Jordan Loewen

Jordan Loewen

PhD Student Critique, Image, and Politics

jbloewen@syr.edu

514 Hall of Languages

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My graduate work has focused on the transversality of (1) virtuality, (2) new media, (3) embodiment, and (4) the religious imaginary of current techno-digital culture and scholarship -- in order to explore how theories of the virtual are inhabited by explicit and implicit models of religious consciousness. Threading these inquiries together requires both scholarship specific to each area and emerging scholarship working explicitly on new media and religion.

 

Currently, my academic work has concerned itself with religion, visual media, bodies, sensation, mediation, and subjectivity in the 20th to 21st centuries, as they are grounded in both philosophy and theology. This has resulted in three primary tracks:

  1. Investigating the rhetoric of “religious experience” in Christianity broadly and 20th century American Christianity more specifically, which sets the stage for how the same rhetoric is used in contemporary techno-digital cultures.
  2. Employing critical, political, and religious theory while generating a narrower space of particularity in aesthetics in order to interrogate the virtual and affective spaces and images of religion in new media.
  3. Articulating new ways of theorizing the virtual that asks questions of materiality, subjectivity, and culture differently than the traditional rhetoric of religion and new media. 

Ultimately, my work seeks to locate ways of thinking about bodies, images, and subjectivity within the study of religion that opens up space for rethinking new media as a religious subfield. This allows for interrogations of the ways new media images act as a kind of techno-religious synesthesia that provides new understandings of the embodied experiences of virtual reality technologies. Before attending Syracuse, I received my B.A. From the Ohio State University in Film and Literature and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary

 

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