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Stuart Nolan

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Stuart Nolan

Lancaster University

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Research overview

The Materiality of Thought: Theatrical Mentalism and Speculative Neuroscience. 

My research uses archive research conducted as a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress to show how late 19th and early 20th century performers of Theatrical Mentalism interacted with the philosophical/spiritual New Thought movement and influenced the development of modern-day ideas about the power of the brain. Ideas that have shaped cognitive capitalism, transhumanism, and the rise of literal wishful thinking in the political sphere. My work aims to provide fresh insight into present-day political and scientific discourse and contribute to Religious History, Critical Neuroscience, and Critical Neuroart.

  • Published

    Letter from the Editors

    Taylor, N., Nolan, S. & Hoedt, M., 6/12/2021, In: Journal of Performance Magic. 6, 1, 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineEditorialpeer-review

  • Published

    Vers une magie numérique non rétinienne

    Nolan, S., 26/06/2020, Magie numérique: Les Arts trompeurs. Machines. Magie. Médias. Almiron, M., Bazou, S. & Pisano, G. (eds.). Lille: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Published

    Performing fabulous monsters: re-inventing the gothic personae in bizarre magick

    Nolan, S. & Taylor, N., 1/05/2015, Monstrous media/spectral subjects. Spooner, C. & Botting, F. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 128-142 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

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