John began the Ph.D. program at Syracuse in 2013. (B.A., Philosophy and Religion, Ithaca College, 2009; M.A. Religion, Syracuse University, 2013). His research focuses around questions of religion, technology, and embodiment in American contexts. Using a combination of Posthuman and Ritual theories, Borchert approaches questions of embodied practice from the materiality outward and has written about alternate reality games, burial and memorialization, and online churches. He is interested more broadly in Continental Philosophy, Media, Aesthetics, and Materiality.


MPhil Religion – Syracuse University, 2016

MA Religion – Syracuse University, 2013

BA Philosophy and Religion – Ithaca College, 2009

Other Publications

“Approaching Digital Religion through Pedagogy and Posthumanism”, Media Commons, September 2017, http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/question/how-does-digital-intersect-spiritualityreligion-how-have-digitalvirtual-technologies-broa-3

“Contemporary Urban Necro-Politics and Ritual Negotiation”, Material Religions, October 2016, http://materialreligions.blogspot.com/2016/10/contemporary-urban-necro-politics-and.html


Editor; Special Issue gamevironments —Religion, Video Games and Death 

(peer reviewed journal on religion and video games)


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

A Portal Too: Approaching Video Games within Posthuman Networks International Society for Religion, Media, and Culture, Boulder CO, August 2018

A Place, An Interface: Ritualizing Techno-Eco Burial through the BiosIncube  American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver CO, November 2018


Editorial Board, gamevironments¸2018-Present

Editorial Assistant, Political Theology (Taylor and Francis) 2015-2016

Member, International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion 2018- Present

Member, Religion Graduate Organization at Syracuse University 2011-Present

Member, American Academy of Religion 2008-Present

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