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Religion and/as Technology: Re-entering the Public Sphere

Thursday, March 28, 2019
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
107 Business Building
Religion and/as Technology: Re-entering the Public Sphere

Religion has a fraught history and role in the public sphere. Its meaning is constantly being negotiated, and it is often used as a bulwark for socio-political agendas. However, recent developments in politics and economics, as well as cutting edge technologies from CRISPR to AI, pose significant challenges to religion, threatening its wholesale retreat from public discourse. In this presentation I consider a strategic intervention in the public understanding of religion by redescribing it through the lens of technology. I argue for ’technologised’ religion’s re-entry to the public sphere, highlighting its disruptive and transformative potential.

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