Archive | January 30, 2017

Current Pagan Studies Conference

I spent a wonderful, intense, crazy weekend at the Current Pagan Studies Conference at Claremont Graduate University. My brain feels all splody now, (highly technical academic term).

There was an amazing array of papers, the theme was the future of paganism. A lot of Druids of various traditions presented usually we’re in the minority so that was interesting but since most were talking about sustainability and the nature not all that surprising, I suppose.

I was supposed to be part of a panel on the Arts representing the future of Pagan literature and the people who were supposed to present on Art and Music had medical and family emergencies and had to cancel. So I spent Friday night having nightmares all night. One about my car dying in the middle of nowhere because Valley Village to Claremont is a loooong way and my car needs a new computer and likes to turn itself off going 60 mph on the freeway so I have to take surface streets. It took an hour and half in the morning and over 2 hours going home but I made it safely and was very glad it was beautiful sunny weather. But still the nightmare was there all the way. I also had one nightmare that ended with me being saved by the NCIS LA crew and Granger grabbing from certain danger in tactical gear and saying “I got you Babe” . My brain is so effing weird and one between the two that I can’t remember other than waking up and considering not going back to sleep and just sitting up until the morning. I remember it was partly about my paper was too frivolous in this political climate and I’d be standing there with my fanny in the wind looking stupid when everyone else’s paper was going to be serious. I rationalized this by the fact that when things get too intense we will need distractions to prevent implosion.

Ivo Dominguez was an amazing Keynote speaker and a rather wonderful person as was Amy Hale our other keynote speaker. And she knows my friend Caroline Wise and is often in London so I asked her to give Caroline a hug next time she was there. We would never had had a Grove if Caroline had not made Laura Janesdaughter an Arch Druid so we could start the Grove. That’s a Druid Clan of Dana requirement so we were very grateful.

This was the schedule:

9:00 – 10:30 Session One

  • Jeffrey Albaugh—Yearning for Primary Experience in an Internet Age
  • Kahena Dorathea Viale,—TBA

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45 -12:15 Session Two

  • Sabina Magliocco. Kimberly D. Kirner, Paul Parrett– Sacred Landscapes and the Spirits of Place: Local Ecological Knowledge, Sacredness and a Sustainable Future

12:15 – 12:45 Lunch merging into…

12:45 – 2:00 Key Note Presentation: Ivo Dominguez, Jr—The Future is Esoteric, Exoteric, and Secular

2:00 – 2:15 – Break

2:15 – 3:45 Session Three

  • Karen Tate—Partnership & Caring Economics: An Antidote to Domination
  • Murtagh anDoile/Armando Marini—Cyclical Patterns in Recent Religious History: Possible Pagan Futures
  • Lisa Allen/ Calantirniel —The Continuing of Widening, Diversified Growth of Paganism

3:45 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 5:30 Session Four

  • Kat Robb—Pagan Literature – Where Are We Going and Where Are We Now?
  • Devon Rachelle Setukara Starwell–A Global Call to the Pagan Path: The Pagan Path, Volume 1: Neo-Paganism and Natural Magic

6:00 Ritual


Sunday, January 29, 2017

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and coffee & pastries

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome talk – Kahena

9:15 – 10:30 Session Five

  • Jeffrey M. Keefer, PhD—Can We Have a Future Without Nature?
  • Joan DeArtemis, Mdiv–The Future of Paganism in Clinical Spiritual Care
  • Ayamanatara—The Internet , Manifestation, and Social Justice – an Update

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45 -12:15 Session Six

  • Wendilyn Emrys—Paganism’s Future: O’ What A World Might We Create
  • Kellen Smith—Millennials and Religion
  • Ngo Áine—Pagans in Politics: A Call to Action

12:15 – 12:45  Lunch merging into…

12:45 – 2:00  Key Note Presentation: Amy Hale—The Forest or the Temple?: Pagan Paradigms of Resistance and Resilience

2:00 – 2:15 – Break

2:15 – 3:45 Session Seven

  • Joseph Merlin Nichter—The Exemption Misconception: False Contacts with Gods and Society
  • Starr Goode—Matriarchal Values and the Sacredness of Images
  • Joseph Futerman—Towards a Transrationalist Paradigm: Or How Contemporary Paganism Saved the World