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Cohen Jeremy, Ph.D. Student, Western Field

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Jeremy Cohen

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:

Biography

Jeremy Cohen’s ethnographic research focuses on communities and new religious movements seeking radical-longevity and immortality, as well as the historical and cultural framework of changing North American relationships to technology and death.

Jeremy Cohen is currently ABD in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. He has presented his research at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR), and has given numerous guest lectures on transhumanism, immortality, conspiracy theories, and the ethics of radical-longevity. His research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Jeremy Cohen received his BA in Jewish Studies from Concordia University in 2013, and his MA in Religious Studies from Concordia University in 2016.

Awards

2019 - SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Travel Supplement

  • Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in aid of travel and research.

2019 - SGS Grant in Aid of Travel Research

  • Grant from the school of graduate studies, in aid of research and travel.

2018 – SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship

  • Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

2017-18 - Departmental Travel Grant

  • Departmental Travel Grant for the 2017 American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, DC.

2017 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship

  • Fellowship grant from the Ontario government. Award granted to students with high academic achievements.

Education

B.A Jewish Studies

Concordia University, May, 2013.

M.A. Religious Studies       

Concordia University, August, 2016                         

Teaching

Winter 2019 - Sessional Instructor

  • RELIGST 2M03: Death & Dying, Comparative Views

2018 – Teacher’s Assistant, McMaster University

  • Teacher’s assistant for undergraduate Health, Healing, and Religion course. Responsibilities include grading, holding office hours, student meetings.

2018 – Teacher’s Assistant, McMaster University

  • Teacher’s assistant for undergraduate Introduction to the New Testament course. Responsibilities include grading, holding office hours, student meetings.

2017 – Teacher’s Assistant, McMaster University

  • Teacher’s assistant for undergraduate Religion & Humour course. Responsibilities include grading, holding office hours, student meetings.

2016 – Teacher’s Assistant, McMaster University

  • Teacher’s assistant for undergraduate Religion & Culture course. Responsibilities include grading, holding office hours, student meetings.

2016 – Teacher’s Assistant, Concordia University

  • Teacher’s assistant for undergraduate Holocaust & Literature course. Responsibilities include grading, holding office hours, student meetings.

2015 – Teacher’s Assistant, Concordia University

  • Teacher’s assistant for undergraduate Death & Dying course. Responsibilities include grading, holding office hours, student meetings.

2015 – Guest Lecturer

  • Reli 378: Death and Dying, “Online Memorials & Post-Religious Funerals”

Research

Conference Presentations:

2019 – American Academy of Religion (AAR)

  • Paper: "Live Long Enough to Live Forever: Performance, Power, and the Creation of Immortal Bodies"

2019 – Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR)

  • Paper: "How to Live Forever: Competing Discourses and Practices Within Radical Life-Extension Communities"

2018 - American Anthropological Association (AAA)

  • Panel chair: “Resistance, Resilience, and Adaptation: Anthropological Re-Imaginaries of Dying, Burial, Ritual, and Bereavement, Session II'
  • Paper: "Live Long Enough to Live Forever: Hope, Healing and Technological Progress at a Conference on Radical-Longevity"

2017 – Re-Storying Canada: Reconsidering Religion & Public Memory

  • Paper: “Ghosts in the Machine: Engaging with the Dead in the 21st Century”

2017 –Crossing Over: Interdisciplinary Conference on Death

  • Paper: “Digital Artifacts & Death: Understanding Post-Mortem Communication”

Publications 

2020 - TheConversation.com

2019 – Publication – Edited Volume, Berghahn Books

  • Cohen, Jeremy, TBD. “Immortality and Existential Terror: Learning the Language of Living Forever.” Published by Berghahn Books.

2019 – Publication – Journal of Anthropology and Aging

  • Cohen, Jeremy, 2019. Review of Stafford, Philip B. The Global Age-Friendly Community Movement: A Critical Appraisal. 2019: New York: Berghahn Books. pp. 272

2017 – Publication – Journal of Religion & Culture

  • Cohen, Jeremy, 2017. “Privileging the Lens: Framing Islamic Violence and the Creation of Authoritative Discourses” in, Journal of Religion and Culture, vol. 27, no.1 pp. 35-50

2016 – Book Review – Journal of Religion & Culture

  • Cohen, Jeremy, review of Partridge, Christopher. 2015. “Mortality and Music: Popular Music and the Awareness of Death” Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 240 in, Journal of Religion and Culture, vol. 26, no.1 pp. 94-97