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Belief in an Age of Suspense: The Changing Emotional Landscape of the UFO and Alien Contact Phenomenon

May 4, 2017, 6:00pm BST - 8:30pm
Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London

Horse Hospital
Colonnade WC1N 1JD
United Kingdom

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Reports of flying saucers and encounters with aliens have been a part of popular culture since the end of World War II. Explanations for their rise and spread have ranged from extra-terrestrial reconnaissance to mass hysteria. Often overlooked, however, is the fact that stories about and responses to the UFO phenomenon have changed over time. How do we account for these changes? And what clues might they provide in helping to explain the enduring fascination with UFOs and alien contact?

Greg Eghigian is Associate Professor of Modern History at Penn State University (USA) and the NASA and American Historical Association Fellow in Aerospace History. He is presently writing a book on the global history of the UFO and alien contact phenomenon.

Doors open at 6pm, and the talk will start at 6.30.

This event is part of a series on mood, science fiction and the supernatural organised by Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions.

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May 4, 2017, 9:00am BST

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