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Jeremy Stolow, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Jeremy Stolow, PhD
Office: L-CJ 4421 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3325
Website(s): Jeremy Stolow website
Availability: Please email me to set up an appointment.


BA, Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1989

MA, Social and Political Thought, York University, 1993

PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University, 2000

Postdoc, Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2000-2002

Visiting Fellow, Center for Religion & Media, New York University, 2003-2004

Senior Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, 2017-2018

Areas of research

Media History, Material Religion, Religion & Media, History of Photography, Technology and Culture, Print Culture, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Spiritualism and the Occult, Science and Technology Studies


COMS 220: History of Communication and Media
COMS 800: Doctoral Integrative Seminar

Research activities

Interviews about my research

"To Look in Small Crevices" (an Interview by Heather Mellquist Lehto and Hannah Mayne, for the "Entangled Worlds" Project, U of Toronto). Available here.

"God in the Machine" (interview by Nora Young for CBC Radio's "Spark"). Available here.

Selected publications

"Light Mediations." Special Issue journal issue co-edited by Jeremy Stolow and Birgit Meyer. Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, Vol.16, No.1 (2020). Available here.

“O Sistema Nervoso Espiritual: Reflexões Sobre um Possível Cabo Magnético Projetado para Comunicação Espiritual.” Debates do NER, Vol. 19, no. 35 (2019): 293–346. Available here.

"Mediumnic Lights, Xx-Rays,and the Spirit Who Photographed Herself". Critical Inquiry, Vol.42, no.4 (July 2016): 923-951. Details here 

“Visible/Invisible: Religion, Media and the Public Sphere,” special journal issue co-edited by Jeremy Stolow and Alexandra Boutros, Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol.40, No.1 (January 2015). Details here

"A Note on Non-Ostentatious Religious Signs", Canadian Journal ofCommunication, Vol.40, No.1(January 2015): 125-129. Available here

“Animer/Animating,” special journal issue co-edited by Jeremy Stolow and Sébastien Denis, Intermédialités: histoire et théorie des arts, des lettres et des techniques, no.22 (automne 2013). Details here.

Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between, edited book, New York: Fordham University Press, 2013. Preview the book here.

“Le synthétique sacré. Réflexions sur les aspects matériels des textes juifs orthodoxes.” Terrain, n° 59: L’objet livre, (September 2012): 120-137. Details here.

Orthodox By Design: Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution, University of California Press, 2010. Finalist for the 2010 Nahum Sarna Award of the National Jewish Book Council. Details here.

“Salvation By Electricity”. In Hent de Vries (ed). Religion: Beyond a Concept . New York: Fordham University Press, 2008. Preview the book here.

“Holy Pleather: Materializing Authority in Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Publishing”. Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, Vol.3, No.3 (autumn 2007): 314-335. Details here.

“Communicating Authority, Consuming Tradition: Jewish Orthodox Outreach Literature and its Reading Public.” In Birgit Meyer and Annelies Moors (eds). Religion, Media and the Public Sphere. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006, pp.73-91. Preview the book here.

“Religion and/as Media”. Theory, Culture and Society, Vol.22, No.4 (August 2005), pp.119-145. Details here.

“Transnationalism and the New Religio-Politics: Reflections on a Jewish Orthodox Case”, Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 21, No.2 (April 2004), pp.109-137. Details here.

Recent and upcoming talks (selected)

November 2108: “Healing (with) Pictures: Aura Photography, Alternative Medicine, and the New Age Spiritual Marketplace.” Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts, Toronto.

June 2018:  "Religion and Light" (a conference I co-convened with Birgit Meyer), University of Utrecht, The Netherlands


March 2018: ‘Picturing Aura’ (invited public lecture). Spui25. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

March 2018:  ‘Instruments of Science, Tools of Occultism: On Photography, Auras, and the Study of Religion and Technology’ (invited public lecture). University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Nov 2013: I gave the closing Keynote Address to the conference, “Looking Through the Occult,” at the Humboldt U Berlin. You can listen the audio of my talk here.

January 2012: “Nervous Sympathies, Wired Nations, and Metallic Spirits.” This was one of the Plenary Addresses at the conference, “Digital Religion,” University of Colorado-Boulder. Watch the video of my presentation here

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