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 CALL FOR PAPERS: Since its inception in 2007, members of Exploring the Extraordinary have organised two very successful academic conferences that have brought together researchers from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds. The purpose of these events has been to encourage a wider dissemination of knowledge and research, and an interdisciplinary discussion of extraordinary phenomena and experience. By ‘extraordinary’ we refer to phenomena and experiences that are considered to be beyond the mundane, referring to those that have been called supernatural, paranormal, mystical, transcendent, exceptional, spiritual, magical and/or religious, as well as the relevance of such for human culture.

 Keynote Speakers:

 Prof Charles Emmons

Dr Serena Roney-Dougal

 We are delighted to release a call for papers for our third conference, and would like to invite presentation or poster submission on topics related to the above. Please submit a 300-500 word paper abstract, or poster proposal to:

 Dr Madeleine Castro and Dr Hannah Gilbert (

by the 4th April 2011.

Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length and intended for an interdisciplinary audience. Please include contact information and a brief biographical note.

 Additionally, we would like to invite contributions to an exhibition that will also be held during the conference. The theme of the exhibition will be organised around two broad themes: ‘Nature, twilight and the night’ and ‘Dimensions of Spirit’. We would like to invite submissions of any of the following: artwork; photography; research images; research footage, moving images or short films (of no more than ten minutes in length and with copyright clearance if necessary). Please feel free to get in touch to discuss any ideas beforehand. The deadline for exhibition submissions is also 4th April, 2011.

Please visit for more information (and to see

past conference schedules), or email


Exploring the Extraordinary: conference York University


University of York

Exploring the Extraordinary
1st One day Conference
W/222, Department of Sociology, University of York, UK
Saturday 31st October, 2009

Speakers include:

Tamlyn Ryan, University of York: ‘Cyberpsychics: Subjective experiences of psychic readings on the internet’;

David Luke, University of Greenwich: ‘Discarnate entities and
dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Psychopharmacology, phenomenology and ontology’;

Paul Cowdell, University of Hertfordshire: ‘Spirits and spirits: Seeing
ghosts under the influence’;

Tony Hegarty, Liverpool John Moores University: ‘Ambassadors of spirit’;

Ian Kidd, University of Durham: ‘Science, pseudoscience and the demarcation problem’;

Chris Roe, University of Northampton: ‘Reproducing anomalous experiences in the laboratory: A review of some recent research developments in

This conference will be hosted by the Anomalous Experiences Research Unit ( ), members of which established Exploring the Extraordinary in 2007 at the University of York, with the aim of creating a supportive researcher network that would encourage interdisciplinary links and discussions regarding the study of extraordinary experiences. By ‘extraordinary’ we refer to experiences that are considered by experients to be beyond the mundane, having significant spiritual or life changing connotations. We include experiences that have been called supernatural, aranormal, mystical, transcendental, exceptional, spiritual, and religious, as well as the belief systems such experiences may connect to.

Tickets will cost £15 (£10 concessions), and we will be organising a meal at a local restuarant in the evening for those wishing to stay over in York on Saturday night. For further details and registration information please contact Hannah Gilbert at

To join Exploring the Extraordinary, please visit our jiscmail list –

or Facebook group –


The CAMBRIDGE CENTRE for the study of WESTERN ESOTERICISM is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the directors share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive.. From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see

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