Wednesday, 18 February 2015

New book review: Bogdan and Djurdjevik's "Occultism in a Global Perspective" in Nova Religio

The latest volume of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions has just been released, and inside you will find a book review that I authored several months ago. The review is devoted to Occultism in a Global Perspective, an edited volume put together by Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevik. For those of you with access to JSTOR, download a copy here.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

My Folklore journal paper - "Devil's Stones and Midnight Rites: Megaliths, Folklore, and Contemporary Pagan Witchcraft" - free for the next two months!

The academic publishing company Routledge has just announced that for a brief period – from now until 31 March 2015 – their most popular articles will be available online to read for free. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in the latest academic research but who doesn't have access to it through an institutional subscription (or a bottomless wallet!). Looking it over, I was pleased to find that a paper of mine published last year in the Folklore journal – "Devil's Stones and Midnight Rites: Megaliths, Folklore, and Contemporary Pagan Witchcraft" – is included in their "top 25" most-read anthropology articles (check them out here), and thus it is one of those that you can access without a restrictive paywall. Checking out the Folklore journal website itself, it appears that the research article is their fourth "most read" paper, after works by Jacqueline Simpson and Ronald Hutton (who have both been interviewed here at Albion Calling, in April 2014 and July 2014 respectively); for me it's great to see that people are actually taking an interest in my work and reading it, and that in some small way my name is up alongside those of such eminent scholars whose work I greatly admire and respect. The chance to access this paper for free is a limited-time offer, so if it sounds like something that you'd enjoy reading, do take up this excellent opportunity!