Jack Hunter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester. 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' (www.paranthropology.co.uk). He is the author of 'Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic' (2012), editor of 'Paranthropology: Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal' (2012) and 'Strange Dimensions: A Paranthropology Anthology' (2015), and co-editor with Dr. David Luke of 'Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds' (2014).
He has contributed chapters to the following publications:
'Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies' - Edited by Matt Cardin (2015) ['Ectoplasm,' 'Mediumship' and 'Discarnate Entities']
'Paracoustics: Sound and the Paranormal' - Edited by Steven T. Parsons & Callum C. Cooper (2015) ['Music and Altered States of Consciousness in Shamanism and Spirit Possession: An Overview of the Literature']
'Out of the Shadows: A Cornucopia from the Psychedelic Press' - Edited by Robert Dickins & Tim Read (2015) ['On the Nature of the Psilocybe Folk: Psychedelic, Psychoid Persons']
'Neurotransmissions: Psychedelic Essays from Breaking Convention' - Edited by Dave King, David Luke, Ben Sessa, Cameron Adams & Aimee Tollan (2015) ['Beyond Castaneda: A Brief History of Psychedelics in Anthropology']
'Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence' - Edited by Angela Voss & William Rowlandson (2013) ['Numinous Conversations: Performance and Manifestation of Spirits in Spirit Possession Practices']
'Darklore Vol. 6' - Edited by Greg Taylor (2011) ['The Anthropology of the Weird: Ethnographic Fieldwork and Anomalous Experience']