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About Dr. Jack Hunter

I am an anthropologist exploring the borderlands of consciousness, religion, ecology and the paranormal. I live in the hills of Mid-Wales with my family. My doctoral research with the University of Bristol examined the experiences of spirit mediums and their influence on the development of self-concepts and models of consciousness, and is an effort towards a non-reductive anthropology of the paranormal. I am the author and editor of several books on the intersections of anthropology and the paranormal, including: Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic (2012) and Engaging the Anomalous (2018). I am also the editor of Paranthropology: Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal (2012), Strange Dimensions (2015), Damned Facts (2016), and co-editor with Dr. David Luke of Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds (2014).

I am currently outside of the University system and have no formal funding for my research activities. In spite of this, however, I would very much like to continue pursuing my research, and any support that I might be able to raise from patrons would go a long way towards helping me to carry on working on my various academic projects.

Here are a few things that I am currently working on:

* An exploratory study into the connections between Permaculture (a form of practical engagement with ecology) and extraordinary experience. This is a combination of fieldwork with Permaculture practitioners and library based research to result in research publications.

* A study of the folklore of the Tanat Valley in Mid-Wales and connections with animism and re-animating the landscape. Perhaps for a small book. This is primarily library based research.

* A study of the disconnect between agricultural land-use at Pennant Melangell in Mid-Wales, and the valley's legendary designation as a sanctuary for wildlife following St. Melangell's encounter with a Hare. This will include fieldwork at Pennant Melangell, including interviews with the shrine guardian and farmers.

* An edited book on the intersections of anomalistics and ecology, to be published by August Night Books early in 2019.

* Transforming my doctoral thesis into a monograph for publication - 'A Study of Spirit Mediumship in the UK: Towards a Non-Reductive Anthropology of the Paranormal.'

* Editing and publishing the next issue of Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal.

* Continuing to edit and publish books under my Psychoid Books imprint. Forthcoming projects include a second edition of Charles & Penelope Emmons' 'Guided by Spirit.' An important text on the phenomenology of spirit mediumship.

* I am also hoping to begin a series of podcasts interviewing researchers at the borderlands of anthropology, religious studies, anomalistics and ecology (both spiritual ecology and scientific ecology).

If you would like to see any of these projects come to fruit, please don't hesitate to pledge some money. Patrons will, of course, be credited in any published works.

Also, if there is anything here that is particularly of interest that you would like to talk to me about further, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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