the gravestone and the memorial might say more about the patron(s) than the athlete. They emerge from and are expression of discourses about gender, power, class, religion, and fame. Read more about Sport as Practice of Remembrance[…]

“Jesus saves, bro”. 24-28 August 2016 @ York St. John University

On her website, the prominent Christian CrossFit athlete Andrea Ager reflects on wearing a “Jesus saves, bro” t-shirt at a recent competition. She declares: “That day I got to reperesent [sic] for the only brand worth representing“. The ambiguity in the language leaves open if “brand” refers to the apparel or to Jesus or salvation Read more about “Jesus saves, bro”. 24-28 August 2016 @ York St. John University[…]

New Book: Making Humans: Religious, Technological and Aesthetic Perspectives

My new edited volume, Making Humans: Religious, Technological and Aesthetic Perspectives, just came out. This volume explores body-making as human-making practice because the bodies we have or mould ourselves into are always a socio-cultural and religious expression of the kind of human beings we are or want to be. Visit the Publisher website or read the Read more about New Book: Making Humans: Religious, Technological and Aesthetic Perspectives[…]

How to live forever: podcast

Leila Johnston from HackCircus interviewed Eric Olsen, Paul Graham Raven, and myself for her How to live forever podcast on 28 August 2015. The podcast is part of her art project How to life forever funded by Brighton Digital Festival, Arts Council England, and the British Science Foundation. Read more about the podcast and listen to it.

Visions of the Afterlife and Transhumanist Wet Dreams

Death is a staple of human existence and it should come as no surprise that throughout history, human communities have developed narratives and practices to cope with death and imagine and enact a possible afterlife. Today, one arena where such narratives are acted out is popular culture and science fiction film. Transhumanists have a vested Read more about Visions of the Afterlife and Transhumanist Wet Dreams[…]