New publication: A Taxonomy of Ghosts from Popular Forms

Dis Manibus: A Taxonomy of Ghosts from Popular Forms edited by Professor Robert Williams, Professor in Fine Art at the University of Cumbria, and Dr. Hilmar Schäfer of the Europa-Universität Viadrina at Frankfurt (Oder) has just been published. The publication was designed by Australian artist Natalie Wilkin (www.bushlorebynw.com). The project is supported by the University of Cumbria and is published in the United Kingdom by the renowned art publishers Information As Material.

This document emerged as a consequence of a series of seminars presented by Professor Williams and Dr. Schäfer at the Alchemist’s Shack II sessions during the summer of 2012 for the project Opus Magnum: Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum at the noted Mildred’s Lane Project in Pennsylvania , United States. (www.mildredslane.com).

Here, over an intensive three-week period, a group of graduate students and artists referred to as Mildred’s Lane Fellows, considered the different contexts and behaviours of ghosts and ghost seeing from a range of popular cultural forms. This paper, the essay and art-work is the result of those discussions, collaborations and deliberations.