Associate Professor and Program Director, PhD in Communication
BA, Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1989
MA, Social and Political Thought, York University, 1993
PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University, 2000
Postdoc, Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2000-2002
Postdoc, Center for Religion & Media, New York University, 2003-2004
April 2014: Read my article in response to the Charter of Quebec Values (Bill 60), published in “Religion Dispatches.” Details here.
Feb 2014: Also on the topic of the Quebec Charter, check out a collection of short responses I helped curate (and contributed to) for the SSRC blog, “The Immanent Frame.” Details here.
Oct 2013: I was interviewed for “Spark” (the CBC radio show on culture and technology, hosted by Nora Young). You can listen to the audio of my talk here.
July 2013: I taught a summer course at the University of Siegen (Germany). Details here.
September 2011: Read here my text, “Telegraph,” published for the on-line project, “Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality.”
Areas of Research and Teaching:
Media History; Religion & Media; Technology and Culture; Print Culture; Nineteenth-Century Studies; Spiritualism and the Occult; Science and Technology Studies.
Please visit my personal website (linked on the tab on the left side of this page) for more information about my research and teaching interests
Recent and Upcoming Talks (selected):
October 2014: “Visualizing Xx Rays: On Photography, Psychic Research, and Occult Revelation,” Society for Science, Literature and the Arts, Dallas, Texas.
May 2014: ‘Religion and Technology’ (invited plenary speaker). At: “Media and Religion: Betwixt and
Between.” ICA Pre-Conference, International Communication Association. University of
March 2014: “[MET]amorphosis: A Commentary on the Visualization of Occult Entities” (invited
workshop participant). At: AIME (An Inquiry into Modes of Existence): Montreal Workshop,
directed by Bruno Latour. McGill University, Montreal.
Nov 2013: I gave the closing Keynote Address to the conference, “Looking Through the Occult,” at the Humboldt U Berlin. You can listen the audio of my talk here.
August 2013: I gave a series of talks in Brazil: at the Museu Nacional (Rio de Janeiro), at UERJ (State University of Rio de Janeiro), and at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre).
November 2012: Special Roundtable Session in Response to my edited book, “Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago.
September 2012: “Come See for Yourself: Witnessing, Authority, and the Spectacular Supernatural in the Case of Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism.” Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Workshop on :”The Aesthetics of Religious Authority.”
January 2012: “Nervous Sympathies, Wired Nations, and Metallic Spirits.” This was one of the Plenary Addresses at the conference, “Digital Religion,” University of Colorado-Boulder. Watch the video of my presentation here
November 2011: “On Technologically-Mediated Vision and the Radiant Body.” Plenary Speaker at the American Academy of Religion Pre-Conference on Religion & Media, San Francisco. Details here
April 2011: “Prayer Books, Cookbooks, Self-Help Books.” Center for Jewish History, New York. Video transcript available here (scroll down to “April 3, 2011″ and then click on the video link at the bottom of the program to open up the video transcript. My talk begins in Section 2 at 35:49).
“Animer/Animating,” special journal issue co-edited by Jeremy Stolow and Sébastien Denis, Intermédialités : histoire et théorie des arts, des lettres et des techniques, no.22 (automne 2013). Details here.
Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between, edited book, New York: Fordham University Press, 2013. Preview the book here.
“Le synthétique sacré. Réflexions sur les aspects matériels des textes juifs orthodoxes.” Terrain, n° 59: L’objet livre, (September 2012): 120-137. Details here.
Orthodox By Design: Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution, University of California Press, 2010. Finalist for the 2010 Nahum Sarna Award of the National Jewish Book Council. Details here.
“Salvation By Electricity”. In Hent de Vries (ed). Religion: Beyond a Concept . New York: Fordham University Press, 2008. Preview the book here.
“Holy Pleather: Materializing Authority in Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Publishing”. Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, Vol.3, No.3 (autumn 2007): 314-335. Details here.
“Communicating Authority, Consuming Tradition: Jewish Orthodox Outreach Literature and its Reading Public.” In Birgit Meyer and Annelies Moors (eds). Religion, Media and the Public Sphere. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006, pp.73-91. Preview the book here.
“Religion and/as Media”. Theory, Culture and Society, Vol.22, No.4 (August 2005), pp.119-145. Details here.
“Transnationalism and the New Religio-Politics: Reflections on a Jewish Orthodox Case”, Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 21, No.2 (April 2004), pp.109-137. Details here.
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