American Religion, Duke University, Jamie L. Brummitt, Media, Materiality, Images, Technology, Mourning, Needlework.
Jamie researches the media, materiality, and technology of 19th century American Protestantism. Her projects investigate schoolgirls’ needlework, mourning embroideries and lithographs, Spiritualism, missions, Victorian parlor culture, and women’s suffrage. Jamie also researches American Islam.
Jamie’s dissertation examines the material culture of mourning that proliferated after George Washington’s death. It traces how mourning for Washington and his relics became central to American Protestantism & politics. Americans engaged relics as powerful objects to realize their roles as political, religious, and gendered citizens.
Jamie published “Mary Lyman’s Mourning Piece” with Yale University’s Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (MAVCOR). Jamie’s forthcoming essay, “Black Muslims, White Jesus,” examines W.D. Muhammad’s Committee for the Removal of All Images that Attempt to Portray the Divine.