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Spirit Pictures: Visual Technologies in a Secular Age

March 31, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

MARCH 31 1:30 – 3:30 pm at Center for Documentary Studies Auditorium and
5:00 – 7:00 pm East Duke Parlors
Durham is known as the “City of Medicine,” but it is easy to forget that it also the “City of the Paranormal.” In the 1930’s, Duke University ran one of the first academic parapsychology labs, which was devoted to scientifically analyzing purportedly supernatural phenomena. Fittingly, this two-day symposium explores the rich connections between nineteenth-century culture and studies of the paranormal.
A practitioner of spirit photography techniques will lead a workshop for those interested in the material practices of nineteenth-century photography on the afternoon of the 31st to open the symposium. In the evening, Louis Kaplan (University of Toronto), Dana Luciano (Georgetown University), and Shawn Michelle Smith (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) will present recent work on the phenomenon of spirit photography and aspects of modern belief. Reception to follow.

The symposium is sponsored by the Program in Women’s Studies, the Provost’s Office, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, the English Department, the Religious Studies Department, the Nasher Museum, and the Forum for Public Scholars.

Multicultural/Identity, Civic Engagement/Social Action, Diversity/Inclusion, Movie/Film, Lecture/Talk, Theater, and Panel/Seminar/Colloquium


Women’s Studies Program, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Department of Religion, English, Forum for Scholars and Publics, Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), Nasher Museum of Art, and Provost’s Office

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March 31, 2016
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W Pettigrew St
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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