Writings

Effective UI
Back before they were Ogilvy, I wrote copy for Denver-based Effective UI. This included branding, UX/IxD projects, blog entries, Facebook promotional material, and other web copy. To see more, click on the image below.
Mustard Labs
I did a few freelance jobs for this Denver-based UX shop. 
Editorial
I acted as the copy editor for a few academic texts:
Political Theology Today
Put simply, political theology is a discipline that examines the latent theological characteristics of modern political forms and practices. I composed a few articles for their blog, "Political Theology Today".
"Amazon's Digital Dominance Threatens Democratic Sovereignty"
2018
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"In The Aftermath of the Las Vegas Shootings--'Ambitechnics', or Explaining Events that Defy Explanation"
2017
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"What Comes After Trump's Election? 'Religious Anarchism'?
2016
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"What Would Derrida Do About the Cologne Incidents?"
2016
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The Other Journal
The Other Journal is an academic periodical that publishes content at the intersection of theology and culture. 
"Theology's Identity in an Age of Global Crisis: an Interview with Carl Raschke"
2017
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"Commercial Participation: Modern Sports Fandom and Sacramental Ontology"

 

The Other Journal, 2016

This article uses sacramental ontology as a theological lens through which we might view the commercialized and participatory nature of contemporary sport fandom. Published in the Issue No. 26 of The Other Journal ("Sport").

Conference Presentations
"Sign, Structure, and (Christ) Event: Illuminating Jacques Ellul’s Anarchic Hermenuetics"

International Jacques Ellul Society, 2018

A paper prepared for the International Jacques Ellul Society colloquium, “Jacques Ellul and the Bible”, June 28-30, 2018. I draw out the anarchic consequences of evental philosophy in order to see Ellul's hermenuetical lens anew.

"What in the World is Originary Technicity? Exploring the Political Consequences of an Emerging Philosophical Concept"

Theorizing the Web, 2018

This paper was presented at Theorizing the Web 2018. It discusses the philosophical concept of 'originary technicity' via Bernard Stiegler, as well as what the relationship between anamnesic and hyponesic memory might signal for our contemporary digital ecology.

"Smearing the Boundary: A Materiality of Soul in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora"

American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, 2017

Reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2015 novel, Aurora, through S. Brent Plate’s material aesthetics, Gilbert Simondon’s technical mentality, and Bruce Clarke’s neo-cybernetic theory, we offer a reading that smears the boundary between techne as art or modern technical object. We see Robinson narrating a middle way between the dominant narratives surrounding A.I. today—either to be “vigilant and aware” of its dangers or to “incorporate for the sake of singularity.” Robinson’s suggested via media suggests something similar to Plate’s conception of soul, which is a mutually informing, co-constitutive process of a materially oriented meaning making that emerges from a relationship between technics and humanity. In this way, we can read Aurora as a religious narrative in which the eventual sacrifice of Robinson’s A.I. displays one possible instantiation of Plate’s material soul.

"Militant Apostleship as Exception: Theorizing a Subjective Form of Resistance Through the Intersection of Badiou and Kierkegaard's Saint Paul"

American Academy of Religion, Mountain West Regional Conference, 2016

The overarching purpose of the paper is to put the nineteenth-century existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegaard and the twenty-first century French anti-philosopher Alain Badiou in conversation regarding subjectivity and exceptionality. While Kierkegaard is known as a “religious thinker”, Badiou elucidates his mathematical ontology from the standpoint of atheistic, Marxist materialism. However, some of Badiou’s clearest and more arresting writing on the radical politics of the “militant” figure is found in his book on Saint Paul, the apostle from Tarsus. In fact, Badiouian subjectivity is grounded in existential-theopolitical categories such as the “event of truth” and the ekstasis that transpires when one stands outside the order of signification. Kierkegaardian subjectivity is grounded in the unresolvable dialectic of two irreconcilable philosophical-theological polarities: the infinite/finite and the temporal/eternal. The subject, caught perpetually in disequilibrium, is persistently wrestling for the radical possibilities provided by God. But far from being a hopeless endeavor for Kierkegaard, this constant repositioning is in fact the very of heart of faith, especially the faith of his figure of the apostle. In putting these two writers in dialogue, I will focus on the intersection between Kierkegaard’s “apostle” and Badiou’s “militant” to see how these figures of subjectivity and exception might begin speak truth to established networks of power.

"Hanging Garlands of Flowers from the Chains that Bind: Jacques Lacan and Techno-Rationality"

Reclaiming the Unconscious, 2016

A paper prepared for “Reclaiming the Unconscious: A Conference on the Unconscious and the Humanities”. The paper investigates technological theory via Herbert Marcuse, Gilles Deleuze, and Friedrich Kittler and synthesizes it for an audience of Lacanian psychoanalysts.

"Holding Sway: Technological Theory and Its Manifestations in Digital Religion. An Essay Prepared for the Columbia University Religion Conference: “Teaching Religion: Pedagogy, Transmission, and Technology”

Columbia University Religion Conference, 2015

A paper prepared for the Columbia University Religion Conference, "Teaching Religion: Pedagogy, Transmission and Technology." It develops a critical technological theory via the philosophies of Martin Heidegger and George Grant in order to illuminate contemporary religious self-understanding, especially as it is described by the sub-discipline of Digital Religion.

BOOK REVIEWS
"Cyborg Theology: Humans, Technology and God"

Reviewed for Reading Religion, 2018

My review of "Cyborg Theology: Humans, Technology and God", by Scott A. Midson, for the American Academy of Religion's "Reading Religion" website.

"Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to Žižek"

Reviewed for Reading Religion, 2017

My review of "Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to Žižek", edited by Philip Goodchild and Hollis Phelps, for the American Academy of Religion's "Reading Religion" website.

"The Search For Transcendence In The 'Material Phenomenology' of David Foster Wallace"

Reviewed for The Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, 2017

My review of "The Gospel of David Foster Wallace: Boredom and Addiction in an Age of Distraction", by Adam S. Miller, written for the "Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory".

"Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the Sacred in a Post-secular Modernity"

Reviewed for Reading Religion, 2016

My review of "Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the Sacred in a Post-Secular Modernity, by Sam Han,, for the American Academy of Religion's "Reading Religion" website.

UNDERGRADUATE SYLLABI
Denver Urban Semester Cross-Cultural Urban Integration Seminar

 

Syllabus for Denver Urban Semester's cross-cultural urban integration seminar taught in the Fal semester, 2018.

 

Critical Theories of Neoliberalism

I assisted DU professors Joshua Hanan and Carl Raschke as a graduate teaching assistant in the Spring 2018 quarter. 

The Philosophy of Technology

Syllabus for a course I taught at the University of Denver in the Fall 2017 quarter.

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