Investigating Paranormal Investigators: The Lived Spaces of UFO, Ghost, and Sasquatch Research Organizations
Despite the formation of a secular society, researchers have observed a global surge in beliefs and practices associated with the paranormal. Central to these new paranormal cultures is the increase in popularity of investigation organizations that study anomalous phenomena such as UFOs, ghosts, and Sasquatch. Addressing the lack of theoretical and empirically grounded studies on paranormal investigation cultures, Dr. Kingsbury’s lecture will explore the lived spaces of paranormal investigations, conferences, and community events located in Greater Vancouver and the Western United States.
Dr. Paul Kingsbury is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. His research draws on the social and spatial theories of Jacques Lacan and Friedrich Nietzsche to explore the cultural geographies of love, power, and the sublime. He is the co-editor (with Steve Pile) of Psychoanalytic Geographies (2014) and (with Gavin J. Andrews and Robin Kearns) of Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music (2014).