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Online Seminar: “Transformations of Paganism”

Dear friend of Inform,

There are still places available for Inform’s next online seminar, on “Transformations of Paganism – Identity and Practice”. This will take place on Thursday 9th December at 17.30-19.30 (GMT). You can book now at: https://inform.ac/upcoming-events/ . If you are unable to make a donation please email inform@kcl.ac.uk and we will reserve you a place. Details of the theme and speakers are below.

Pagan traditions are incredibly adaptive and have inspired human cultures in both novel and traditional ways over the millennium. This seminar will focus on the transformations of Paganism in Europe and on the internet over the past twenty years. Speakers, including members and academics representing a variety of Pagan movements and perspectives, will address the following questions:

• How do recent developments in Paganism relate to questions of identity and practice?

• To what extent are identities and practices developed primarily in relation to local ancestors and lineages?

• To what extent are Pagan identities and practices cultivated as opposition to other groups?

• What are the relationships between new Pagan movements, political or not, and the older, more established Pagan organisations?

We now have details of speakers:

“Is Druidry an indigenous religion?” – Dr Suzanne Owen, Reader in Religious Studies, Leeds Trinity University 

“Transformations in identities and ideologies in Wicca, from Witchcult to saving the world” – Dr Melissa Harrington, press officer for the Pagan Federation, and a trustee of the Pagan Federation International, and Lucia Harrington, student at Glasgow University and outreach link for Extinction Rebellion Glasgow. 

“Diversity in Paganism and the Pagan Community” – Sarah Kerr, President of the Pagan Federation 

“Un-Vikinging the past” – Dr Rune Rasmussen, independent scholar and founder of https://nordicanimism.com/ 

“Tropic Thunder: Germanic Paganism in a new global context” – Ross Downing, independent scholar. 

with Professor Graham Harvey, Religious Studies, Open University responding.

With best wishes,

The Inform Team

Dear friend of Inform,

There are still places available for Inform’s next online seminar, on “Transformations of Paganism – Identity and Practice”. This will take place on Thursday 9th December at 17.30-19.30 (GMT). You can book now at: https://inform.ac/upcoming-events/ . If you are unable to make a donation please email inform@kcl.ac.uk and we will reserve you a place. Details of the theme and speakers are below.

Pagan traditions are incredibly adaptive and have inspired human cultures in both novel and traditional ways over the millennium. This seminar will focus on the transformations of Paganism in Europe and on the internet over the past twenty years. Speakers, including members and academics representing a variety of Pagan movements and perspectives, will address the following questions:

• How do recent developments in Paganism relate to questions of identity and practice?

• To what extent are identities and practices developed primarily in relation to local ancestors and lineages?

• To what extent are Pagan identities and practices cultivated as opposition to other groups?

• What are the relationships between new Pagan movements, political or not, and the older, more established Pagan organisations?

We now have details of speakers:

“Is Druidry an indigenous religion?” – Dr Suzanne Owen, Reader in Religious Studies, Leeds Trinity University 

“Transformations in identities and ideologies in Wicca, from Witchcult to saving the world” – Dr Melissa Harrington, press officer for the Pagan Federation, and a trustee of the Pagan Federation International, and Lucia Harrington, student at Glasgow University and outreach link for Extinction Rebellion Glasgow. 

“Diversity in Paganism and the Pagan Community” – Sarah Kerr, President of the Pagan Federation 

“Un-Vikinging the past” – Dr Rune Rasmussen, independent scholar and founder of https://nordicanimism.com/ 

“Tropic Thunder: Germanic Paganism in a new global context” – Ross Downing, independent scholar. 

with Professor Graham Harvey, Religious Studies, Open University responding.

With best wishes,

The Inform Team