Ninteteenth technological innovation and spiritualism

by Anna Blanch on June 3, 2010

Today I want to share an interview with John Durham Peters on how the 19th century rise of new communications technologies was related to various forms of spiritualism. This is one of the free Mars Hill Hill Audio bonus tracks – in fact it’s in volume 47.! Here is the full list of free interviews.

John Durham Peters is the F. Wendell Miller professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. A media historian and social theorist, he is probably best known for his first book Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication which traces out broad historical, philosophical, religious, cultural, legal, and technological contexts for the study of communication.  He received in PhD in Communication Theory and Research from Stanford in 1986 before accepting a faculty appointment at University of Iowa.

If you are interested this is a good reason to join the Emerging Scholars Network, which is free, because Mars Hill Audio offers all ESN members a substantial discount on new subscriptions for one year (six issues) of the Mars Hill Audio Journal in either format: cassette for $33, CD for $35, or $25 in MP3 format. (That comes to $5 to $13 off their usual rates, by the way.) Non-US residents receive this discount but will need to pay an extra shipping cost. Even before you subscribe, you can order a free demo CD or cassette or listen to several bonus interviews for free in MP3 format.

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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