For the 25th episode of Ghosthropology, Matt does something a bit different. Rather than focusing on a specific ghost story, this long episode is dedicated to an interview with Dr. Michele Hanks, an anthropologist who studies ghost tourism and paranormal investigators. Dr. Hanks provides some thought-provoking comments on the search for evidence, what belief in ghosts means, and how this all ties into larger cultural issues.
This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.
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Special Guest Dr. Michele Hanks
Dr. Michele Hanks is a cultural anthropologist, teacher, and writer. She has taught writing in the Expository Writing Program at New York University since 2015. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with English paranormal investigators and ghost tourists as well as more recent fieldwork with psychics in NYC. Her book, Haunted Heritage: The Cultural Politics of Ghost Tourism, Populism, and the Past, was published in 2015. Her writing also appears in American Anthropologist, Nova Religio, Ethnos, and Focaal.
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Pilgrimage (as discussed in social sciences)
Kings Cross Station and Harry Potter-related Travel
Ghost Hunters (Television Series)
Most Haunted (Television Series)
Theory (scientific definition)
Narendra Modi and Hindu Nationalism
Conspiracy theories in the Alt-Med/Wellness communities
Possession in an anthropological context
Speaking in Tongues/Glossolalia
John Sage and other Chillingham Castle Ghosts
The disenchantment of the World
Organized Skepticism/Skeptical Movement
Society for Psychical Research
Mike Duncan (podcaster/writer)
Detectorists (television show)
Castle Keep, Newcastle
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