Editors & Contributors

Sally R. Munt

Sally R Munt has been Director of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies [SCCS] since 2007, at Sussex University, where she is also Professor of Cultural Studies and Gender Studies. She is the author or editor of numerous books in the fields of cultural studies and otherness. Her most recent book was written with Kath Browne and Andrew K.T. Yip, Queer Spiritual Spaces (Ashgate 2010). Sally, with Olu, directed the 2009 ‘Paranormal Cultures’ conference at SCCS, from which this book originated.

Olu Jenzen

Olu Jenzen is a Senior Lecturer in in the School of Art, Design and Media. She has published on themes such as trauma, otherness and textuality; the literary fantastic; the queer uncanny; and the trope of doppelgangers in popular culture.

Christopher Partridge

Christopher Partridge is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. His research and writing focuses on alternative spiritualities, countercultures, and popular music. He is the author of The Re-Enchantment of the West: Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture, 2 volumes (2004, 2005) and Dub in Babylon: Understanding the Evolution and Significance of Dub Reggae in Jamaica and Britain from King Tubby to Post-punk (2010). He is also co-editor of the series ‘Studies in Popular Music’ (Equinox) and ‘Studies in Religion and Popular Music’ (Continuum).
Research Interests:
(1) My current principal area of interest lies at the interface of Popular Music Studies and Religious Studies. With Alyn Shipton, I currently edit the series Studies in Popular Music.
(2) Countercultures and subcultures in the West.
(3) The study of new religions and alternative spiritualities.

Personal Webpage: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/ppr/profiles/Christopher-Partridge/

John Harvey

John Harvey is Professor of Art, an historian of art and visual culture, and an intermedial-art practitioner at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, Wales. His research field is the visual culture of religion. Presently, he is investigating biblical imaging, pictorial transpositions of Scripture, paranormal sound, and audio articulations of the bible and religious culture. His books include Photography and Spirit (Reaktion Books 2007) and The Bible as Visual Culture (Sheffield Pheonix Press 2013).

Personal Website: http://users.aber.ac.uk/jhh/index.html

Annette Hill

Annette Hill is a Professor of Media at Lund University, Sweden, and Visiting Professor at the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster, UK. Her research focuses on audiences, with interests in sociology of media, everyday life, genres and cultures of viewing, and media experiences. Her most recent book is Paranormal Media (2011). Other books include Restyling Factual TV (Routledge 2007), and Reality TV (Routledge 2005). Her most recent book is Paranormal Media: Audiences, Spirits and Magic in Popular Culture (Routledge 2011). Other books include Restyling Factual TV (Routledge 2007), Reality TV: Audiences and Popular Factual Television (Routledge 2005), TV Living: Television, Audiences and Everyday Life (with David Gauntlett 1999), and Shocking Entertainment: Viewer Responses to Media Violence (1997). She is the co-editor (with Robert C Allen) of the Television Studies Reader (Routledge 2003). A variety of articles in journals and edited collections address issues of film violence, media ethics, documentary audiences, reality TV, and entertainment.

Telephone +46 (0)46 222 88 80

David Clarke

David Clarke is Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. He is the author of numerous books and papers in the fields of folklore, extraordinary experiences and contemporary legend. Since 2008 he has been the consultant for The National Archives project covering the release of the Ministry of Defence UFO files. His most recent book is The UFO Files, second edition (Bloomsbury 2012).

Personal Website: http://drdavidclarke.co.uk

Robert Peckham

Robert Peckham is co-Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where he is also Assistant Professor in the Department of History. His current research focuses on histories of laboratory bioscience, colonial medicine, modern virology, and cross-cultural representations of infectious disease. He is editor of the forthcoming volume Disease and Crime: A History of Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health (Routledge) and co-editor of Imperial Contagions: Medicine, Hygiene, and Cultures of Planning in Asia (Hong Kong University Press 2012).

William J Dewan is Adjunct Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of previous articles on the relationship between paranormal beliefs and experiences that have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and Journal of American Folklore. He is presently working on a book project based on his recently completed dissertation work on UFO witnesses in the American Southwest.

Andrea Molle

Andrea Molle is associate researcher in Sociology and Political Science at Chapman University, Orange (CA). He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with focus in Anthropology and Research Methods from the University of Milano and B.Sc/M.Sc. in Political Sciences from the University of Genova. From November 2006 to November 2008, he conducted anthropological researches on new religions in Japan working at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nagoya) under the JSPS programme. Current projects at Chapman focus on computational social science, non-conventional religions and forms of spiritualty. He has published a book on new religions (in Italian) and several articles in journals in the fields of sociology and anthropology.

Christopher Bader

Christopher Bader is a Professor of Sociology at Chapman University and affiliated with the Institute for Religion, Economics and Culture (IRES).  He was principal investigator of the first two waves of the Baylor Religion Survey, a nationwide survey of US religious beliefs.  He is associate director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (www.theArda.com), an online archive of religion survey data funded by the Templeton Foundation and Lilly Foundation and supported by Penn State University and Chapman. Christopher has published, to date, 30 articles in the fields of sociology, deviance, criminology, the sociology of religion and education.

Angela Voss

Angela Voss is an honorary lecturer for the MA in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, and a tutor for the Community Arts and Education programme at Christ Church University, Canterbury. Her research has centered on the role of the cognitive imagination in Western esoteric traditions, and she has published extensively on the fifteenth century philosopher and magus Marsilio Ficino. She has also co-edited three volumes dedicated to astrology, divination and the question of the sacred, the most recent being Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence with William Rowlandson (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2013).

Telephone: 07787 434958
Website: www.angelavoss.org

Dr Abby Day

Abby Day is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent. She has researched belief and belonging across three generations for more than 10 years. Her most recent book is Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World (Oxford University Press 2011). A forthcoming book will be an edited collection, with Giselle Vincett and Chris Cotter, published by Ashgate in 2013: Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular. She is Chair of the Sociology of Religion group in the British Sociological Association.

Paul Cowdell

Paul Cowdell studied Classics before spending some years working in theatre. He returned to academia to study Folklore, winning the Folklore Society’s President’s Prize for an essay on an unpublished agricultural protest song. He conducted fieldwork for the Smithsonian Institution’s 2007 Folklife Festival, and recently completed his PhD into contemporary belief in ghosts at the University of Hertfordshire. Aside from ghosts he has published on cannibal ballads, tongue twisters and folklore about rats. He is a committee member of the Folklore Society.

Thesis: http:uhra.herts.ac.uk/dspace/handle/2299/7184
Blog: http://humphreywithhisflail.blogspot.co.uk

Dr Diane Dobry

Diane Dobry is Director of Communications and Marketing at SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, New York, and an independent researcher on media and culture. She has published a review on wine labels as popular culture, and has presented in the USA and Europe her research on paranormal reality television and online viewer interpretations of death and the afterlife, death in popular culture, and researchers who have studied the paranormal. She produces blogs about wine and ‘spirits’ at http://ghostdoctor.newsvine.com, http://ghostdoctor.blogspot.com and http://hungarianwinewoman.blogspot.com.

Twitter: @dhdobry

Sarah Jane Sloane

Sarah Sloane is Professor of English at Colorado State University. She is the author of two books about writing – Digital Fictions: Storytelling in a Material World (2000) and The I Ching for Writers (2005) – and has just completed a third book, a nonfiction account of a Guatemalan ex-guerrilla living in the United States. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and published reviews, book chapters, and articles on subjects as various as sand mandalas, Prometheus, gender studies, and digital narratives. Most recently, she was a summer writer-in-residence at ART342 in Fort Collins, Colorado, where the essay on Wilhelm Reich was written.

Esther Peeren

Esther Peeren is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Globalization Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has published extensively on Mikhail Bakhtin, identity constructions and agency, popular culture, and spectrality. Most recently, she edited, with María del Pilar Blanco, Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum 2010) and The Spectralities Reader (Bloomsbury 2013).

Personal Webpage: http://uva.academia.edu/EstherPeeren

Heather Nunn


Heather Nunn is Professor of Culture and Politics at the University of Roehampton. Her research interests include gender and politics, documentary and reality TV, images of childhood and cultural studies and social class. She is the co-author with Anita Biressi of Class and Contemporary British Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2013).

Telephone : +44 (0)20 8392 3359

Anita Biressi

Anita Biressi is Reader in Media Cultures at the University of Roehampton. Her research interests include discourses of crime and criminality and law and order in the media, media ethics, popular journalism and tabloid culture, media spectacle, reality programming, documentary and factual film and television.
Anita is currently undertaking further research in the areas of class politics and reality television; media spectacle and documentary film. Her new book Class in Contemporary British Culture is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.
She is the co-author with Heather Nunn of Class and Contemporary British Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2013).

Personal Webpage: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/staff/Anita-Biressi

Josephine Machon

Josephine Machon is Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Performance Practice at Middlesex University, London. She is the author of Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance (Palgrave 2013). Josephine has written extensively on her own theory of (syn)aesthetics and visceral performance and is Joint Editor of The Palgrave Series in Performance & Technology, for which she has co-edited a number of related collections.

María del Pilar Blanco

María del Pilar Blanco is University Lecturer in Spanish-American Literature and Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination (Fordham University Press 2012) and co-editor, with Esther Peeren, of Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum 2010).

Karin Beeler

Karin Beeler is a Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Northern British Columbia (Canada) where she teaches television genre and film studies courses. She is the author or editor of several books in the areas of film and television studies. She recently published ‘Televisual Transformations: Myth and Social Issues in Smallville’ in The Smallville Chronicles: Critical Essays on the Television Series edited by Lincoln Geraghty (Scarecrow 2011). Her most recent book is Seers, Witches and Psychics on Screen (McFarland 2008).

Kristen Gallerneaux Brooks


Kristen Gallerneaux Brooks is a San Diego Fellow in the PhD in Art Practice: Art and Media History, Theory, and Criticism program at University of California, San Diego and holds an MFA in Printmaking from Wayne State University and a MA in Folklore from the University of Oregon. In 2006, she founded the Revenant Archives, an ongoing art and research project dedicated to the visual history of paranormal culture and the intersection of vernacular belief with material culture.

Jennifer Fisher

Jenny Fisher is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies at York University, Toronto. Her research focuses on display practices and the aesthetics of the non-visual senses, including the sixth sense. She is editor of Technologies of Intuition (YYZBOOKS 2006). In 2012 she launched the Journal of Curatorial Studies, where she is Editor. She also edited special issues of PUBLIC on ‘Civic Spectacle’ and The Senses & Society on ‘Sensory Aesthetics’. The DisplayCult curatorial collaborative is a key framework for her practice.

Melvyn J. Willin

Melvyn Willin is an independent research scholar and the Honorary Archives Liaison Officer at the Society for Psychical Research. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of paramusicology [sic] and psychical research. His first book combined his two doctorates in paranormal and witchcraft studies from the perspective of music (Music, Witchcraft and the Paranormal, Melrose Press 2005). He is currently undertaking a research project concerning paranormality within the martial arts.

Personal Website: http://www.hulford.co.uk/willin.html

Jon Armstrong

Jon Armstrong is a theatre maker and magician. He is co-director of Simply Told theatre, and has created magic effects for a wide range of productions, from site-specific immersive theatre to pantomime. He recently designed a suggestion-based experimental performance for the 2012 ‘Ends of Audience’ conference at Queen Mary University of London.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jonarmstrong

Janet Baldwin


Janet Baldwin lectures at Curtin University in Western Australia. She is an ethnographer. Her most recent book is Mediums and Mystics: Contemporary and Medieval Female Spirituality (Lap Lambert 2011).

Gerhard Mayer

Gerhard A. Mayer is research fellow at the Department of Cultural Studies and Social Research, Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health in Freiburg, Germany. His research interests include media research concerning parapsychological issues, neo shamanism, magical practices and beliefs, the biographical integration of extraordinary experiences, and the methodology of parapsychological investigations. He is author of many articles and monographs on these topics, and co-editor of a book series and a scientific journal on Anomalistics, as well as the compendium Handbuch der Anomalistik (Schattauer 2014).

Personal Website: http://igpp.academia.edu/GerhardMayer

Sarah Sparkes

Sarah Sparkes is an artist and curator. She is an Affiliated Fellow at the IGRS, School of Advanced Study, University of London, where her research includes organising a series of seminars exploring the relevance of ghosts in contemporary culture and where she has also been compiling an archive of apocryphal ghost stories associated with Senate House, the Universities main building. As an artist she has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her essay on the GHost exhibition at Folkestone Triennial was published in ‘Vernacular Folk’ (Club Shepway, Kent 2011).

Personal Website: http://ghosthostings.co.uk

Gareth Edward Rees

Gareth E Rees is a freelance writer and a visiting research fellow at Plymouth University’s School of Architecture, Design and Environment. He is the author of The Marshman Chronicles (http://www.marshmanchronicles.com) a blog about the Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes, and contributes regularly to websites and podcasts related to East London, psychogeography and the Lower Lea Valley. He is currently completing a book about the marshes, The Marshman Chronicles: Dreams & Nightmares on the Edge of London, for Influx Press due for publication in 2013. His story ‘A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes’ appears in the anthology ‘Acquired for Development By’ (Influx Press 2012).

Personal Website: http://marshmanchronicles.com

Line Henriksen


Line Henriksen is a PhD candidate at Tema Genus, Linköping University. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and Gender Studies and an MA in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication from the University of Copenhagen. In her research she explores monstrous encounters within sub-genres of horror that engage with the aesthetics of the ‘real’ and ‘authentic’, such as creepypasta, web series, Alternate Reality Games and ‘point of view’ horror films.

Personal Website: http://tema.liu.se/tema-g/medarbetare/henriksen-line?l=sv