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Myth “Today”: Reading Media and Religion into the Cultural Politics of the Times

On June 1, 2020, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, stood in front of an Anglican church across the street from the White House and held up a copy of the Bible for a photograph.  This incident became, within days, a signal event in the contentious, roiling history of Trump politics.  As […]

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Culture Is Everything

The Covid-19 crisis looked like it might be a moment of universal solidarity.  Indeed, most Americans (and most others throughout the world) have come together to meet this unprecedented challenge.  This has included nearly universal public support for health workers, first responders, and the many, many hourly and casual workers who are keeping the whole […]

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Why Asking Bloomberg ‘But Are You Personally Vegan?’ Misses the Mark

Ecopolicy and collective action, not personal ecopiety, are the way forward on climate change. Billionaire entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ruffled his fair share of feathers with his late entry into the Presidential race. Pundits debate whether this move is helpful by hitting President Trump hard with record-setting aggressive ad […]

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Interview

Does God Make the Man?

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Protestant Roots of American Media

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Interview

Transparency and the Right to Opacity

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An Internet of Ownership

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Affective Infrastructures

I have been working from two directions in the development of our discourse here.  The first direction, obviously, is my own work that began in one place, and still is there, but has verged out of that place recently.  The second direction, is to use my work, and our conversations to push the development of […]

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Call for Proposals: Imagined Borders, Epistemic Freedoms

The question of borders and the practice of bordering persist in a world destined for encounters and confrontations. This persistence today bears resemblance to long-standing legacies of coloniality, modernity, and globalization, but it also foregrounds new narratives, aesthetics, and politics of exclusion and dehumanization. Talk of walls, fortresses, boundaries, and deportation has never been a political or philosophical anomaly, but rather a reflection of a particularistic social imaginary, a linear compulsion of epistemic assumptions that sees the world through the logic of hierarchy, classification, difference, and ontological supremacy.

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The Powerful Religious Rhetoric of Donald Trump’s Hair

Donald Trump’s hair is a sacred matter. Not too long ago, our Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University held a fascinating conference on popular culture, populist politics, and media ethics in the age of Trump. There were excellent presentations from a wide range of scholars. As I was the only Religious Studies […]