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Dr Jenny Butler is the leading authority on the academic study of contemporary Paganism in the Irish context, having conducted the first ever ethnographic study of Irish contemporary Paganism. Her book on this topic, 21st Century Irish Paganism: Worldview, Ritual, Identity, is forthcoming from Routledge. Also forthcoming are some edited collections including Folk Metal: Critical Essays on Identity, Myth and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Twin Peaks Phenomenon: Essays on a Show Both Wonderful and Strange (McFarland).


Dr Butler has been the recipient of many awards, bursaries and accolades, stretching back to her student days when for two years running (2000 and 2001)
she was awarded the title of University College Cork College Scholar. Since then she has received various awards, and her research has been supported by the Irish Research Council, the Royal Irish Academy, the Ireland-Canada University Foundation
, the Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership (Department of the Taoiseach), and by the UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Support Fund. Dr Butler has been a Government of Ireland Research Scholar (2001-2004), a Dobbin Scholar (2010) and a Charlemont Scholar (2017).

Dr Butler is currently working on a comparative ethnographic project on non-ordinary (otherworldly) beings and landscapes, which explores the interconnections of worldviews, customs, and sense of place as intangible cultural heritage. Her key interests are religions and national identities, and the study of new religious movements (NRMs) and emergent religious traditions in the Irish context.

Dr Butler is the Secretary of The Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) and a formal Collaborator of the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC), University College Cork. She is the Founder of the Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism (INSEP), which is affiliated with the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE).


Dr Jenny Butler is a Lecturer in the Department of Study of Religions at University College Cork where she teaches on contemporary religions in Ireland, Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements. She was formerly a Lecturer with the Department of Folklore and Ethnology (2002-2013).

 

 

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