From Séance to the laboratory: History of Dutch Parapsychology

history of Dutch parapsychology

Poltergeist, clairvoyance, telepathy, dancing tables, ectoplasm and music from the afterlife. These are symptoms everyone has an opinion about, but how does science view these phenomena? In the 60s – 80s of last century, the Netherlands was a pioneer in the field of scientific research into paranormal phenomena.

 Stichting Het Johan Borgman fonds organizes, in cooperation with Stichting Jonge Historici and the Descartes Centre (Utrecht University) an evening about the fascinating history of scientific research into paranormal phenomena. During this evening not only history but also the role of generally accepted views on historiography will be discussed.


Ingrid Kloosterman, promoted on the history of the Dutch Parapsychology, provides an introduction. Her book ‘Wetenschap van Gene Zijde’ will be in the bookstores on May 1st. Furthermore, Rosie Keijser, specialist acquisition of private archives at Het Utrechts Archief, will discuss the importance of the archives of the Dutch parapsychology collected by Stichting Het Johan Borgman fonds. The evening will be concluded with a discussion.


Participation in the event costs € 5, -. You can register via stating “From the séance room to the laboratory.” The presentations will be in Dutch.


19: 30-20.00 doors open
20:00 Introduction history of parapsychology – Ingrid Kloosterman
20:30 The role of the Archives – Sleeping Beauty Keijser
21:00 Discussion

April 13, 2017


Sweelinckzaal (0.05)
Drift 21, Utrecht
Access via the University, Drift 27.