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Christian Suhr

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Christian Suhr
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Christian Suhr is a filmmaker, associate professor, and coordinator of the Eye & Mind MSc-Track of Visual Anthropology at Aarhus University.

The coming five years he will as PI dedicate his time to the ERC-project: “Heart Openings: The Experience and Cultivation of Love in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam” (2021-26). 

His previous research has focused on invisible spirits, psychiatric illnesses, demonic and divine forces, and how film can be used to approach unseen dimensions of human life. He has explored these topics during fieldwork projects in Egypt, Papua New Guinea, and Denmark.

He is the author of the book Descending with angels: Islamic exorcism and psychiatry, a film monograph (Manchester University Press 2019) based on a feature length film of the same title. In addition he is the director of the award-winning films Unity through culture (with Ton Otto, DER 2011), Ngat is dead (with Ton Otto and Steffen Dalsgaard, DER 2009) and Want a camel, yes? (with Mette Bahnsen, Persona Film 2005) as well as the forthcoming films Epoche (with Claire Petitmengin, Mind & Life Europe), Light upon light (Hasala Films), and On behalf of the Living (with Ton Otto and Gary Kildea).

Suhr’s edited work includes the books Transcultural montage (Berghahn 2013) and When the media sets the agenda (DJØF 2021) as well as three special journal issues: "Al-Ghayb: The poetics and politics of the unseen in Islam" (Contemporary Islam 13.1, 2019); "Anthropology and media" (Jordens Folk 54, 2019); "Camera as cultural critique(Journal of Visual Anthropology 31.4, 2018).

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