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Subject: Representing the Non-representable: Visual Representations of Extraordinary Beings in Ethnographic Films (Manchester, 2013-Full access to presentations)

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Representing the Non-representable: Visual Representations of Extraordinary Beings in Ethnographic Films (V07<http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1713>)

The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

University of Manchester (August 5th-August 10th, 2013)

Convenor: Dr. P. Khosronejad ​

Anthropologists have long struggled with the problem of how best to conceptualize and account for the observable diversity of religious belief and practice in various societies.Also recently there has been interest among ethnographic filmmakers who survey healing and spirit possession rituals, exorcism ceremonies or religious gatherings among which supernatural forces (djinns, demons and spirits) are the main topic of the ceremonies. The aim of this panel is to investigate and discuss how such non-representable supernatural beings could be studied and captured visually and ethnographically via documentary films.

Full access to presentations:

- Roger Canals
Don’t look at a spirit’s eyes!: Filming rituals of possession in afro-american religions
- Rachael Hayward
Seeing what is “unseen”: Using video to enrich our social understanding of paranormal experiences
- Erminia Colucci
The Visual Representation of Spiritual Healing Practices
- Mike Poltorak
The Healer and the Psychiatrist: A visual dialogue through spirits
- Christian Suhr Nielsen
Sacrificing Visibility: An ethnographic film-project about Islamic exorcisms and psychiatric healthcare in Denmark
- Simon Serna
The Drums, the Camera and Man : ciné-transe in Jean Rouch’s cinema
- Alireza Ghasemkhan
Super Human Forces in Iranian Documentary Cinema
- Michaela Schäuble The Creative Use of Reality: Aesthetic and Political Dimensions of Films on Trance and Spirit Possession (1940s-1960s)
- Itsushi Kawase
Greeting Seyfou Tchengar Audiovisually: Challenges and prospects of the documentation of Zar spirits in Gondar, Ethiopia

Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
School of International Studies/School of Media& Strategic Comunications
Oklahoma State University
201 Wes Watkins Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
Phone: 405-744-6179
E-mail: Pedram.khosronejad@okstate.edu<mailto:Pedram.khosronejad@okstate.edu>
| Chief Editor, Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia<http://acmejournal.org/index.php/acme> SeanKingston
| Series Editor, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies<http://www.seankingston.co.uk/PersianateAnth.html>, SeanKingston
| Series Editor, Iranian Studies<http://www.lit-verlag.de/reihe/irastu>, LIT Verlag

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