Founded in 1882, The SPR was the first society to conduct organised scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models.

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4 Dec 2014 - 6:35pm

In anticipation of the publication of an e-version of her classic 1982 book, "Beyond the Body", Prof. Blackmore will give an update on the development of research into Out-of-Body Experiences in the intervening years.

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Latest news

The Parapsychological Association's 2015 Convention to be held in London

The 58th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association will be held at the University of Greenwich, 16-19 July. read more >>

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Interview with Robert McLuhan by Michael Tymn

An interview conducted by Michael Tymn with Robert McLuhan, SPR Council Member and Commissioning Editor for the books and digital publications on psychical research that the SPR is currently developing, is on the White Crow Books website. read more >>

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Psychic News article on SPR lecture

The November 2014 issue of the magazine Psychic News carries an article about the Felix Experimental Group and Professor Stephen Braude's recent lecture to the SPR on the subject. read more >>

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Recent Publications

Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds, by by Jack Hunter and David Luke (eds.)

From the publisher’s website: Talking With the Spirits is a cross-cultural survey of contemporary spirit mediumship. The diverse contributions to this volume cover a wide-range of ethnographic contexts, from Spiritualist séances in the United Kingdom to self-mortification rituals in Singapore and Taiwan, from psychedelic spirit incorporation in the Amazonian rainforest, to psychic readings in online social spaces, and more. By taking a broad perspective the book highlights both the variety of culturally specific manifestations of spirit communication, and key cross-cultural features suggestive of underlying core processes and experiences. Rather than attempting to reduce or dismiss such experiences, the authors featured in this collection take the experiences of their informants seriously and explore their effects at personal, social and cultural levels.

Chapter and author listing:

Believing Impossible Things: Scepticism and Ethnographic Enquiry • Fiona Bowie

An Agnostic Social Scientific Perspective on Spirit Medium Experience in Great Britain • Hannah Gilbert

Spirits in the City: Examples from Montreal • Deirdre Meintel

Mediumship and Folk Models of Mind and Matter • Jack Hunter

Cyber Psychics: Psychic Readings in Online Social Spaces • Tamlyn Ryan

Spirit Possession in East Africa • Barbara Stöckigt

Developing the Dead in Cuba: An Ethnographic Account of the Emergence of Spirits and Selves in Havana • Diana Espirito Santo

Talking with the Spirits. Daily Grail Publishing, March 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0987422446