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?
The conference combined scholarly discussion with visits to sites in Shetland’s North
Isles associated with supernatural legends as well as talks with local tradition