The supernatural continues to be a feature of our modern world.
The conference took place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August 2018.
The media reports ghostly encounters, supernatural TV and films continue to be popular genres, and professionalised groups and organisations offer commercial experiences of the otherworldly. It seems that regardless of scientific progress and rationale thought, the allure of the extraordinary still prevails.
The Supernatural in Contemporary Society Conference (SCSC) aimed to explore the continuing role of the supernatural. SCSC intends to provide an interdisciplinary forum to discuss current and emerging research, and examine these in relation to the impact and value this has on culture, heritage and tourism. In addition, industry professionals were invited to discuss current and emerging issues.
SCSC invited contributions from across disciplines that explore issues in relation to the following themes:
- The supernatural in tourism, travel and events: addressing forms of the supernatural in tourism, travel and events, and its impact on heritage, place and community.
- The supernatural in media, journalism and popular culture: investigating the role of the media and journalism in reporting and engaging with supernatural encounters and belief
- The supernatural as profession and subculture: exploring the prevalence of contemporary and professionalised groups, individuals and organisations dedicated to researching and experiencing the supernatural.
We also invite papers addressing broader issues of the Supernatural in contemporary society, and those papers that address methodological approaches to studying these issues.
On the first night of the conference delegates were invited to attend an industry panel session at Crathes Castle to discuss the future of supernatural tourism and heritage organisations. This was followed by an evening meal and entertainment.
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