Conference Programme

1st Global Conference
Spirituality and the Supernatural

Friday 12th March 2021 – Saturday 13th March 2021
Lisbon, Portugal

The programme below is provisional to the postponed event originally due to run in April 2020. A new programme will be devised based on new submissions and acceptances.

Saturday 4th April 2020

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome, Opening Words, and Expectations: Seán Moran and Miranda Corcoran

09:30 – 10:30 Round Table Discussion:
Chair: Seán Moran

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

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 The Supernatural in the Natural World
Chair: Miranda Corcoran

Spiritual Poetics of Nature Poetry
Alexander J. B. Hampton

Shamanic Selves in Uncanny Landscapes: Channelling the Supernatural in Garner, Moore, and MacFarlane
Therese-M. Meyer

Water Spirits and the Spirit of Water
John Kachuba

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 The Consolations of Spirituality
Chair: Neda Kardooni

Spirituality and Alcoholism
Patrick Coghlan

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

Clandestine Migration: Embodied Liminality and Restorative Spirituality
Isabel P. B. Fêo Rodrigues

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Dramatic Spirits
Chair: Alexey Izmalkov

Archival Evidence of Exceptional Human Experience
Blynne Olivieri

Supernatural Seduction: Female Archetypes in Supernatural
Cathy Leogrande

Disposable Ghosts (Excerpt from Full-Length Play)
Katherine Duggan

17:15 – 17:30 End of Opening Day Cross Panel Discussion and Consolidation

17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Sunday 5th April 2020

09:30 – 10:30 Workshop
Chair: Sheng-Yu Peng

Július Koller aka UFO-naut JK Searching for Spiritual Transformation Through Art and Play (Workshop)
Peter Tuka

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Supernatural and Spiritual Cinema
Chair: Therese-M. Meyer

Monstrosity of a Male Artistic Ego in Darren Aronofsky’s Mother (2017)
Alexey Izmalkov

Occult Ideography in German Expressionist Cinema
Colton Ochsner

Durational Film and Spiritual Reflection
Sue Thomas

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 The Supernatural and the Word
Chair: Colton Ochsner

Spirituality and the Other: Reflections on the Contemporary Communicative Crisis
Sheng-Yu Peng

Spectral Dramaturgy: Mary Shelley as Gothic Dramatist in Rona Munro’s Adaptation of Frankenstein
Gheorghe L Williams

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

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 16:30 Spiritual Minorities
Chair: John Kachuba

Group-Differentiated Rights or Rights to Freedom of Conscience? Categorizing Sufi groups in Iran.
Neda Kardooni

16:30 – 17:00 End of Day 2 Cross Panel Discussion and Consolidation

17:00 – 17:30 Project Development, Closing Thoughts, Photographs and Goodbyes