Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural: Experience, Place, Ritual, and Narrative
|Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural: Experience, Place, Ritual, and Narrative
Shetland, United Kingdom
This folklore conference will explore past and present supernatural traditions worldwide, focusing on how they relate to experience, place, ritual, and narrative.
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 ransfer 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’s innovative format means that delegates will undertaken trips out into the field, speaking with tradition bearers and visiting sites of local legend.