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Dr Alexander Ornella

Senior Lecturer in Religion, Programme Director for Sociology, and Director of the Centre for Spirituality Studies

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education and Social Sciences

Qualifications

  • MA (University of Graz)
  • PhD (University of Graz)

Summary

Dr Alexander Darius Ornella's research interests sit at the intersection of religion, popular culture, visual and material culture, and technology. He also has an interest in the relationship between sport and religion, in particular the sport of CrossFit.

He is interested in how 'religion' is present and represented in media and film, and how people 'do' and practice religion today. His research expertise also includes popular culture, film, and media, religion and technology, and material religion.

Dr Ornella holds a PhD in Theology (Dr. theol.) and a Master in Theology (Mag. theol.) from the University of Graz, Austria.

Book

Fascinatingly disturbing: interdisciplinary perspectives on Michael Haneke's cinema

(2010). Fascinatingly disturbing: interdisciplinary perspectives on Michael Haneke's cinema

Book Chapter

Cat and Mouse. Haneke's Joy in the Spectator's Distress

Ornella, A. Cat and Mouse. Haneke's Joy in the Spectator's Distress. The University of Hull

Journal Article

Losers, food, and sex: clerical masculinity in the BBC sitcom Rev

Ornella, A. (2016). Losers, food, and sex: clerical masculinity in the BBC sitcom Rev. Journal for Religion, Film and Media, 99-122. https://doi.org/10.25364/05.2%3A2016.2.6

'Jesus saves' and 'Clothed in Christ': athletic religious apparel in the Christian CrossFit community

Ornella, A. D. (in press). ‘Jesus saves’ and ‘Clothed in Christ’: athletic religious apparel in the Christian CrossFit community. Sport in Society, 22(2), 266-280. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2017.1360580

The Promethean myth : an argument for methodological atheism

Ornella, A. The Promethean myth : an argument for methodological atheism

Research interests

religion and popular culture

religion and media

religion and sports

visual and material culture

religion, technology, and science

human enhancement

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Ornella is happy to supervise research projects in the area of theology / religion and popular culture, religion and body, religion and technology, religion and film, sports and religion. For more information, please contact him.