Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Christopher Laursen, Instructor

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Office: Morton 211


  • Ph.D., History, University of British Columbia
  • M.A., History, University of Guelph
  • B.A., History, Carleton University
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Heterodox Religions
    • Religion and Science
    • Religion and Nature
  • 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).
    • “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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • “Explicable Orbs, Spirit Wonders,” Paranormal Activity (Dis)Ambiguation, curated and edited by Sylvana d’Angelo (Vancouver: Project Space Press, 2015).
    • “Preserving Parapsychology,” Fortean Times 319 (October 2014), 56-57.
    • With Paul Cropper, “The Baldoon Mystery,” Fortean Times 215 (June 2014), 30-39.
    • “Turning to the Affective in Direct Experiences: An Interdisciplinary, Investigative Quest,” Paranthropology 4, no. 1(a) (January 2013), 41-50.
  • Courses Taught
    • PAR 103 Introduction to Religion