Dr Alexander Ornella

Dr Alexander Ornella

Programme Director for Sociology, Senior Lecturer in Religion

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of Criminology and Sociology

Qualifications

  • MBA (University of Leicester)
  • 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.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Sport as Bodily Practice of Remembrance : Remembering Heroes, Remembering Nations

Ornella, A. (2020). Sport as Bodily Practice of Remembrance : Remembering Heroes, Remembering Nations. In M. Mäder, A. Saviello, & B. Scolari (Eds.), Highgate Cemetery : Image Practices in Past and Present (149-172). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845294520

Of Imprints and Metaphors: The Construction of Stubburn Bodies in the Science Fiction Film Chrysalis

Ornella, A. (2015). Of Imprints and Metaphors: The Construction of Stubburn Bodies in the Science Fiction Film Chrysalis. In A. Ornella (Ed.), Making Humans: Religious, Technological, and Aesthetic Perspectives (209-230). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press

Towards a 'circuit of technological imaginaries' A theoretical approach

Ornella, A. (2015). Towards a ‘circuit of technological imaginaries’ A theoretical approach. In D. Pezzoli-Olgiati (Ed.), Religion in cultural imaginary - explorations in visual and material practices (9-38). Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft

Journal Article

'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

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

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.