Social Sciences
School of Education & Social Sciences

Dr. Alexander Darius Ornella

MMag. theol. (Graz), MBA (Leicester), Dr. theol. (Graz)


Alexander Ornella

Senior Lecturer in Religion, FHEA

Programme Director SARGS
Director of the Centre for Spirituality Studies

School of Social Sciences
University of Hull
Cottingham Road
Hull, HU6 7RX

Office: Wilberforce Building, Rm 269a
Phone: +44-1482-466094

Research Projects & Centres Websites

Centre for Spirituality Studies

Commun(icat)ing Bodies

Intl. Exchange on Media and Religion

Personal sites

Twitter: @ad_ornella

Personal website: profile


I hold a PhD in Theology (Dr. theol.) a Master in Theology (Mag. theol.) from the University of Graz/Austria, and an MBA degree from the University of Leicester. My main focus of research is on the intersection between religion and popular culture, in particular how "religion" is present and represented in media and film and how people "do" and practice religion today. I am interested in how technology and body are imagined in visual culture and the ideas of the human that are transmitted through those images. I am involved in several research networks, such as the "Communicating Bodies - The Body&Religion Research Project" or the "International Exchange on Media and Religion".

I am currently starting research on the intersection of CrossFit and religion.

In January 2014, I have taken on the role of Director of the Centre for Spirituality Studies.

Selected Publications

Selected Books Selected Articles


I am a Lecturer in Religion for the religion programs at the University of Hull. The modules I am offering deal with and focus on the intersection of religion, media/film, culture, and arts. In my teaching, I include a variety of audio-visual material and delivery methods ranging from traditional lectures to short student presentations or student-led seminars. Before my appointment to the post here at the University of Hull I was a researcher at the University of Graz/Austria.

Undergraduate Teaching:

Modules I offer:

  • We R Who We R: Media, Religion, and Identity Construction
  • "In God We Trust". US American Civil Religion and Its Political Relevance - visit the module website.
  • Avatars, Cyborgs, and Ordinary Human(s)/Bodies
  • Religion, Science, and Technology
  • Viewing the Divine
  • Sacred Spaces - Sacred Media
  • Introduction to World Religion (teaching world religions without teaching world religions)
  • Religious Activism
  • Religious Fictions
  • Negotiating Research in Religion

Supervision of Undergraduate, Graduate, and PhD Projects

I am available for supervising undergraduate, graduate, and PhD research projects in the area of theology/religion and popular culture, religion and body, religion and technology, religion and film. For more information, please contact me.


Programme Director for the SARGS (sociology, anthropology, religion, gender studies) programmes (2016onw).

Admissions tutor for Religion, Sociology, and Anthropology (2013-2016).

Undergraduate Supervisor (all years).

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