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Associate Professor David Clarke PhD

Associate Professor


Summary

Dr David Clarke is one of the UK's leading authorities on contemporary legend and folklore. He is a co-founder of the Contemporary Legend research group at SHU and combines his interests in folklore with his teaching and research in journalism and media law. He is an experienced broadcaster and has acted as a consultant for The National Archives and the BBC.

About

Dr David Clarke is one of the UK's leading authorities on contemporary legend and folklore. He is a co-founder of the Centre for Contemporary Legend at SHU and is executive council member of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR). David teaches media law and court reporting on the UG and PG multi-media journalism, sports journalism and PR courses and has 30 years experience as a journalist in print and online, via his blog www.davidclarke.co.uk. He is an experienced broadcaster and has acted as a consultant for The National Archives and the BBC. His main interests include legend and rumours, supernatural folklore, investigative journalism and archival research. He is currently supervising three PhD students and is a member of the Centre for Culture Media and Society steering group.

Specialist areas of interest

Media Law and Regulation
Investigative Journalism
Contemporary Legend and Folklore

Teaching

Department of Media Arts and Communication

Social Sciences and Arts

Subject area

Journalism and PR

Courses

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, MA Multimedia journalism/Sports Journalism/International Journalism & PR

Modules

Investigative Journalism (UG level 5); Covering the Courts (UG level 6); Media Law and Regulation (PG level 7).

Research

Using social media to enhance collaborative learning for media law students (with Julie Gillin)
WW1 Rumours and Legends
Centre for Contemporary Legend Research
The National Archives UFO Project (curator)

Featured Projects

Link 1. https://contemporarylegend.co.uk/

Relevant Projects

Co-founder, Centre for Contemporary Legend

Collaborators and Sponsors

- International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR)
- The Folklore Society

Publications

Journal articles

Clarke, D. (2020). Marks of the Witch: Britain's ritual protection symbols. Fortean Times, (392), 36-43.

Clarke, D., & Clark, T. (2020). Fortean Traveller: Going 'out there' in SoCal. Fortean Times, (388), 74-77.

Clark, T., & Clarke, D. (2020). FORTEAN TRAVELLER: Going ‘out-there’ in SoCal. Fortean Times, 388.

Clarke, D. (2019). The Centre for Contemporary Legend (CCL): Inaugural symposium/conference report. FLS News - The newsletter of the Folklore Society, (87), 7-10. https://folklore-society.com/blog-post/fls-news-the-newsletter-of-the-folklore-society-call-for-contributions/

Clarke, D. (2018). Churchill's secret war. Fortean Times, 372.

Clarke, D. (2014). The Bowmen of Mons and Mars. Fortean Times, (319), 54-55. http://subscribe.forteantimes.com/blog/bowmen-of-mons-and-mars/

Clarke, D. (2013). Scared to death: fatal encounters with ghosts. Contemporary Legend, 3 (3), 1-22. http://contemporarylegend.org/journal/

Clarke, D. (2013). Scared to death: fatal encounters with ghosts. Contemporary legend, 3 (2). http://contemporarylegend.org/journal/

Baure, J.-.F., Clarke, D., Fuller, P., & Shough, M. (2008). Unusual atmospheric phenomena observed near Channel Islands, UK, 23 April 2007. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22 (3), 291-308. http://journalofscientificexploration.org/

Clarke, D. (2006). Unmasking Spring-heeled Jack: a case study of a 19th century ghost panic. Contemporary Legend (New Series), 9, 28-53. http://www.contemporarylegend.org/

Clarke, D. (n.d.). Churchill's Secret War. Fortean Times.

Conference papers

Clarke, D. (2008). The National Archives Research Guide (UFOs). In The National Archives lecture series. National archives: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/ufo-research-guide-2013.pdf

Book chapters

Clarke, D. (2021). The Last Earl of Hallamshire: Legend, landscape and identity in South Yorkshire. In Folklore, Nation and Fascination in Britain and Ireland. Routledge

Clarke, D. (2019). The Mothman of West Virginia: A case study in Legendary Storytelling. In Contemporary Legend Casebook 2: North American Monsters. Utah University Press

Clarke, D. (2016). Extraordinary experiences with UFOs. In The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures. (pp. 79-93).

Clarke, D. (2016). A new demonology : John Keel and The Mothman Prophecies. In Hunter, J. (Ed.) Damned Facts : Fortean Essays on Religion, Folklore and the Paranormal. (pp. 54-68). Cyprus: Aporetic Press: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Damned-Facts-Religion-Folklore-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B01BRL7UUS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456314486&sr=8-1&keywords=damned+facts

Clarke, D. (2014). Extraordinary experiences with UFOs. In The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures. (pp. 79-94).

Clarke, D. (2013). Extraordinary experiences with UFOs. In The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures. (pp. 79-93).

Clarke, D. (2013). Extraordinary encounters with UFOs. In Jenzen, O., & Munt, S.R. (Eds.) The Ashgate research companion to paranormal cultures. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate

Clarke, D. (2011). It came from a friend of a friend : media-spread urban legends. In Batholomew, R.E., & Radford, B. (Eds.) The Martians have landed! : a history of media-driven panics and hoaxes. (pp. 130-155). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & co Inc

Books

Wingate, J., & Humberstone, N. (Eds.). (2021). Reclaiming Robin Hood: Folklore and South Yorkshire's infamous outlaw (first). Sensoria Festival.

Clarke, D. (2017). UFO drawings from The National Archives. London: Four Corners books. https://www.fourcornersbooks.co.uk/books/ufo-drawings/

Clarke, D. (2015). How UFOs conquered the World: the history of a modern myth. London: Aurum Press.

Clarke, D. (2014). Britain's x-traordinary files. London: Bloomsbury.

Clarke, D. (2013). Scared to death: and other ghost stories from Victorian Sheffield. Sheffield: ACM Retro.

Clarke, D. (2012). The UFO files: the inside story of real-life sightings. London: Bloomsbury. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/761.htm

Clarke, D. (2009). The UFO files: the inside story of real-life sightings. Kew: National Archives.

Baure, J.-.F., Clarke, D., Fuller, P., & Shough, M. (2008). Report on aerial phenomena observed near the Channel Islands,UK, April 23 2007 Report on aerial phenomena observed near the Channel Islands, UK, April 23 2007. www.uk-ufo.org/. http://www.guernsey.uk-ufo.org/

Theses / Dissertations

Subryan, M. (2021). Existential crisis? UK journalists make sense of theirprofessional practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Clarke, D., Doherty, K., & Canter, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00387

Internet Publications

Clarke, D. (2020). Folklore and Journalism - blog. [Wordpress]. https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/

Presentations

Robinson, A., Clarke, D., & Rodgers, D. (2020). Folklore, Custom and Contemporary Legend - The CCL Research Group at SHU. Presented at: Creating Knowledge Conference 2020, Online, 2020

Other publications

Clarke, D. (2015). Angels of War. http://www.pelicanist.blogspot.com: http://pelicanist.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/angels-of-war.html

Clarke, D. (2015). Portillo's State Secrets: Mysteries. The National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk): http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/portillos-state-secrets-mysteries/

Clarke, D. (2012). The National Archives UFO Project homepage. Kew, Surrey: The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos

Other activities

  • External examiner, MA Folklore Studies, University of Hertfordshire 2018-present
  • Executive Council member, International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR), 2016-present
  • Editorial board member, The Skeptic magazine
  • Feature writer/contributor, The Fortean Times magazine

Postgraduate supervision

- DoS PhD, journalism and media law/ethics, Mark Subryan (completion 2021)
- DoS PhD, folklore in 1970s children's TV, Diane Rodgers (ongoing)
- DoS PhD, folklore and creative writing, Sophie Parkes-Nield (ongoing)
- PhD supervisor, North East witch trials, folklore and heritage, Katie Liddane (Northumbria University)

Media

Journalist David teaches modules in media law and investigative journalism. He has a lifelong interest in folklore and ‘extraordinary experiences’ (with UFOs, ghosts and other supernatural phenomena). His PhD is in British folklore and cultural tradition. He is frequently quoted by national and international media as an expert in these areas and is a consultant for The National Archives UFO files project.

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