Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Position: Senior Lecturer in Sociology; Subject Leader JHS Sociology

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Subject area: Social Science

Research Centre: Centre for Society, Religion and Belief

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  • Subject Leader for Joint Honours Sociology
  • Module Leader of Media, Culture and Society; Crime and Society; Crime and the Media; Cultures of Consumption; The Sociology of Evil; After Modernity: Apocalypse, Magic and Conspiracy

After Modernity. Apocalypse, Magic and Conspiracy

Teaching responsibilities

Level 4

  • Crime and Society
  • Media, Culture and Society

Level 5

  • Cultures of Consumption: Identity in a Consumer Society
  • Crime and the Media

Level 6

  • After Modernity: Apocalypse, Magic and Conspiracy
  • The Sociology of Evil

Research interests

  • Sociology of marginal beliefs and practices
  • Conspiracy theory and neo-fascism
  • Religious dimensions of political extremism
  • Millenarianism and utopianism
  • Apocalyptic belief in society and culture
  • The use of online resources by stigmatized religious and political groups

Recent publications

  • (2013) 'From Mushrooms to the stars: 2012 and the apocalyptic milieu' in S.Harvey & S.Newcombe (eds.) Prophecy in the New Millennium - When Prophecies Persist. Farnham: Ashgate
  • (2013) 'See you tomorrow: Apocalyptic Refusal in English Culture' in J.Aston & J.Walliss (eds.) Small Screen Revelations: Apocalypse in Contemporary Television. Sheffield: Phoenix
  • (2012) 'The Invisible Empire: Political extremity and myths of origin in the networked cultic milieu' in Marion Gibson, Garry Tregidga and Shelley Trower (eds.) Myth, Mysticism, and 'Celtic' Nationalism. London: Routledge
  • (2011) 'On the outskirts of the new global village: computer-mediated visions of the end.' In Rob G. Howard (ed.) Network Apocalypse: Visions of the End in an Age of Internet MediaSheffield: Phoenix Press
  • (2011) 'Beyond reason: The exotic millennium in English culture' Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Vol. 23(2). Summer 2011

Recent conferences

  • 'Measuring fear and hate: Developing a scale to quantify components of spiritual nationalism' delivered to Exploring the Extraordinary, York, 4-6 December 2015
  • 'The Bitter End: Apocalyptic imagery in belligerent nationalist groups' conspiracist responses to globalised cultures' (invited paper) delivered to The Ethics and Politics of Apocalyptic Imaginaries workshop at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, 27th November 2015
  • 'Space is the Place: Outer Space and Extraterrestrial Spiritualities' delivered to Cosmographies Conference, Falmouth University, 24-25 July 2014 
  • Co-organiser of 'Nationalism, Identity and Belief'. One day symposium at the University of Derby. 25th March 2013
  • 'The Invisible Empire: Political extremity and myths of origin in the cultic milieu' delivered at Mysticism, Myth, Nationalism Conference, University of Exeter, 23 & 24 July 2010.

In the media

BBC World Service, BBC Radio 2, Derby Evening Telegraph, BBC Radio Derby, NewsTalk Radio (Ireland), Straits Times (Singapore)

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