MemberJuli Gittinger

Whose Utopia? Personhood, ability, exclusion, and belonging. Religion and Media Workshop (invited speaker), American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. November 2019.

“Mediated Hindutva.” U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (invited panelist). Washington, DC. March 18, 2019.

Counter-colonialism and the Afrofuturist utopica in Black Panther. American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Conference. Denver, CO, November 2018.
A “Proper” Hindu woman: Hindu nationalism vs. feminist activism on social media. International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC). Boulder, CO, August 2018
 (Re)telling History: The ficti…

Areas: Contemporary Hinduism and Islam Research interests: Nationalism, Religion and Media, Religion in Popular Culture, Secularism, Gender

MemberKristian Petersen

Kristian Petersen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Old Dominion University. His intellectual interests include Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Islamic Studies, Chinese Religions, and Media Studies. He is host of the New Books in Religion and New Books in Islamic Studies podcasts. He is the author of Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is currently writing a monograph entitled The Cinematic Lives of Muslims and working as part of the team developing De Gruyter’s new series, Introductions to Digital Humanities: Religion.

MemberJohn W. Borchert

John began the Ph.D. program at Syracuse in 2013. (B.A., Philosophy and Religion, Ithaca College, 2009; M.A. Religion, Syracuse University, 2013). His research focuses around questions of religion, technology, and embodiment in American contexts. Using a combination of Posthuman and Ritual theories, Borchert approaches questions of embodied practice from the materiality outward and has written about alternate reality games, burial and memorialization, and online churches. He is interested more broadly in Continental Philosophy, Media, Aesthetics, and Materiality.

MemberJeremy Garber

Jeremy Garber is the Team Lead of the Academic Advising Center and an Adjunct Instructor in Theology at the Iliff School of Theology. He is a graduate of the Ph.D. Religious Studies program in Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Theory at the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. Jeremy received his M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Indiana, concentrating in theology and ethics. Dr. Garber’s dissertation was titled “‘Another Way’: The Pneumatology of Deleuzean Minoritarian Communal Interpretation in Scripture, the 16th Century Radical Reformation, and Alternative 21st century Anabaptist Community.” His primary research is on the idea of the Holy Spirit and the interpretation of popular culture in religious communities, using media theory and Deleuzean philosophy. Dr. Garber has published articles on the perception of Anabaptism in contemporary literature, the authority of Scripture in young adults, and theology in popular culture. He has also taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in constructive theology, philosophy of religion, religion and popular culture, ethics, and comparative religion. He and his daughter, Fiona, are members of First Mennonite Church in Denver.

MemberJennifer Marion Taylor I am a journalist, an independent academic, a Bloomsbury author and a campaigner who pioneered religious literacy in journalism in Britain, founding Lapido Media in 2005 and running it until 2016.  A registered charity an online newspaper and publishing house, it helped to change the national secular discourse by providing resources for journalists needing to ‘get religion’ in an age of globalization, and contributing to several government-level reports. I am particularly interested in how we as journalists, for whom no formal philosophical or moral training is required, do ‘truth’ in a globalized context without overt ethical moorings, at least in UK. As a member of the KLICE Group and one who has travelled widely, particularly in the Muslim world, I enjoy every bit of the question that anchors us: What time is it in our culture?

MemberStefan Fisher-Høyrem

I am a researcher on the project Cultural Conflict 2.0 which is headed by Professor David Herbert. The project investigates the development of cultural conflicts, as well as production and reproduction of social order, via social media, collective rituals, city promotion and planning, etc. in different cities in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. My research interests are located at the intersection of modern social and technological history, historiography and theory of history, and secularity studies and political theology. As a historian of modernity, I am interested in the material technological/performative mediation of “modern” concepts of temporality, autonomy, and immanence. I have taught modules in the theory of history, religious studies, culture and communication, worldview pluralism, and philosophy of science. I have lectured on rhetoric, nineteenth-century British history, and theories of secularity and secularisation.

MemberMegan Goodwin

I work on race, gender, sexuality, politics, and American minority religions. My current project, Women and Children Last: Sex, Abuse, and American Minority Religions, looks at how Americans code religious difference as sexual danger.  The next one’s on the ways contemporary American whiteness is (or feels) threatened by Muslims and Islam. I’m also an expert in creative and innovative pedagogy and a syllabus design nerd.

MemberZachary Smith

Zach is a PhD student and graduate teaching associate in Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee. Before Tennessee, he completed an MA in Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. His academic interests revolve primarily around religion and physical cultures in the US, and he is a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Sport and Religion at the University of Tennessee. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of Christian mixed martial arts.