DR. CHERYL SPINNER is Professional Track Faculty in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park and is both scholar-artist and experimental photo-writer. Throughout her academic work, Dr. Spinner creates images that are an integral part of furthering critical points, making her analyses multimedia productions. She is currently working on an academic manuscript and a novel.
She explores in Debunk Me Not how contemporary scholarship at its best exposes, and at its worst ridicules, those who take the supernatural sciences seriously. She offers an alternative method of analysis, which she has coined intuitive historiography that leaves room for the uncertain. Click here to read more about intuitive historiography in an invited lecture she gave on "Intuitive Historiography in the Archive" at UW-Madison's Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.
This coming October she will be giving the talk “Lincoln, the Clairvoyant: Representations of Spiritualism During the Civil War, 1861-Present” at Cornell University’s American Studies Colloquium. She would love to see you there.
She is also working on the tentatively titled photo-novel called Mutant Beauty, in which she explores tumultuous love via the famed love affair of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton through photographs, photographs of their photographs, excerpts from their love letters, and ephemera.
She has taken numerous workshops at the Center for Alternative Photography in New York City. These intensive workshops have changed the way she thinks and writes about photography and, as a scholar-artist, her work employ creative visual components. She has presented examples of her photographic work at national academic conferences, such as the American Studies Association and the Association of Jewish Studies. She has also taken courses at the Center for Documentary Studies.
Her photographic work employs a variety of analog photographic techniques. Her cameras of choice include her Bolex, her Hasselblad, fondly named Hedy, her Holgaroid, and Polaroid Land Camera.
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