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?
Innovative conference format.
On the afternoon of 25 March, we will travel from the town of Lerwick to our base
at remote and windswept cottages on the island of Unst. We will spend the next three
days speaking with tradition bearers and visiting sites of local legend in the North
Isles of Shetland. On 29-30 March, delegates will give academic presentations in
association with the conference The Supernatural in Literature and Film: No separate
registration is required to hear talks belonging to this event. We will return to
Lerwick on the morning of 31 March.
Attendance and call for papers.
The call for papers is now closed. If you missed this conference, make sure to check
back on the Island Dynamics website for information on future events.