This folklore conference will explore past and present supernatural traditions worldwide, focusing on how they relate to experience, place, ritual, and narrative.
Throughout history, scholars and laypeople have theorised on supernatural experience. Europeans have debated, for example, whether fairies should be identified as demons, Jungian archetypes, symbols of nature, a race of humans, childhood bogeymen, or liminality made manifest. Is precognition a blessing, curse, delusion, or ransfer of spiritual energy? What about encounters with ghosts, gods, aliens, monsters, or the Virgin Mary? How comparable are traditions from different cultures? Where do we draw the line between religion, folk belief, science, and entertainment?
From the evening of 25 March to the afternoon of 28 March, we will be based at remote and windswept cottages on the island of Unst, where we will speak with tradition bearers and visit sites of local legend. We will spend the last two nights in Shetland’s main town of Lerwick, where delegates will give academic presentations. Throughout the event, delegates will prepare and dine on locally produced food. The events of 29-30 March take place in association with The Supernatural in Literature and Film: No separate registration is required to hear talks belonging to this conference.
Attendance is limited to around 20 delegates, accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to give a talk, send an abstract (150-200 words) and biography (max. 100 words) to convenor Adam Grydehøj at firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected papers will be collected for publication in book form.
Expressions are interest are welcome, but you must register to save a place at the event. Write to convenor Adam Grydehøj at email@example.com to learn more.
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