David Morgan

Professor of Religious Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1990

  • M.A., University of Arizona 1984

  • B.A., Concordia College 1980

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."

Expertise

History of religious visual culture, art history and critical theory, religion and media

Projects

From its origins in the mid-seventeenth century visions of the French nun Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–90) to its continuing employment in worship today, the Devotion to the... read more »
Religious belief is rooted in and sustained by material practice, and this book provides an extraordinary insight into how it works on the ground. David Morgan has brought... read more »
David Morgan builds on his previous groundbreaking work to offer this new, systematically integrated theory of the study of religion as visual culture. Providing key tools... read more »

Morgan, D. The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. (Monograph)

Morgan, D. The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling. University of California Press, 2012.

Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief. Ed. D Morgan. London: Routledge, 2010. (Edited Book)

Morgan, D. The Sacred Heart of Jesus: The Visual Evolution of a Devotion. Amsterdam University Press, 2008.

Re-enchantment. Ed. D Morgan and J Elkins. New York: Routledge, 2008. (Edited Book)

Pages

Morgan, D. "The Senses in Religion: Migrations of Sacred and Sensory Values." A Cultural History of the Senses. Ed. JP Toner, C Classen, AC Vila, RG Newhauser, and D Howes. London: Berg, December 1, 2014. 89-111. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "The Image of the Protestant Bible in America." The Bible in the Public Square. Ed. MA Chancey, C Meyers, and EM Meyers. Society of Biblical Literature, July 21, 2014. 93-120. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "Reflection: Religious tracts in the eighteenth century." Media, Religion and Culture: An Introduction. January 1, 2014. 84-85.

Morgan, D. "Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion." The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts. Ed. FB Brown. Oxford University Press, 2013. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "Kimsooja and the Art of Place." Kimsooja: Unfolding. Vancouver Art Gallery, 2013. 115-123.

Morgan, DL. "Focus groups and social interaction." The SAGE Handbook of Interview Research: The Complexity of the Craft. January 1, 2012. 161-176. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Rhetoric of the Heart: Figuring the Body in Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus." Things: Material Religion and the Topography of Divine Spaces. Fordham University Press, 2012. 90-111. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "The Look of the Sacred." Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies. Ed. RA Orsi. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 296-318. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "Religion and Visuality in America: Material Economies of the Sacred." Cambridge History of Religions in America, 3 vols. Ed. S Stein. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 748-780. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "Thomas Kinkade and the History of Protestant Visual Culture in America." Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall. Duke University Press, 2011. 29-53. (Chapter)

Pages

Morgan, D. "The Practicality of Votive Culture." Material Religion 13.1 (January 2, 2017): 110-112. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Saints and Sacred Matter: the Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond." Material Religion 12.4 (October 27, 2016): 524-525. Full Text

Morgan, D. "The Material Culture of Divination." Material Religion 12.4 (October 27, 2016): 505-506. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Divination, Material Culture, and Chance." Material Religion 12.4 (October 27, 2016): 502-504. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Materializing the study of religion." Religion 46.4 (October 2016): 640-643. Full Text

Morgan, D. "On the nature of collecting." Material Religion 12.3 (July 27, 2016): 375-377. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Missionaries and Idols in Polynesia." Material Religion 12.2 (April 2, 2016): 248-248. Full Text

Morgan, DL, Eliot, S, Lowe, RA, and Gorman, P. "Dyadic Interviews as a Tool for Qualitative Evaluation." American Journal of Evaluation 37.1 (March 2016): 109-117. Full Text

Morgan, D. "The Materiality of Sacred Economies." Material Religion 11.3 (July 3, 2015): 387-391. Full Text

Morgan, DL. "From Themes to Hypotheses." Qualitative Health Research 25.6 (June 2015): 789-793. Full Text

Pages

Morgan, D. "Temples for a modern god: religious architecture in postwar America." Choice Reviews Online 51.01 (September 1, 2013): 51-0093-51-0093. (Review) Full Text

Morgan, D. "Review of Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon by Martin Kemp." Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief 9.1 (March 1, 2013): 121-122. (Review) Full Text

Morgan, D. "Violence and Memory." The Revealer (May 12, 2011). (Essay)

Morgan, D. "Thing." Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief 7.1 (March 1, 2011): 140-146. (Essay) Full Text

Morgan, D. "The Emotional Technology of Evangelicalism." American Art 25 (2011): 13-15. (Essay)

Morgan, D, Meyer, B, Paine, C, and Plate, SB. "The Origin and Mission of Material Religion." Religion 30 (2010): 1-5. (Essay)

Morgan, D. "Liberty and Liberty Together." (June 10, 2009). (Essay)

Morgan, D. "Religion and the Making of Nat Turner's Virginia: Baptist Community and Conflict, 1740-1840." JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC 29.3 (2009): 538-543. (Review)

Morgan, D. "Bodies of Belief: Baptist Community in Early America." JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC 29.3 (2009): 538-543. (Review)

Pages

Material Religion: State of the Art awarded by Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2015

Fall 2016

Religious Material Culture (ARTHIST 911.01)
Gray 094, F 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2014

Religious Material Culture (ARTHIST 911.01)
Gray 220, F 01:40 PM-04:10 PM