Projects

Christopher regularly writes chapters and articles, as well as book reviews.  You can read about his current book-length project Mischievous Forces here.

Chapters, Articles, and Indie Publications

“Plurality through Imagination: The Emergence of Online Tulpa Communities in the Making of New Identities,” Believing in Bits: Digital Technology and the Supernatural, edited by D.W. Pasulka and Simone Natale (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).

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With Sylvana d’Angelo, Paranormal Activity (trans)formation (Vancouver: Zine Club, 2018). This ‘zine project, the second collaboration between Christopher Laursen and Vancouver-based artist and ‘zine publisher Sylvana d’Angelo, features various paranormal experiencers recalling a specific moment in an experience they had in a sentence or two, followed by an annotation on how it transformed how they see the world. It is being shown at the Vancouver Art Book Fair, Prague Zine Fest, the Los Angeles Book Fair, and Miss Read in Berlin.

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“The Poltergeist at the Intersection of the Spirit and the Material: Some Contemporary and Historical Observations,” Super Religion, edited by Jeffrey J. Kripal (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Macmillan Reference, 2016), 311-326.

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With Eden S. French, “The Transmediumizers,” Damned Facts: Fortean Essays on Religion, Folklore, and the Paranormal, edited by Jack Hunter (Paphos: Cyprus: Aporetic Press, 2016), 97-112.

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Encyclopedic entries on “Poltergeist,” “Psychokinesis,” “Animals and the Paranormal,” and “The Paranormal on Television” in Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, edited by Matt Cardin (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2015).

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“Explicable Orbs, Spirit Wonders,” Paranormal Activity (Dis)Ambiguation, curated and edited by Sylvana d’Angelo (Vancouver: Project Space Press, 2015).

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“Preserving Parapsychology,” Fortean Times 319 (October 2014), 56-57.

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With Paul Cropper, “The Baldoon Mystery,” Fortean Times 215 (June 2014), 30-39.

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“Turning to the Affective in Direct Experiences: An Interdisciplinary, Investigative Quest,” Paranthropology 4, no. 1(a) (January 2013), 41-50.

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“BSHS-Sponsored Conferences: Science and Technology in the European Periphery,” Viewpoint: The Newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science 93 (October 2010).

Reviews

  • Review of Kelly Bulkeley’s Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion, The American Academy of Religion’s Reading Religion (30 November 2016), Online.
  • Review of Jeffrey J. Kripal et al’s Comparing ReligionsFortean Times 321 (December 2014), 61-62.
  • Review of Robert E. Bartholomew and Bob Rickard’s Mass Hysteria in SchoolsFortean Times 320 (November 2014), 58-59.
  • Review of Christopher C. French and Anna Stone’s Anomalistic Parapsychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and ExperienceJournal of the Society for Psychical Research 78.4, no. 917 (October 2014), 249-251.
  • Review of Shirley Hitchings and James Clark’s The Poltergeist Prince of London, Fortean Times 213 (March 2014), 60.
  • Retrospective Review of William Roll’s The Poltergeist, Journal of Scientific Exploration 27, no. 3 (Fall 2013), 575–577.
  • Review of Deonna Kelli Sayed’s Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination with Ghosts and Hauntings, Spooks and SpiritsJournal of the Society for Psychical Research 76.4, no. 909 (October 2012), 10-12.
  • Review of Jeffrey J. Kripal’s Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and The SacredJournal of the Society for Psychical Research 75.1, no. 902 (January 2011), 44-47.