This week’s statistical report on our cases of suspected spirit possession has exceeded 300. This report shows the frequency distribution of where patients are accommodated, i.e. with family, independent, in hospital, in jail, homeless or somewhere else. In addition to statistics, each case is also audio/visually recorded for phenomenological study and offers the student of qualitative research methods a fascinating insight into the relationship between beliefs and experience and how mediums communicate with spirits and dissociated sub-personalities. How can any dedicated health-care professional or serious researcher into the nature of human consciousness ignore this gold-mine of information?
1st-3rd July 2019, Lampeter Campus
In 1969 Sir Alister Hardy invited scholars to Oxford to discuss whether a scientific approach to the study of religious and spiritual experience was possible. Following this symposium he founded the Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC). Now, 50 years on, we continue to engage with the study of spiritual and religious experience, albeit with greater urgency in the context of progressive secularisation.
We are celebrating the 50th anniversary with a three-day conference on the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David which hosts the research centre now. The conference will look back at the work of the research centre during the past five decades and also look forward to the future, with keynote lectures from Prof Ann Taves (University of California, Santa Barbara, former President of the American Academy of Religion), Prof Jeremy Carrette (University of Kent) and Prof Leslie Francis (University of Warwick), chair of the Alister Hardy Trust Board of Trustees.
The RERC Conference will offer opportunities to senior academics as well as Master’s students and doctoral researchers to present their work on topics related to religious and spiritual experience. If you would like to contribute a paper or organise a panel, please submit an abstract (app. 300 words) with a short biographical statement together with your academic affiliation by 11 March 2019 (via the Conference Registration form below).
The RERC Conference is supported by the Alister Hardy Trust and will run from 1 to 3 July 2019 on the Lampeter Campus. There will be a conference fee that will also cover lunch, coffee/tea (approx. £18 per day) as well as an option for dinner (approx. £20 for dinner). The University has reserved accommodation (B&B) for delegates in one of the halls of residence (approx. £35 B&B per night).
The RERC conference will be followed by the Fourth Annual Interfaith conference (July 4-5, 2019). Information about the Interfaith Conference will follow later on the Interfaith Conference webpage. You can register your interest in either (or both) of these conferences via the Conference Registration page below.
The deadline for paper proposals has now closed. We will send out the decision about the proposals very soon. Soon afterwards the conference registration will open. Everyone who has registered interest in the conference will get an email when the programme is uploaded on the website and the registration opens.
This ticketed event is open to practitioners, people with lived experience of psychosis, families, carers, academics, researchers and anyone with an interest in the subject of psychosis.
The first event of its kind for the South Coast, this one-day conference initiated and promoted by ISPS UK South Coast Network in collaboration with local organisations including Soteria Brighton, Hearing Voices Brighton, and the Spiritual Crisis Network Brighton. It is hoped that this conference will be the beginning of a regular Annual South Coast Network Conference programme. The conference is part of the National ISPS UK post-Liverpool Congress Strategy of ‘keeping psycho-social approaches at the heart of the NHS’. Follow this link for tickets.
Last-minute change of venue. This conference is now being held at Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School. 14 Love Ln, Stourbridge DY8 2DZ, UK
Saturday 30 March 2019
Exploring Beliefs, Cases, and Theory
James G. Matlock – Foreword by Jeffrey Mishlove
Signs of Reincarnation provides a systematic, inter-disciplinary examination of beliefs in as well as evidence for reincarnation that will appeal to students of anthropology, religious studies, philosophy, and the psychology of consciousness and memory, as well as parapsychology. Matlock discusses various ways the reincarnation evidence may be interpreted and shows that although the postmortem survival and reincarnation of consciousness entails a rejection of the materialist notion that consciousness is generated by the brain, it does not require the acceptance of any radically new concepts or the abandonment of well-established findings in mainstream psychology or biology. The book includes an extensive bibliography and a glossary of specialized and technical terms. « less