C.A.S.P.E.R. - The Second Forensic Ghost Excavation Congress – Convention (GEII)

Organization: C.A.S.P.E.R. Research Center

Venue: C.A.S.P.E.R. Research Center

Location: Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 18, 2013 / 7:00 pm - (EST) End Date/Time: Oct 20, 2013 / 5:00 pm - (EST)
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 17, 2013
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Join hosts John Sabol and Mary Becker for this unique conference that combines archaeology, anthropology, history, theatre, and/or multi-species and how it is applied during a ghost investigation (excavation). 

Location: C.A.S.P.E.R. Research Center, Bedford, Pennsylvania

Date:          October 18, 19, 20 (Friday – Sunday)

Time:         7 p.m. on Friday ending Sunday at 5 p.m. (tentative)

 Friday evening will begin with a get together with the speakers and attendees.

Saturday and Sunday lectures will include speakers from the “Call for Papers” entry winners to be published after September 1. See details under “Call for Papers”).

Saturday night – Ghost Excavation at a haunted site to be announced - either near or in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Schedule to be posted after September 1st!!

  • During the conference, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted without parental supervision.
  • During the ghost excavation(s), no one under the age of 18 will be admitted.
  • No tickets will be sold at the door.  Payment will be made via PayPal, non-refundable.  The receipt from PayPal will be the entry ticket into the conference.  A schedule and badge will be waiting with participant’s name.

Included with your ticket purchase:

* Saturday/Sunday – All day – Rotating schedule of speakers – “Ask the Investigator” (question and answer area set up for ½ hour where an attendee can ask questions)

* Friday/Saturday/Sunday – Door prizes!

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Additional Information


“The Second Forensic Ghost Excavation Congress – Convention”

C.A.S.P.E.R. (Center for the Archaeological Studies of Presence through Ethnographic Research) cordially invites all serious ghost investigators to submit an abstract/proposal for speaking at this Congress -Convention. This event will be hosted by John Sabol, Director & Lead Archaeologist, C.A.S.P.E.R., and Mary Becker, Co-Director & Organizer, C.A.S.P.E.R.     

Location:        C.A.S.P.E.R. Research Center, Bedford, Pennsylvania

Date:              October 18, 19, 20 (Friday – Sunday)

Time:              7 p.m. on Friday ending Sunday at 5 p.m. (tentative)

Objective of the Convention:  A multi-layered/multi-sensory approach to haunting phenomena at historical locations.  This trans-disciplinary approach integrates:

  • Archaeology - investigate by layers of occupation and socio-cultural uncertainty;
  • Anthropology – an ethnographic radical-participatory, rather than physical, science focus;
  • Theatre – role, identity, scenery, script, and audience as essential elements of fieldwork;
  • History – local and regional; and
  • Multi-Species – ecologically-oriented landscape presence that includes the presence of flora, fauna, human, and “spirit” presence.

The uniqueness and documentary evidence of the research proposal will be used as the sole basis for acceptance of a paper for presentation. Thus, the proposal should clearly communicate the significant results that have been obtained during an investigation. Also, the importance of this fieldwork to ghost research should be clearly demonstrated. Accepted summaries will be reproduced exactly as submitted. Therefore, submitted proposals should read like a short paper and be suitable for publication. Time and effort spent constructing a clear, concise, and well-written abstract will maximize the chances of paper acceptance. The maximum length of the abstract should be no longer than 300 words in length.

Deadline for submission:  Saturday, August 17, 2013.  Those accepted will be notified by the end of August 2013. There is a limited amount of presentations that will be chosen for this convention, as this is a multi-faceted congress with various venues of research to be presented. Opportunities, other than presenting a paper, will be offered to serious investigators.    

Send your abstract submission to GhostExcavationConference@yahoo.com to the attention of either John Sabol or Mary Becker.  Subject line should contain the words “Proposal Submission – GE Conf 2013”.

Abstracts should clearly state:

*The objective of the work;

*Include history, folk lore, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and multi-species elements; and,

*The results and accomplishments of the fieldwork and their significance to ghost research.

Abstract Format Guidelines:

The format for conference abstracts consists of one page of text and one page of figures/photos (if applicable). Pages should have margins of 1 in or 2.5 cm on all edges and font size not less than 10 pt. The abstract must be converted to Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format for electronic submission.  Abstracts should contain 300 words or less.

The text page should include the authors’ names, address, affiliation, telephone number, and email address.

Figures should be clearly labeled and captioned so that they can be understood independent of the text page. All text embedded in the figures must be greater than 8 pt font size. Any references to prior work should be included as a footnote at the end of the text page.

Accepted submissions for presentation at the Congress will be published in a book and available for purchase.  The speaker must attend and present his/her research to be included in the book.

Other Specifics:

It is also expected for lecturers/presenters to appear on a panel (introduction of lecturers/question & answer session) and also be available for ½ hour on both Saturday/Sunday to participate in a rotating schedule of speakers – “Ask the Investigator” (question and answer area set up where an attendee can ask questions).  An option will also be offered for lecturers to present a workshop if so desired; although there may be limitations of space).  It would also be appreciated if lecturers could donate towards prizes to be awarded (ex., books from authors; tickets to a ghost excavations/investigations or museums; posters, etc.).  This, however, is NOT a requirement for a research proposal to be accepted.

Included for Lecturers/Presenters:

*Free coffee/tea/water/snacks during the conference in Green Room for all speakers – throughout conference;

*Free meals (Friday = 1 dinner; Saturday = 1 lunch);

*Free vendor tables for lecturers selling books and displaying their research;

*Participation in the ghost excavation to be determined;

*Participation in other planned activities (to be announced).   

We are also planning to do a dinner on Friday evening with additional activities to be announced.  Full details of prices of tickets, etc., will be announced shortly. The schedule of presenters will be posted after September 1, 2013.