Religion Technology & Terrorism Symposium

Technologies of the Apocalypse: The Left Behind Novels and the Flight from the Flesh

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Stephen Pfohl

Stephen Pfohl is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College where he teaches courses on social theory; postmodern culture; crime, deviance and social control; images and power; and sociology and psychoanalysis. Stephen is the author of numerous books and articles includingDeath at the Parasite CaféImages of Deviance and Social ControlPredicting Dangerousness,and the forthcoming volumes Venus in Video and Magic and the Machine.  A past President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and a founding member of Sit-Com International, a Boston-area collective of activists and artists, Pfohl is also co-editor of the 2006 book Culture, Power, and History: Studies in Critical Sociology.
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The Passion of the Social: Reflections on the Seattle Rave Killings

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Andrew Wernick

Andrew Wernick is a sociologist and historian of ideas as well as a cultural theorist and jazz pianist. He is the founder and director of Trent Univesity’s Institute for the Study of Popular Culture as well as the current chair of Trent’s Cultural Studies Department. His interests are in media theory and advertising and the place of religion in postmodernity, and in the notion of time in contemporary culture.  He is the author of Promotional Culture: Advertising, Ideology, and Symbolic Expression (Sage, 1991), Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity: the Post-theistic Project of French Social Theory, (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and co-editor ofShadow of Spirit: Religion and Postmodernism (Routledge, 1992) and Images of Ageing(Routledge, 1995).
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