David Morgan
  • David Morgan

  • Professor and Chair
  • Religious Studies
  • Department of Religion, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90964
  • Phone: (919) 660-3555
  • Fax: 919-660-3530
  • Homepage
  • Overview

    David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He also chairs the Department of Religious Studies at Duke. Morgan received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. His next book, The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity, based on the 2012 Cadbury Lectures delivered at the University of Birmingham, UK, will appear in 2015 from the University of California Press. Previous books include The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012), The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works: Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series at Routledge entitled “Religion, Media, and Culture.” Morgan is currently at work on a new book under contract with Oxford University Press, entitled "Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment."
  • Specialties

    • American Religious History
    • Culture
  • Research Summary

    material culture of religion, religion and media
  • Research Description

    David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He also chairs the Department of Religious Studies at Duke. Morgan received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. His most recent book is The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012). Other books are: The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works include: Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series at Routledge entitled “Religion, Media, and Culture.”
  • Current Projects

    The Forge of Vision: Image and Imagination in Modern Christianity, delivered as the 2012 Cadbury Lectures, University of Birmingham, England, March 7 to 15, 2012.
  • Areas of Interest

    Religious Material Culture
    American Religions
    Religion and Media
    Art Theory
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Art History,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1990
      • M.A.,
      • University of Arizona,
      • 1984
      • B.A.,
      • Concordia College,
      • 1980
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • 2005 Elected Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge,
      • Unknown,
      • December 2008
      • 2008 Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society,
      • American Antiquarian Society,
      • December 2008
      • Author-meets-Critics session, 2008 annual conference of the American Academy of Religion: Elkins and Morgan, eds. Re-Enchantment,
      • October, 2008
      • Author-meets-Critics session, 2007 annual conference of the American Academy of Religion: Morgan, The Sacred Gaze,
      • November, 2007
      • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge,
      • August, 2004-November 2004
      • Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999): Annual Award for Best Book in Field of Religion & Philosophy,
      • Association of American Publishers,
      • January, 1999
    • Invited Lectures

      • "The Look of the Sacred"
        • May 16, 2008
        • Key note address, Religionsaesthetik section, Deutsche Vereinigung der Religionswissenschaft, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany
      • "Religion, Media, Culture: The Shape of the Field"
        • April 11, 2008
        • keynote address, Authorizing Inscriptions: Religion, Aesthetics, and Global Media, University of California at Davis
      • “Looking Beyond the Modern Bubble: Medieval Art and the Study of Modern Visual Culture”
        • March 15, 2008
        • Invited paper presented at conference entitled Looking Beyond, Visions, Dreams and Insights in Medieval Art and History, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University
      • "Marian Visual Piety and the Economy of Belief"
        • March 02, 2007
        • key note address at University of Toronto Sawyer Seminar entitled “Spiritual Economies”
  • Recent Publications

      • D Morgan.
      • "Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar America.."
      • HISTORY OF RELIGIONS
      • 54
      • .3
      • (2015)
      • :
      • 380-382.
      • [web]
      • D Morgan.
      • Temples for a modern god: religious architecture in postwar America.
      • 2015.
      • [web]
      • D Morgan.
      • Materiality.
      • Routledge,
      • 2015.
      • D Morgan.
      • Liberty and Liberty Together.
      • 2015.
      • [web]
      • D Morgan.
      • Violence and Memory.
      • 2015.
      • [web]
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  • PhD Students

    • Brenna Jorgenson
      • August 28, 2013 - present
    • Torang Asadi
      • August 28, 2013 - present
    • Jamie Brummitt
      • 2012 - present
    • Stephanie Gehring
      • 2012 - present
    • Eric Chalfant
      • August 28, 2011 - present
    • Adrienne Krone
      • 2011 - present
    • Sonia Hazard
      • 2010 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Andrew Coates
      • 2010 - present
  • Teaching

    • RELIGION 846.01
      • VISUAL CULTURE OF CHRISTIANITY
      • Gray 094
      • F 01:25 PM-03:45 PM
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