Thursday, August 18, 2005

Pagan studies, nature religion at AAR-SBL

For anyone attending the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature in Philadelphia in November, here is a quick--and not necessarily definitive--list of the Pagan-studies sessions.

First, the all-day Conference on Contemporary Pagan Studies, which has been happening since 1998 in some form but is not an official program unit.

The following program units have at least one Pagan-studies presenter, if not the entire panel:

1. New Religious Movements Group and Contemporary Pagan Studies Consultation, Saturday - 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m, Michael York, London, UK, presiding. Theme: Neo-Pagan Religions in Central and Eastern Europe: Identity, Community, and Challenge.

2. Platonism and Neoplatonism Group, Sunday - 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Gregory Shaw, Stonehill College, presiding. Theme: Neoplatonism, Dead or Alive: Is Neoplatonism a Living Tradition?

3. Death, Dying, and Beyond Consultation, Sunday - 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Christopher M. Moreman, St. Francis Xavier University, presiding. Theme: Continuities and Discontinuities: Contemporary Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Study of Death.

4. New Religious Movements Group, Sunday - 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Holly Folk, Indiana University, Bloomington, presiding. Theme: Theoretical Issues in the Study of NRMs and NRMs and Their Sacred Texts.

5. Contemporary Pagan Studies Consultation, Monday - 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Wendy Griffin, California State University, Long Beach, presiding. Theme: Boundaries and Paths to Authenticity.

6. New Religious Movements Group, Monday - 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Greg Johnson, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, presiding. Theme: Devoted to the Outdoors: Nature Recreation as Religious Practice.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, I thought my Neoplatonism panel was Monday from 1:00-3:30; one of us has to be mistaken.

Edward Butler

8:39 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...


There are two Platonism and Neoplatonism sessions. Your paper is scheduled in the other one.


9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the pagan-topic paper in the other Platonism session?


5:56 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

Robert Puckett, Georgia Perimeter College, "Contested Pagan Theologies: Then and Now"

Matthew Rogers, U. of Amsterdam, "Aleister Crowley's Theory of the Furores."

9:00-11:30 a.m., Sunday, MP-303

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! It's normally pretty hard to find Platonists who aren't embarrassed by the pagan religiosity in the tradition.

EPB (who speaks from experience)

11:46 AM  

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