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Haunting HandsMobile Media Practices and Loss$
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Kathleen M. Cumiskey and Larissa Hjorth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190634971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634971.001.0001

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Open Channeling and Continuity

Open Channeling and Continuity

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Haunting Hands

Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Larissa Hjorth

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a quasi-historical overview of dominant mortuary practices and rituals. This overview seeks to connect new media practices with their media genealogies. The chapter focuses on the open nature of mobile communication and the ways in which this then lends itself to be the perfect medium, like a psychomanteum, through which parapsychological phenomenon can be experienced. Drawing from fieldwork in the United States, this chapter explores the ways in which mobile media can cultivate a haunted culture and facilitate a continuation of bonds with the deceased beyond death. Mobile media provide mobile-emotive forms of after-death communication that can lead to new ways of “reanimating” the dead.

Keywords:   after-death communication, paranormal, occulture, parapsychology, mobile media, mobile communication, continuation of bonds, death rituals, immortality

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