29-30 March will feature presentations by academics and practitioners on the subjects
of the supernatural in literature and film as well as folk belief and traditions
of the supernatural. The conference will be held at North Unst Public Hall.
If you would live in Shetland and would like to attend the presentations, please
RSVP by writing to Robert Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org by 22 March at the latest.
Label your e-mail ‘Supernatural’ to make sure that Robert sees it. Attendance (including
lunch) costs £7 per day.
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 transfer 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?