Andrew Fergus Wilson

Position: Senior Lecturer in 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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About

I'm a senior lecturer in Sociology with research interests in extreme forms of nationalism, marginalised beliefs, and conspiracy theory. I am also a partner to local organisations who are looking for balanced solutions to homelessness.

Teaching responsibilities

Level 4

  • Making Modern Britain
  • Media, Culture and Society

Level 5

  • Urban Sociology
  • Researching Society 3: Statistics in Social Research

Level 6

  • Apocalypse and Conspiracy: Understanding Marginal Beliefs
  • Hate, Ethnicity, and Crime
  • Digital Futures and the Global Networked Society

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 extremist groups
  • Text mining online communication (social media and static sites)

Recent publications

  • (2017 Forthcoming) ‘Postcards from the Cosmos: Cosmic Spaces in Alternative Religion and Conspiracy Theories’ The Journal of Astrosociology Volume 2 [final print version in preparation]
  • (2017 Forthcoming) ‘The Bitter End: Apocalypse and conspiracy in white nationalist responses to the ISIL Paris Attacks’ Patterns of Prejudice [Final edited version being completed]
  • (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

  • 'The thematic preoccupations governing meaning construction on a White Nationalist web forum' delivered to the International Sociological Association Global Forum, Vienna, 10-14 July 2016
  • '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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