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Trance Mediums and New Media: Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction

Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke, and Martin Zillinger


This volume explores the interferences of trance mediums and new technical media to add a new perspective to the ongoing debates on the “renaissance of the religious” which has been challenging narratives of modernity and its disenchantment during the last two decades. However, in these discussions the “orgiastic” or enthusiastic qualities of religiosity have been largely neglected, despite the significant increase of the use of techniques of trance and possession that can be stated on a global level. Likewise, in research on religion and media only little attention has been paid to the fact t ... More

Keywords: Trance, Spirit possession, Mediumship, Media and religion, Religion studies, Media, New media, Media anthropology, Spirituality, Ecstatic practices, Cinétrance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823253807
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heike Behrend, editor
University of Cologne

Anja Dreschke, editor
University of Siegen

Martin Zillinger, editor
University of Siegen

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