Fiona Bowie

Fiona Bowie studied Anthropology at the Universities of Durham and Oxford. She has taught in departments of Theology and Religious Studies and Anthropology in the Universities of Wales, Bristol, Linköping in Sweden and Virginia. She is a member of Wolfson College, Oxford and Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London. Research interests and publications have included gender, religion and spirituality (The Beguines, Hildegard of Bingen, Celtic Christian Spirituality), nationalism and identity (Discovering Welshness, ‘Wales from Within’ in Inside European Identities), the anthropology of religion (The Coming Deliverer; The Anthropology of Religion with Blackwell has become a widely translated standard text), adoption and kinship (Cross-Cultural Approaches to Adoption), African religions and culture, and the Cameroonian diaspora (A Social and Historical Study of Christian Missions among the Bangwa of South West Cameroon,  numerous chapters and articles). She is founder of the Afterlife Research Centre and is currently working on ethnographic approaches to the study of mediumship and the afterlife.

Contributions by Fiona Bowie

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Religious Studies and the Paranormal, Part 1

In October 2013, a four day international conference was held at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, on the theme of ‘Anthropology and the Paranormal’. This special two part episode explores some aspects of the sometimes fraught relationship between "paranormal" events and beliefs (The World Religions")...

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Religious Studies and the Paranormal, Part 2

In this second part we ask "the epistemic/ontological question": in studying these experiences, how far should we be concerned with the ontology? Would to do so be an abandonment of the scientific materialism which underpins the discipline, and therefore a slide back into theology? Or can there be a bigger model of materialism - a "complicated materialism", to use Ann Taves' expression - in which these phenomena might be suitably explicable?

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Studying "Non-Ordinary Realities": A Roundtable Discussion

Bettina Schmidt and David Wilson organised a series of panels at the 2014 BASR Conference in Milton Keynes on the topic of "Studying Non-Ordinary Realities", as part of the conference's "Cutting Edge" sub-theme. We managed to make time to get Bettina and David,...

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