Conference Programme

1st Global Conference
Spirituality and the Supernatural

Saturday 20th February 2021 – Sunday 21st February 2021


Saturday, 20th February 2021
Platform will open at 11.45am (GMT)

12:00 – 12:15 Welcome, Opening Words, and Expectations: Lorraine Rumson

12:15 – 12:45 Session 1: Round Table Discussion:
Chair: Miranda Corcoran

What do we Mean by ‘Spirituality’ and ‘Supernatural’ and What Role Might They Have in the 21st Century?

12:45 – 13:00 Break

13:00 – 14:30 Session 2: Women and the Supernatural
Chair: Colton Ochsner

Oppressed and Reclaimed: A Feminist Lens on Women and the Supernatural
Abhramika Choudhuri

Paranormal Patriarchy and Vengeful Women: Tracing Misogyny in the Cultural Constructions of Vindictive Spirits
Yash Gupta

Supernatural Seduction: Female Archetypes in Supernatural
Cathy Leogrande

14:30 – 14:45 Long Break

14:45 – 15:45 Session 3: The Supernatural/Spiritual Histories
Chair: Cathy Leogrande

Archival Evidence of Exceptional Human Experience
Blynne Olivieri

From Crises to Peace: Vegan Feed Supports Refugees in Greece
Haorui Wu

15:45 – 16:15 Long Break

16:15 – 17:45 Session 4: The Supernatural & Visual Culture
Chair: Rainer Koeppl

Occult Ideography in German Expressionist Cinema
Colton Ochsner

Durational Film and Spiritual Reflection
Sue Thomas

Reawakening Humanity on stage: Steiner and Kandinsky’s scenic compositions against materialism
David Picquart

17:45 – 18:15 End of Opening Day Discussion  Cross Panel Issues, Discussion and Consolidation


Sunday, 21st February 2021
Platform will open at 11:45am (GMT)

12:00 – 13:00 Session 5: The Supernatural, the Spiritual and the Word
Chair: David Picquart

Dracula, Freud and Sherlock Holmes: the Dialectics of the Supernatural
Rainer Koeppl

Spectral Dramaturgy: Mary Shelley as Gothic dramatist in Rona Munro’s adaptation of Frankenstein
Gheorghe Williams

13:00 – 13:15 Break

13:15 – 14:45 Session 6: Otherness, Healing and Community
Chair: Gheorghe Williams

The Role of Culture and Beliefs in Healing: An Ethnography Within an Inner-city Pentecostal Church
Geoffrey Amoateng

Queer Creatures: Reproduction and Community
James Chantry

Shamanic selves in uncanny landscapes: Channeling the supernatural in Garner, Moore, and MacFarlane
Therese-M. Meyer

14:45 – 15:15 Long Break

15:15 – 16:00 Session 7: Disposable Ghosts: Original drama
Katie Duggan

16:00 – 17:00 End of Day Cross Panel Discussion
                      Project Development
                      Closing Thoughts, Goodbyes