Renewed public interest in the concept of ghosts, psychical ability and anomalous experiences is due in large part to popular culture: TV shows and movies. Author and cultural commentator Deonna Kelli Sayed explores the intriguing connections between pop culture, academia, as well as science and technology relating to how conversations around “ghosts and hauntings” are impacting American society.
Ms. Sayed will review the historical relationship between psychical research and popular American culture, the role of citizen science and art, and the philosophical and cultural implications of conversations about paranormal experiences. Her multimedia presentation will provide a dynamic approach to why ghost stories matter.
Deonna Kelli Sayed is a digital storytelling and writer. She is the author of Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination with Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits (Llewellyn, September 2011) and So You Want to Hunt Ghosts: A Down-To-Earth Guide (Llewellyn, October 2012). Deonna has appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More, Coast to Coast AM, WUNC’s The State of Things, and Jeff Belanger’s 30 Odd Minutes. She has lectured to academic and general audiences on topics ranging from the paranormal to cultural identity and Islam. Visit www.deonnakellisayed.com to learn more.