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Accountability and the human experience: spirit, consciousness and being (or not being) in bodies…

In ‘The Man With Two Brains’ brain surgeon Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin) falls in love with a brain in a glass jar. Of course, what he’s actually fallen in love with is the spirit of the person once attached … Continue reading

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The Fool’s journey? Opening up academia to otherworldly travels…

‘Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do’. (Benjamin Franklin) Fools rush in… Getting the SpELS Project (Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent) off the ground wasn’t easy. Academia tends to shy away from what … Continue reading

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Pots, Principles and Rainbows: SpELS on the road in Longton…

@SpELS has been on the road in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, collecting information and materials for our forthcoming exhibition at Gladstone Pottery Museum… Longton has a rich history with the Spiritualist movement. Gordon Higginson, the longest serving President of the Spiritualists National … Continue reading

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Under the spell of Stoke-on-Trent? Potbanks, Spiritualism, and the hidden history of a city…

What (if anything) do you associate with the city of Stoke-on-Trent? Robbie Williams? Sir Stanley Matthews? ‘The Potters’ and their Britannia Stadium? Josiah Wedgewood, ceramics and the industrial decline of the potbanks? Perhaps it’s the delicious Staffordshire oatcake and the … Continue reading

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Making a place your own…

I’ve always done a lot of yoga. But I’ve never been a huge fan of the growing number of glossy yoga magazines which are hitting the shelves – because quite simply they make my yoga practice feel a bit inadequate! … Continue reading

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Unveiling the artist within…

This summer I held my first exhibition as an artist. Art is something which has always been bubbling away for me, ever since I had my first cartoon commissions for a Welsh learners’ magazine while I was studying for my … Continue reading

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Unveiling uncanny encounters…

Tomorrow I am presenting at the Encounters Conference at the Morgan Centre, University of Manchester. This conference seeks to open up interdisciplinary dialogue around the theme of ‘encounters’: Personal encounters, Sensory encounters, Intimate encounters, Material encounters, Imaginary encounters, Fleeting encounters, … Continue reading

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‘You Study What?!’: guest blog by Professor Charles F. Emmons

This is a special guest blog posting by Professor Charles Emmons of Gettysburg College, USA. Charles is a sociologist and has published widely from his research on the sociology of science and spirit, and appeared on numerous TV and radio … Continue reading

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A host of heavenly angels… in Nottingham?

Yesterday we did ‘research speed dating’ at work. It could have been history’s dullest and shortest lived affair, but actually it was fascinating. We each had 5 minutes, strictly timed, to talk about our research passions. What I am passionate … Continue reading

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Small Kindnesses

Today hundreds of people around the world are blogging about a small kindness they have received and what it meant to them. I am joining in this Small Kindnesses Blogsplash! I thought long and hard about what small kindness I … Continue reading

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