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Below are the 12 most recent journal entries recorded in Pagan Academics' LiveJournal:

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
9:50 am
[achadachad]
of interest, i hope
hi All

Ten Years of Triumph of the Moon, ed. Dave Evans and Dave Green (Hidden
Publishing, 2009), ISBN 978-0-9555237-5-5. © 2009 a collection of essays
inspired by Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon (which is ten years old in
2009), including a fabulous piece by Ronald himself

Just to let you know the book is officially launched now- you can see it on
the publishers website here and there are also links to amazon etc- if you
prefer to use local retailers then please take the ISBN and order locally

http://hiddenpublishing.com/about/ten-years-triumph-moon/

please circulate the link to anywhere relevant
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
10:19 am
[raoin]
research
i could use some help.
can anyone tell me the first year that a wiccan group attained tax exempt status in the US?
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
2:09 pm
[achadachad]
Sunday, November 12th, 2006
4:54 pm
[scypres]
Necessary Evil
Well... this isn't scholarship about paganism, but it is scholarship (on a religious topic) BY a pagan:


I've made some SERIOUS progress on the paper I'm writing for my Spenser/Milton class.

The basic idea is that Spenser's character Mutabilitie (the goddess of change) and Milton's character Satan share common characteristics and are treated by the authors in similar ways:

1. Both rebel against Divine authority (Mutabilitie against Jove and Satan against God).
2. Both are blamed for the sorrows of the world.
3. Despite this blame, both characters are, at times, treated sympathetically.


Here is the major difference I have found:
While Spenser admits Mutabilitie's role in Nature and in God's plan, Milton does not accord the same to Satan. Satan has no place in the "Great Chain of Being" according to Milton. However, I will show that, according to the precepts of God's universe, as laid out by Milton, Satan has a crucial role to play. Taking the argument in Lovejoy's 1937 article "Milton and the Paradox of the Fortunate Fall" a step farther, I will argue that not only was the fall of Adam requisite for fulfilling God's plan, but that the rebellion of Satan was likewise a necessity.

Anyway... there's a lot more to it, obviously, but it is really coming along!

(X-posted to my journal and academicpagans)
Friday, March 4th, 2005
4:59 pm
[bonecat]
Movie Time!
For CCPS this year we may have to find a place for a movie on Friday night. I am talking with the director of the documentary I Still Worship Zeus about having a showing at the conference. He is cool with the idea and is willing to allow me to purchase a dvd and then show it to a public audience. It will fit well with the theme of reconstruction and revitalization.

So, frmantis any idea of a place near the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel and the Convention Center? I may just try to reseve a room through AAR and see what it will cost for a DVD player and projector. It may be a bit pricey, but I think this will be a good thing for the conference.

Any thought or suggestions?
Sunday, February 20th, 2005
11:23 am
[bonecat]
I have changed out the audio files available on-line from last year's CCPS. You can now download Constance Wise's talk on Wiccan Epistemology: Occult Knowledge and Process Thought and Doug Cowan's Executive Summary of Cyberhenge: Modern Pagan on the Internet. I'll leave these files up for a few weeks, and once I see a slow down in accessing I'll trade them out for the final set. The last set will be from the discussion of Michael York's Pagan Theology.

http://paganstudies.org/confs.ccps/2004audio.html
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
4:39 pm
[bonecat]
2005 Conference on Contemporary Pagan Studies
Call For PapersCollapse )
Sunday, January 9th, 2005
12:45 pm
[bonecat]
CCPS Topics
It's time once again for me to decide on topics for CCPS. I want to get the call for papers out in the next 3 or 4 weeks. This year I decided to ask for some suggestions from you guys.

The Consultation on Contemporary Pagan Studies has submitted its call already, so I want to avoid duplicating or overlapping with that. Here is the text of the call:
"Proposals are invited on: 1) international approaches to quantifying numbers and demographics of Pagan practitioners, from census results or other data gathering techniques; 2) “believing” vs. “belonging” in contemporary Pagan communities; 3)contemporary Paganism in Eastern Europe (for a possible joint session with New Religious Movements). We also welcome proposals on all aspects of the study of contemporary Paganism."

So, any suggestions on what CCPS can focus on this year? Once I get some from you guys I'll post about me own thoughts, then work out a final focus.
Friday, November 5th, 2004
5:09 pm
[bonecat]
There is another Pagan Studies conference being arranged. It's called "Conference on Current Pagan Studies: Exploring Pagan Spirituality from the Center" and they have Luisa Teish as their keynote speaker. It's in California, so if any one is headed to Claremont in late January 2005, check it out. They don't have a website apparently, but it's linked on mine here.
3:32 pm
[bonecat]
feygirl sent me this link to a posting equating the PhD process to the Lord of the Rings. Very appropo I think.

The Lord of the Rings: an Allegory of the Ph.D.?
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
6:59 pm
[bonecat]
Chas Clifton's Blog
If you want to see some of the musings of Chas Clifton, a professor in English at Colorado State University Pueblo, go to http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=chas_clifton and add it to your friend's list.

Chas is co-editor of Alta Mira's Pagan Studies series and the editor of The Pomegrante: The International Journal of Pagan Studies. He is also the one who runs The Nature Religions Scholars Network website and e-list.
2:54 pm
[bonecat]
So here is the first entry on the Pagan_Academics LJ. Hopefully the community will grow more soon and we can get more discussion growing.

For now, I wanted to announce that the first stage of the paganstudies.org project to list papers in contemporary Paganism presented at academic conferences and academic books and articles in the field is now complete.

Go here and click on resources.
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