The Book of Demons is a compilation of short stories by a group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from the UK, the USA and Canada, including Barrie’s own J. McDonald.
Together, they have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of demonology, and what it is to be part of marginalized groups in today’s world.
“Why is it that, in recent years, there has been a dramatic surge in the number of exorcisms being performed by the Catholic Church throughout the world, including in the U.S.? Could it be that there are actually demons among us?”
Dr. Adam Dalton-West provides us with answers in a gripping introduction.
Learn how the practice of exorcism is only increasing in the U.S. and UK today, find out the truth behind Queen Elizabeth the First’s notorious court magician John Dee, consider the arcane rituals of the occultist Aleister Crowley, discover what inspired King James the First to author his treatise Daemonologie and shake your head as you learn about the horrific witch-hunts which were conducted in the King’s name.
With contributions from Gollancz author A.J. Dalton, prize-winner Nadine West, established writers Elyn Joy, Michael Conroy, Isabella Hunter, Gabriel Wisdom and introducing J. McDonald and others, this collection explores the history of demonology, as well as contemporary examples of demonic possession, examines how particular groups in society are persecuted, and shows how society and relationships might still be magically transformed.
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On 23rd of June 2021, we gathered online to celebrate the research carried out by Middlesex University researchers. 2021 marked the 10th year of the Research Students’ Summer Conference, with 120 presenters from research students and early career researchers from Middlesex overseas campuses, our Partner Institutions and our London campus.
More than 300 attendees and presenters registered for RSSC2021, from 29 countries. 32 prizes were presented by Dr Onatade to the best presentations and posters and the details of winners can be found here.
One of the prize winners for outstanding oral presentation was first year MPhil/PhD in English student Thanh Nguyen for her presentation on the ‘Effects of Metacognitive Reading Strategy Instruction on L2 Reading Comprehension and Motivation: A Meta-Analysis and An Empirical Investigation’. Congratulations also to second year MPhil/PhD in English student Thitinart Khamyod for her presentation: ‘From Verbal to Online Interactions: Requests in One-to-one Facebook Chats in Thai Educational Settings’ and to finalist PhD student Ramona Pistol for her presentation ‘Aesthetic experience in metaphorical comprehension’. Congratulations to all presenters and winners!
25 poster presentations and approximately 90 oral presentations were delivered, across three time slots of 8 parallel sessions each. It was a remarkable demonstration of the diversity of disciplines and the multidisciplinarity or research projects carried out in MDX Research Community: sports science, psychology and psychotherapy, English, performing arts, natural sciences, computer science, business and management, law and criminology, covid-19 related studies, organisational theology and theological studies, design, engineering and mathematics and so much more that can be viewed in the RSSC2021 Programme and Book of Abstracts.
Our Vice-Chancellor Prof Nic Beech delivered the opening keynote speech, setting out the position of research in the University’s strategy and in the years ahead. MDX professional doctorate alumna Dr Raliat Onatade, Group Chief Pharmacist and Clinical Director for Medicines Optimisation at NHS Barts trust – who played a central role in setting up pharmacy services at the NHS Nightingale – gave the closing address. Raliat was introduced by Prof Hemda Garelick and another engaging conversation followed her inspiring and thought-provoking speech. She talked about her journey as a researcher: making the transition from being a medical professional to a doctoral student, her approach to translating academic research into effective practice, and giving advice to early career researchers from her experience.