Contemporary Pagan Studies at AAR and other Pagan News of Note

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  May 19, 2011 — 6 Comments

Top Story: Chas Clifton gives us a heads up that the preliminary schedule of the Contemporary Pagan Studies Group’s sessions for this year’s American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting are now up. Taking place this November in San Francisco, California, the AAR’s Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of religious studies scholars. This year the Contemporary Pagan Studies Group will explore themes of “West Coast Pagan Practices and Ideas,” “Pagan Analysis and Critique of ‘Religion’,” and “Elemental Theology and Feminist Earth Practices,” which is being run in partnership with the Religion and Ecology Group.

The joint session with the Religion and Ecology Group, “Elemental Theology and Feminist Earth Practices,” will feature a panel discussion with groundbreaking feminist theologian Rosemary R. Ruether and Reclaiming co-founder Starhawk. In addition, other sessions will see paper presentations from Helen Berger, Christopher W. Chase, and Christine Kraemer (a department chair at Cherry Hill Seminary) among others. All that is in addition to the thousands of other presentations on just about every facet of religious experience you can think of. I will be there this November to cover the event, and hope to bring you special reporting, interviews, and access to a gathering few outside the world of religion studies experience.

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  • Pitch313

    It's funny. We like diversity (presuming that Pagans are part of it, not of the lack of it). But the economics of businesses so often drive us toward not much diversity.

    Berkeley when I knew it, loved it, lived there, was chock a block with bookstores, each with its own distinctive style and feel. But one by one by one, so many of them have been picked off. Or closed up. Or gone away. In my recollections, finding a book on a shelf is a small part of the overall experience of discovering stuff in and through Berkeley's bookstores.

    Raising a pint to the ending of Sunrise!

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Starhawk and Rosemary Reuther. That will be a panel worth covering!

    • Peg Aloi

      I hope to get to the AAR next time it's on the East Coast.

  • Apuleius

    I have never met Al Billings personally, but I have been a fan of his work going back to very close to the dawn of teh interwebs. I am looking forward to his new project on Pagan Dharma!

  • Joanne Young Elliott

    Those interested in Pagan Dharma might also like to have a look at these essays by Sam Webster

    • Jocelyne Berengaria Houghton

      Second that recommendation – I love Sam Webster's work! I have taken to calling myself a dharma Pagan after reading his excellent Pagan Dharma essays.