Dr . Alexander Darius Ornella

Research in religion, sports, CrossFit, popular culture, technology

New book: Commun(icat)ing Bodies

Commun(icat)ing Bodies. Body as a Medium in Religious Symbol Systems As a basic medium of human interaction, the body is fundamental to socio-cultural communication systems, in particular the communication system «religion». Over time, religious traditions – in all their various cultural and historical forms and incarnations – have developed elaborated symbolic systems with the body Read more about New book: Commun(icat)ing Bodies[…]

Fit Enough for Faith? 26 Feb 2104 @ Univ of Hull

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[…]

It’s all about Sex. The Peculiar Case of Technology and Gender

Abstract: Gender and technology might seem unrelated on first sight because technology is often considered a neutral other that does not have anything to do with gender. Yet, taking a closer look at the language we use to talk about technology, at the images we rely on to represent technology, its uses and users, it Read more about It’s all about Sex. The Peculiar Case of Technology and Gender[…]

Machinic Bodies, 21 March 2013 @ IISC

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[…]

Some Popcorn and a Movie, 12 Dec 2012 @ University of Hull

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[…]

Imagining Technology – Imagining the Human Condition, 5-7 Sept 2012 @ Heythrop College London

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[…]