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The 7th Annual Conference of Exploring the Extraordinary
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12/4/2015 to 12/6/2015
When: 12/4/2015
Where: York Marriott Hotel
Tadcaster Road
United Kingdom

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Exploring the Extraordinary, an "interdisciplinary network for those engaged/interested in research into the 'extraordinary,'" will host their 7th annual conference in York, UK on the 4-6 December 2015 and is now open for registration.


I) Parapsychology: Experimentation and Counselling

  • Ganzfeld Stimulation Facilitates Performance at a Precognitive Remote Viewing Task, Prof. Chris A Roe, Laura Hickinbotham & Johnny Ryan, University of Northampton
  • "Most People Think You’re a Fruit Loop”: An Exploratory Study of Clients’ Experiences of Seeking Support for Anomalous Experiences, Dr. Elizabeth E Roxburgh & Rachel E Evenden, University of Northampton
II) The Extraordinary and the Sociological Perspective
  • Crafting Coincidence: The Rhetoric of Improbable Events, Germaine Stockbridge, University of York
  • ‘Not True, but Fun to Talk About at Parties’..?: Exploring the Challenge of Otherworldly Encounters for the Sociological Imagination, Dr. Sara MacKian, Open University
  • Exploring ‘Pennies from Heaven’:  And Other Phenomena & Communication from Beyond Using a Symbolic Interaction Lens, Laurel Hilliker, Park University 
III) Belief, Folklore and Space I
  • The ‘Voodoo Doll’: The Cultural Endurance of Figurative Magic in the Twentieth Century, Natalie Armitage, University of Manchester
  • Restless Souls: Beliefs in Strigoi in Romanian Tradition, Cristina Douglas, University of Bucharest
  • Paranormal Domesticity: The Reinvention of the Irish Home as Uncanny, Revenant Space Tracy Fahry, LIT 
IV) The Spiritual Self
  • The Psychic Self, Dr. Fiona Bowie, King’s College University
  • A Sensitivity Continuum for Mystical and Spiritual Experience, Dr Terence Palmer
V) Religion and Experience
  • Spirit Possession and Mediumship in a South Indian Fishing Village, Dr. Charles W Nuckolls, Brigham Young University
  • Powered by the God Who Heals: Charismatic Healing Rituals and Re-Imagining Religion, Nadya Pohran, University of Cambridge
  • We’re All Tourists Now and Some are Trying to Listen, Richard Saville-Smith, University of Edinburgh

VI) Popular Culture, Identity and Experience

  • On the Head of a Pin: A Consideration of the Methodological Issues Raised by Approaching Belligerent Nationalism as a Form of Spiritual Commitment, Dr. Andrew Fergus Wilson, University of Derby
  • "Did You Check that Corpses Credit?!” Supernatural Powers and Suicide as Displayed in the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service: A Critical Manga Reading, Matt Coward, York St John University
  •  Screaming Cupboards and Burning Books: An Exploration of the Forbidden, Chris Lambert
VII) Belief, Folklore and Space II
  • A New Demonology: John Keel, Charles Fort and the Occult Revival, Dr. David Clarke, Sheffield Hallam University                    
  • Borrowing Boggarts: The Diffusion of Folk-Tales in a Manchester Park, Dr. Ceri Houlbrook, University of Manchester
  • Under the Volcano, Andy Sharp
VIII) Ritual, Music and Theatre
  • Lay Ritual: The Theoaesthetics of Grotowski's Lineage, Dr. Mark James Hamilton, Regent’s University London
  • Caerimonia Metricus, Metricus Ritualis - Ceremonial Metrics, Metrical Rituals, Ben Freeth, University of Newcastle
IX) Spiritual Experience and Transformation
  • The Embodied Emotion Management of Extrasensory Practitioners: A Reflexive Approach, Dr. Sarah Roberts
  • A Tale of the Temporal Lobes and Other Mystical States, Louise King, University of Northampton
  • Spiritual Transcendence Through Physical Exhaustion, Matthew Evans, Columbia University
X) History, Magic and Spirits
  • Sweet-Talking the Spirits: The Use of Emotional Language in the Renaissance, Drew Manns, University of London
  • The Experience of Magic: Performance, Embodiment and Materiality in the Magical Workings of Humphrey Gilbert and John Davis, Phil Legard, Leeds Beckett University
To read the abstracts, please click here.

For more information, please visit or email, where you can also view previous conference presentations.

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