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Proposed UK Abduction Symposium

From: Andy Roberts <Brigantia@compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 17:49:30 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 18:55:21 -0400
Subject: Proposed UK Abduction Symposium

An Open Letter To UK Abduction Researchers

Note: This has been circulated around some researchers in the
UK. The invitation extends to researchers worldwide, but the
focus is on UK cases. Please feel free to re-post this to
anyone/group/ list you choose. Response has been excellent so
far and the event _will_ be taking place.

In 1992 a conference  was held in the USA at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. It dealt solely with the subject of UFO
Abductions. This was a breakthrough in the treatment of
so-called 'Abduction claims'. It gave a chance for researchers
and  investigators into the abduction phenomenon to gather
together and hear evidence, discuss among themselves.

Whatever you think about the nature of the material presented at
the M.I.T. conference the *idea* and the *intent* was excellent.

The UK has *never* had anything like this type of event.
Although there are numerous individuals involved in abduction
research few people know what the others are doing at any one
time. Open discussion, the exchange of views, evidence and ideas
are, despite protestations to the contrary, all but unknown
among abduction researchers.

To this end a group of ufologists in the UK are suggesting that
we have an M.I.T. style Abduction symposium in the British
Isles, to dwell specifically on the Abduction experience as it
manifests itself here.

This event would be a unique chance for disparate researchers
working in the same field of interest to take a 'snapshot' of
the phenomenon at the end of the 20th century. It would, in
fact, be ufological history in the making and a spring board for
us to take our research into the 21st century.

At the moment we have no firm venue, plans or criteria for the
event but we envisage the event would be:

* A chance for Abduction researchers to present one or more
10-15 minute papers on any aspect of Abduction research

* A chance for Abduction percipients to put forward their
experiences and theories

* A chance for facilitated and moderated discussion between researchers,
   Professionals and percipients

* A chance to see and discuss the latest hard evidence, video
evidence etc concerning the abduction phenomenon * A chance to
meet and socialise with other abduction researchers

This event would be open to any UFO researcher or investigator
based in the UK who has some interest or involvement with
Abduction research. We do not plan to exclude *anyone* because
of their specific belief system about the phenomenon. We would
also invite individuals who have had an abduction experience and
professionals from the relevant areas of expertise such as
hypnosis, false memory, folklore etc.

This event will not be open to the general public. Media
involvement will be by specific invite. The proceedings will be
published in some form.

Events such as these cost money and yes, it will actually *cost*
to attend, although the cost *may* be offset by any sponsorship
etc we can conjure up. However we think it will be worth the
cost to be able to spend two or three days focusing on one
specific area of ufology, away from the pressures of having to
entertain or to make money.

What we would like from you now are answers to the following

*   Would you be interested in attending

*   Would you like to present a paper (no need to be more
specific at this time)

*   Can you suggest anyone who we should approach (if so send
email/snail address)

*   Have you any suggestions as to the content of the event

*   Would you be interested in attending a meeting to discuss
the event

*   Do you have a preference for any specific time of year in

*   Any comments welcome

Please reply - even if it is to say you are not interested

If enough people express interest in this event then we will
press onto step two, which is to have a preliminary meeting of
people interested in actually organising and running the event,
and to discuss suggestions forwarded to us.

Following that we will notify all interested parties of the
format of the event for consultation. At the same time we will
be looking for a suitable venue.

This event is not being run by any one organisation. It is being
organised _by_ ufologists _for_ ufologists.

Leave your politics at the door!

Happy Trails

Andy Roberts

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