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 ( 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. (

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.