Monday, July 6, 2015

Call for Papers: 12th Conference on Current Pagan Studies

12th Conference on Current Pagan Studies
January 23 &24, 2016
Call For Papers: Social Justice
The overall theme for the 2016 Conference is Social Justice.
We face issues of social justice everywhere we look, from something as overwhelming as #blacklivesmatter to the seeming trivial Wiccanate privilege.  Like the innumerable heads of the Lernaean Hydra, it seems that every time we manage to quell an issue involving racism, sexism, or privilege, two more such issues appear.  Add to this the poisonous breath of the hate rhetoric that surrounds these issues, and virulent ichor of the rigid beliefs from which such transgressions emerge, the task of those on the side of social justice does appears quite Herculean.
How do we as Pagans, Wiccans, Druids, Witches, Heathens and the many other paths that have arisen incorporate these concerns into our research, our outlook, our activism, etc.? We are using this idea in its broadest terms. We are hoping to encompass issues concerning racism, feminism, womanism, eco-justice, food security, gender justice, classism, neo-colonialism, etc. seen through the eyes of our scholars/activists. 
We are looking for papers from all disciplines. A community needs artists, teachers, scientists, healers, historians, philosophers, educators, thinkers, activists, etc.
As usual, we are using Pagan in its most inclusive form, covering pagans, wiccans, witches and the numerous hybrids that have sprung up as well as any indigenous groups that feel akin to or want to be in conversation with Pagans.
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and are due by September 20, 2015. Go to our website for advice on presenting papers. Please email abstracts to .

Monday, March 9, 2015

Funded Ph.D.'s in Norway

Siv Ellen Kraft recently received a research grant that includes support for two PhD fellows. For details on her research project, see:

The fellowships come with a full salary and funding for fieldwork. For more information, see:

Note: The announcement says three years, but UiT usually offers PhD fellows and additional year of support in exchange for teaching a course every term.

Also note that one does not have to know how the Norwegian Language, though one should be fluent in English.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Funded study opportunities in Ireland

Interested in postgraduate study at Ireland’s leading Study of Religions Department?

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences (CACSSS) at University College Cork is offering
23 Postgraduate Scholarships
(12 MA scholarships and 11 PhD Scholarships)

Under this scheme you can apply for funding for the following programmes:

MA in Contemporary Religions

"The best aspects of this MA programme are the high level of quality supervision and guidance available to students, and a subtle but nevertheless strong focus on encouraging students to explore their own interests within the field of the Study of Religions." - Magdalena Mikulak, graduate of 2012, PhD scholarship at London School of Economics and Political Science

Video testimonial:

PhD in Study of Religions

The department has a thriving research culture with staff specialisms in South Asian religions, contemporary Islam, Orthodox Christianity, indigenous worldviews and religion and gender. Current postgraduate students’ research topics include indigenous religions in India, contemporary European paganisms, Sufism in Sudan and Irish vernacular religion.

Video testimonial:

For further information on postgraduate programmes in the Study of Religions contact: Dr. James Kapalo, Acting Head of Department j.kapalo[at]

Scholarship Details

Masters Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship entitles you to a full EU fee waiver for your Masters. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must:
• Be starting a taught Masters programme in CACSSS in September 2015
• Have at least Second Class Honours (Grade 1) or equivalent in your first or subsequent degree.
The closing date for applications is 27th April 2015For more information and details of how to apply for a scholarship, please

PHD Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship entitles you to a full EU fee waiver for your PhD. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must:
• Be starting a PhD (or PhD Track or MPhil as a pathway to a PhD) in CACSSS in September 2015
• Have at least Second Class Honours (Grade 1) or equivalent in your first or subsequent degree.
The closing date for applications is 18th May 2015. For more information and details of how to apply for a scholarship, please

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Students and alumnae act in support of Black Lives Matter

Many of the GTU's Pagan students, alumnae, and staff have been protesting in support of Black Lives Matter. Here are a few press releases and statements.

Lizann Bassham announced to BARD (Bay Area Reclaiming Discussion list):
"Reclaiming is a powerful community and our influence shows up in many places. Kai Koumatos, the author of this blog, was trained by Starhawk in the energy of activism and Kai in turn shared that with pagan and witch students at Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union for the recent protests in Berkeley.  Read her account here:

Lizann Bassham"

A statement from Free Cascadia Witchcamp, worked on by alumna Clare Chuck Bohman: 

And a couple others from PSR and GTU administration:

Statement from GTU President Reiss Potterveld #blacklivesmatter