Below is a version of the paper I gave at CESNUR13. Clearly I will have said more in person: digressed, embellished and clarified, no doubt. But though it may be of some interest…
Isn’t the University emblematic of free speech? It is where we say what can’t be uttered in commercial contexts, or in faith contexts where certain claims are sacrosanct. Shouldn’t the University be where we blaspheme?
For this paper, you’ll have to forgive me the self-indulgence of speaking about my experience and myself. It’s a subjective-experience-based paper, and that seems to require a faintly autobiographical introduction. I outlined the paper to colleague who said: “So it’s all about you then? Why don’t you go and do some proper scholarly work instead?” Charming. But actually I want to begin with some
personal accounts that I think lead to general considerations that impact on the way religions are studied…
Sanja Nilsson from Sweden talks about NRMs and Children: A short interview about work she is doing as part of her PhD (at Gothenburg and Dalarna Universities) – I hope to interview her again once it is complete.. You can see more about Sanja at http://www.lir.gu.se/personal/doktorander/sanja-nilsson/
The video is good – but cuts off half my head – which many see as a good thing..
Alternative Archaelogy, Has It Happened?: Paganism and Archaeology in Twenty-first Century in Britain Robert WALLIS (Richmond University, London) We only just get started chatting before we are cut off by catering staff arriving – but we start on some great topics: