DR. CHERYL SPINNER is an experimental writer, photographer, and scholar in Durham, NC. She holds a doctorate in English and a Certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University, where she was a Nathan J. Perilman Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies and a PhD Lab Scholar in Digital Knowledge at the Franklin Humanities Center. She received an MA in English from Georgetown University where she was awarded an English Fellowship at Georgetown's Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS).
She is currently working on two projects. Debunk Me Not explores how contemporary scholarly at its best exposes, and at its worst ridicules, those who take the supernatural sciences seriously and she offers an alternative methodology, which she has coined intuitive historiography. 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.
She is also working on an experimental novel that is composed of poetic and prosaic fragments, her photography, and other fragments. In it she explores what tumultuous love through Elizabeth Taylor and Elizabeth Burton's famed love affair and a cast of other characters. Charleston, SC is a character unto itself in the novel one that markets itself as a contemporary lovers paradise while barely veiling its antebellum horrors from tourists on a quest for romance.
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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