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October, 2017
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October 2nd, 2017 - Austin, Texas. . .


This weekend I gave a presentation to the monthly Anomaly Archives public meeting group (The Third Door) about my 2016 "Mystery Hum Experience" that I first publicly talked about with Mack White on our PsiOp-Radio show in April. I'll have a video of this lecture to upload soon.


 - BOOK OF THE WEEK

In the 1990s, while I was publishing my ELFIS zine and participating in multiple monthly local MUFON and Abductee / Experiencer support group meetings, I met a young woman doing primary research for her anthropological ethnographic dissertation. Many wonderful heady conversations were had and I was proud to have had the chance to interact with her. 

Well, this past year her dissertation was finally published as an actual physical book which I highly recommend to true seekers within the UFO community. 

Lo and behold... she has been awarded a great honor for this publication:
 

     "The Gregory Bateson Book Prize is awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Named after distinguished anthropologist, semiotician, cyberneticist, and photographer Gregory Bateson, the award reflects the SCA’s mandate to promote theoretically rich, ethnographically grounded research that engages the most current thinking across the arts and sciences. Welcoming a wide range of styles and argument, the Gregory Bateson Prize looks to single out work that is interdisciplinary, experimental, and innovative. In selecting the winners for this year’s prize, the jury, which consisted of Karen Strassler (Queens College, City University of New York; 2017 Bateson Prize Chair), Amira Mittermaier (University of Toronto), Lucas Bessire (University of Oklahoma), and Paul Eiss (Carnegie Mellon University), considered over one hundred books from more than thirty presses."


Check out her book below...


 - VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

I've recently digitized and uploaded 3 different promotional videos for the ill-fated 2001 38th annual National UFO Conference that unfortunately didn't occur. We hope you enjoy this flashback to those heady pre-911 days.


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Book of the Week...

The Resonance of Unseen Things:
Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny

by Susan Lepselter


Susan Lepselter Awarded the 2017 Bateson Prize

by Karen Strassler

The Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) is proud to award the ninth annual Gregory Bateson Prize to Susan Lepselter for her book The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny (University of Michigan Press). In this exquisitely crafted ethnography, Susan Lepselter explores how the uncanny saturates the everyday among believers in UFOs in the American West. Rather than objects of elite disdain or sideshow curiosities, Lepselter’s interlocutors emerge as poets and theorists whose reflections on odd coincidences and eerie happenings offer a “strange mirror” on the experiences of late empire and late capitalism. Lepselter’s subjects rely on elaborate conspiracy theories and casual hunches to inhabit a landscape haunted by violent colonial conquest and the presence of a vast, “secret” military base. Deeply invested in an American mythology of freedom, they palpate the edges of the felt, the seen, and the known as they go about their daily lives convinced of the presence of pervasive but out-of-sight, alien powers—technology, the market, the state, the extraterrestrial.In writing that hews closely to the forms of her subjects’ language and thought, Lepselter evokes the affectively charged sediment of stories and memories whose persuasiveness rests not on logical coherence but on a set of potent resonances across seemingly disparate domains of experience and action. Enfolding her readers in a dense tissue of narrative fragments, she conjures a structure of feeling in which people experience a sense of confinement and a longing for release. Class, gender, race, and regional history indelibly inflect this structure of feeling. Yet in treating stories as mutating communal property that is continuously claimed and repurposed through creative acts of telling, Lepselter refuses to pin narratives reductively to singular subject positions or fixed social locations that would definitively author or explain them. Deeply informed by a wide range of thinkers from Jakobson to Freud and Foucault, Lepselter never merely applies theory but rather allows her ethnographic material to bend and rework it in unsettling ways. Both in form and in content, The Resonance of Unseen Things challenges ethnographic conventions, inviting us to examine our expectations of the genre and to explore modes of writing intimately attuned to the subjects we engage. Thanks to the support of libraries participating in the Knowledge Unlatched initiative, an open-access digital edition of the book is also freely available to read. Exemplifying ethnography’s potential to illuminate the political through immersion in the mundane and the apparently marginal, The Resonance of Unseen Things casts a startlingly penetrating light on our current moment.

     Source: Cultural Anthropology - CulAnth.org

The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny (University of Michigan Press)
Book Page at Anomaly Archives...

38th National UFO Conference
30-Second TV Spot

38th NUFOC 30 second TV spot
38th NUFOC 30 second TV spot
30 second TV spot advertising the 2001 National UFO Conference
the 38th annual event.
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38th National UFO Conference
Alamo Drafthouse Trailer #1

I believe this trailer did actually cycle at the Drafthouse before the event was cancelled.
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38th National UFO Conference
Alamo Drafthouse Trailer #2


I am not sure but think this trailer did actually show at least once at the Drafthouse before the event was cancelled.
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