Paul Kingsbury

Associate Dean, Undergraduate

kingsbury@sfu.ca

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Paul Kingsbury’s research mainly engages the social and spatial theories associated with Jacques Lacan and Friedrich Nietzsche to explore two interrelated cultural geographies.

First, the psychoanalytic geographies of people’s lives in terms of the entanglements of the psyche and social, that is, collective modes of embodied doing, feeling, and thinking. This research investigates how, why, and where people’s desires, enjoyment, fantasies, and anxieties are not simply located “inside” their heads, but rather are materially externalized in the lived socio-spatial practices of tourism, consumption, and nationalism. Second, the aesthetic geographies of people’s embodied feelings, sensory evaluations, and judgments of taste in the context of popular music, multicultural festivals, a Sherlock Holmes literary society, and Google Earth.

He has also recently begun a project that examines the growth of paranormal investigation cultures by conducting a study of organizations in British Columbia and conferences across North America. Despite the formation of a modern and secular society, throughout the world, there has been a surge in beliefs, practices, and experiences associated with the paranormal. Central to these new paranormal cultures is the increase in popularity of paranormal “scientific” investigation organizations and conferences that study anomalous phenomena, in particular ghosts, UFOs, and “monsters” such as Sasquatch. Using scientific models, rhetoric, and techniques, these organizations and conferences have resulted in the democratization of paranormal investigation and greater availability of paranormal experiences for a significant number of people.

Education

  • University of Kentucky, 2003, Ph.D. Major Field: Geography
  • University of Kentucky, 2000, Graduate Certificate in Social Theory
  • University of Kentucky, 1999, M.A. Major Field: Geography
  • University of Wales, Lampeter, 1996, B.A. Major Field: Geography