Jack Hunter is a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. His research takes the form of an ethnographic study of contemporary trance and physical mediumship in Bristol, focusing on themes of personhood, performance, altered states of consciousness and anomalous experience. In 2010 he established Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal, as a means to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue on issues relating to paranormal beliefs, experiences and phenomena. In 2010 he was awarded the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship by the Parapsychology Foundation, and in 2011 he received the Gertrude Schmeidler Award from the Parapsychological Association and a research grant from the Society for Psychical Research. He is the author of 'Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic' (2012), an introduction to the anthropology of the supernatural.
Research interests include: the anthropology of religion, anthropology of consciousness, spirit possession, shamanism, religious experience, psychedelic experience, paranormal experience, parapsychology as it intersects with anthropology.
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