The aim of this panel is to investigate and discuss how non-representable supernatural beings such as djinns, angels, demons and spirits could be studied and captured visually and ethnographically via documentary films.
Anthropologists have long struggled with the problem of how best to conceptualize and account for the observable diversity of religious belief and practice in various societies. Also recently there has been interest among ethnographic filmmakers who survey healing and spirit possession rituals, exorcism ceremonies or religious gatherings among which supernatural forces (djinns, demons and spirits) are the main topic of the ceremonies. The aim of this panel is to investigate and discuss how such non-representable supernatural beings could be studied and captured visually and ethnographically via documentary films. We invite anthropologists, visual anthropologists, ethnographic and documentary filmmakers to participate in our panel and to present a paper/presentation about their visual experiences in this regard. We are especially interested in presentations which are based on film projects or ethnographic film researches, even if they are in their early stages.