Research Profile

Jenny Butler

Biography

Dr Jenny Butler is a faculty member of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and sits on the College Executive Management Committee (CEMC). She is a Lecturer in the Study of Religions Department where she teaches on contemporary religions in Ireland, Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements and was formerly a Lecturer with the Department of Folklore and Ethnology (2002-2013).  She is an internationally established researcher in the area of New Religious Movements and the study of Folk Religion, and is a leading scholar in her field, having conducted the first ever ethnographic study of Irish contemporary Paganism, which will be published as the monograph 21st Century Irish Paganism: Worldview, Ritual, Identity, 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 bid for a number of major international, interdisciplinary conferences to come to UCC and has been the sole local organiser of some of these, most recently the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) Special Conference--International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) Conference 'Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes', hosted by the Study of Religions Department and held at UCC 13-16 June 2019.

Dr Butler's scholarly standing is evidenced by her many awards, bursaries and accolades, and she has been a Government of Ireland Research Scholar (2001-2004), a Dobbin Scholar (2010) and a Charlemont Scholar (2017). She has been the recipient of awards 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 as part of a scholarship awarded in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement and, since then, 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 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. As part of the exposition of this project, she curated the research exhibition at UCC's Boole Library (April - June 2019), 'Fairy Lore and Landscapes: Legends, Lore and Experiences Gathered Through Ethnographic Research’. Her key interests are religions and national identities, death studies, 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 an elected Executive Committee Member of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) (coming into post 1 January 2020). She is a Committee Member of the Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI), and a formal Collaborator of the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC), University College Cork. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC). Dr Butler is an Officer of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) and she founded the ESSWE Regional Research Network, the Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism (INSEP). She is a Member of the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) and is a Committee Member of the UCC Branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).



Research Interests


Jenny Butler's primary research interests are in the following areas:
  • Contemporary Paganism
  • New Religious Movements
  • Western Esotericism
  • Folk/Popular Religion
  • Pilgrimage
  • Ritual Studies
  • Narrative (particularly legends and belief narratives)
  • Death ritual and beliefs about death, dying and the afterlife
  • Marginalised worldviews and cultures
  • Mythology
  • Sacred sites, legends and landscape
  • Popular culture and media studies
  • Nationalism and national identities

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant (2017)Royal Irish Academy
Craig Dobbin Scholarship (2010)Ireland Canada University Foundation
Ireland-Newfoundland Supernatural BeliefGovernment Departments01-MAR-0930-SEP-09€3,500.00
Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (2001-2004)Irish Research Council

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2019)21st Century Irish Paganism: Worldview, Ritual, Identity.
Jenny Butler (2019) 21st Century Irish Paganism: Worldview, Ritual, Identity. Farnham, Surrey: UK: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'The Sídhe and Fairy Forts'
Butler, Jenny (2017) 'The Sídhe and Fairy Forts' In: Young, Simon and Houlbrook, Ceri (eds). Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500 AD to the Present. London: Gibson Square. [Details]
(2016)'Death and Dying in Contemporary Irish Pagan Cosmology'
Butler, Jenny (2016) 'Death and Dying in Contemporary Irish Pagan Cosmology' In: Ryan, Salvador (eds). Death and the Irish: A Miscellany. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2016)'The Ritual and Social Use of Tobacco in the Context of the Wake'
Butler, Jenny (2016) 'The Ritual and Social Use of Tobacco in the Context of the Wake' In: Ryan, Salvador (eds). Death and the Irish: A Miscellany. Dublin: Wordwell. [Details]
(2015)'Paganism in Ireland: Syncretic Processes, Identity and a Sense of Place'
Jenny Butler (2015) 'Paganism in Ireland: Syncretic Processes, Identity and a Sense of Place' In: Kathryn Rountree (eds). Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe: Colonial and Nationalist Impulses. Oxford and Brooklyn, NY: Berghahn Books. [Details]
(2015)'Magic and Supernatural Themes in Carnivàle'
Jenny Butler (2015) 'Magic and Supernatural Themes in Carnivàle' In: Peg Aloi and Hannah Sanders (eds). Carnivàle and the American Grotesque: Critical Essays on the HBO Series. Jefferson, North Carolina: USA: McFarland.   [Details]
(2012)'St. Patrick, Folklore and Irish National Identity'
Jenny Butler (2012) 'St. Patrick, Folklore and Irish National Identity' In: Saint Urho - Pyhä Urho - From Fakelore To Folklore. Finland: University of Turku.   [Details]
(2011)'Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Identity'
Jenny Butler (2011) 'Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Identity' In: Ireland's New Religious Movements. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.   [Details]
(2009)'Neo-Pagan Celebrations of Samhain'
Jenny Butler (2009) 'Neo-Pagan Celebrations of Samhain' In: Treat or Trick? Halloween in a Globalising World. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.   [Details]
(2008)'Symbolic and Social Roles of Women in Death Ritual in Traditional Irish Society'
Jenny Butler (2008) 'Symbolic and Social Roles of Women in Death Ritual in Traditional Irish Society' In: Women, Pain and Death: Rituals and Everyday Life on the Margins of Europe and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.   [Details]
(2007)'Holistic Health and New Age in the British Isles'
Jenny Butler and Maria Tighe; (2007) 'Holistic Health and New Age in the British Isles' In: Handbook of New Age. Leiden and Boston: Brill.   [Details]
(2005)'Druidry in Contemporary Ireland'
Jenny Butler (2005) 'Druidry in Contemporary Ireland' In: Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives. Santa Barbara, California; Denver, Colorado; Oxford, England: ABC-CLIO.   [Details]
(2004)'Neo-pagan Ritual Practice as Visual Culture and Creative Expression of Identity'
Jenny Butler (2004) 'Neo-pagan Ritual Practice as Visual Culture and Creative Expression of Identity' In: Communicating Cultures. New Brunswick, USA and London, UK: LIT Verlag.   [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2019)Folk Metal: Critical Essays on Identity, Myth and Culture
Butler, Jenny (Ed.). (2019) Folk Metal: Critical Essays on Identity, Myth and Culture Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2019)The Twin Peaks Phenomenon: Essays on a Show both Wonderful and Strange
Jenny Butler (Ed.). (2019) The Twin Peaks Phenomenon: Essays on a Show both Wonderful and Strange Jefferson, North Carolina: USA: McFarland. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'Remembrance of the Ancestors in Contemporary Paganism'
Jenny Butler (2015) 'Remembrance of the Ancestors in Contemporary Paganism'. Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 2 (1):94-118 [Full Text] [Details]
(2009)'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Gender'
Jenny Butler (2009) 'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Gender'. Cosmos, 25 (25):191-200   [Details]
(2002)'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year'
Jenny Butler (2002) 'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year'. Cosmos, 18 :121-142   [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'An Ethnographic Study of Irish Neo-Pagan Culture'
Jenny Butler (2011) 'An Ethnographic Study of Irish Neo-Pagan Culture' The Boolean, 2 .   [Details]
(2003)'Ireland's Sacred Landscape: Neo-pagan Worldview and the Ritual Utilisation of Sacred Sites'
Jenny Butler (2003) 'Ireland's Sacred Landscape: Neo-pagan Worldview and the Ritual Utilisation of Sacred Sites' Beascna, 2 :29-45.   [Details]

Curated Exhibition

 YearPublication
(2019)Fairy Lore and Landscapes: Legends, Lore and Experiences Gathered Through Ethnographic Research.
Butler, Jenny (2019) Fairy Lore and Landscapes: Legends, Lore and Experiences Gathered Through Ethnographic Research. Curated Exhibition [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2011)The Ritual Year and Gender
Collection of Papers; (2011) The Ritual Year 4: The Ritual Year and Gender . In: Butler, Jenny (Guest Editor) with Emily Lyle (General Editor) eds. The Ritual Year and Gender Cork,   [Details]
(2008)Ritual Year 3: The Ritual Year and History
Jenny Butler (2008) The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Historical Reinterpretations Ritual Year 3: The Ritual Year and History , pp.72-78 [Details]
(2007)Ritual Year 2: The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity
Jenny Butler (2007) Midsummer Magic: Neo-Pagan Celebrations of the Summer Solstice Ritual Year 2: The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity , pp.45-50   [Details]
(2004)Proceedings of the Congress Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated
Jenny Butler (2004) Expressions of the Sacred in Contemporary Pagan Culture in Ireland . In: Piterskaja, E. S. and Kharitonova V. I eds. Proceedings of the Congress Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated Moscow, Russia, , pp.162-171 [Details]

Commissioned Compositions

 YearPublication
(2013)The Amulet Project, Folklore and Social Change.
Jenny Butler (2013) The Amulet Project, Folklore and Social Change. Commissioned Compositions [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2017)‘The Study of Religions in Ireland’ in the ‘From Our Correspondents’ series of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) Bulletin 130/May 2017.
Jenny Butler amd James Kapaló (2017) ‘The Study of Religions in Ireland’ in the ‘From Our Correspondents’ series of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) Bulletin 130/May 2017. BASR, England. [Details]
(2007)Report on the Conference: Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media. Harvard University, Cambridge, USA May 18th-21st 2006. In Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies (JASANAS), Vol. 3.
Jenny Butler (2007) Report on the Conference: Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media. Harvard University, Cambridge, USA May 18th-21st 2006. In Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies (JASANAS), Vol. 3. Kempress Ltd, London.   [Full Text] [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2012)The Cultural Significance of the Amulet Project.
Jenny Butler (2012) The Cultural Significance of the Amulet Project. Articles [Details]

Documentary

 YearPublication
(2019)Jenny Butler featured on RTÉ Television Documentary Divorcing God Presented by Oliver Callan, broadcast on RTÉ One on 12 June 2019.
Jenny Butler (2019) Jenny Butler featured on RTÉ Television Documentary Divorcing God Presented by Oliver Callan, broadcast on RTÉ One on 12 June 2019. Documentary [Details]
(2014)Featured on the television documentary titled 'Sacred Sites: Ireland' that was broadcast on The Smithsonian Channel, USA on 7 July 2014. This programme dealt with the connections between astronomical events and religious change.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Featured on the television documentary titled 'Sacred Sites: Ireland' that was broadcast on The Smithsonian Channel, USA on 7 July 2014. This programme dealt with the connections between astronomical events and religious change. Documentary [Details]
(2014)Featured on the television documentary titled 'Patrick, Pagans, and Party Animals: The Amazing Legacy of St. Patrick of Ireland' produced by Asterisk Productions in Victoria, Canada for the Canadian multi-faith television network Vision-TV.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Featured on the television documentary titled 'Patrick, Pagans, and Party Animals: The Amazing Legacy of St. Patrick of Ireland' produced by Asterisk Productions in Victoria, Canada for the Canadian multi-faith television network Vision-TV. Documentary [Details]
(2014)Featured on the documentary film 'Spiorad na Samhna' (Spirit of Samhain) about Samhain (Halloween) carnival in Derry made by Des Baker for Nemeton.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Featured on the documentary film 'Spiorad na Samhna' (Spirit of Samhain) about Samhain (Halloween) carnival in Derry made by Des Baker for Nemeton. Documentary [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2015)Review of Richard Jenkins’ Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74 (2014, Cork University Press), Reviews and Critical Commentary, online publication of the Council for European Studies (CES).
Butler, Jenny (2015) Review of Richard Jenkins’ Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74 (2014, Cork University Press), Reviews and Critical Commentary, online publication of the Council for European Studies (CES). Book Reviews [Details]
(2015)Review of Dennis Gaffin’s Running with the Fairies: Towards a Transpersonal Anthropology of Religion (2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Fieldwork in Religion.
Butler, Jenny (2015) Review of Dennis Gaffin’s Running with the Fairies: Towards a Transpersonal Anthropology of Religion (2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Fieldwork in Religion. Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Review of Kathryn Rountree’s Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society (2010, Ashgate) in The Pomegranate Journal of Pagan Studies.
Jenny Butler (2013) Review of Kathryn Rountree’s Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society (2010, Ashgate) in The Pomegranate Journal of Pagan Studies. Book Reviews [Details]
(2005)Review of Kathryn Rountree's Embracing the Witch and the Goddess - Feminist Ritual-Makers in New-Zealand in Cosmos, Vol. 21, No. 1: June 2005, 127-129.
Jenny Butler (2005) Review of Kathryn Rountree's Embracing the Witch and the Goddess - Feminist Ritual-Makers in New-Zealand in Cosmos, Vol. 21, No. 1: June 2005, 127-129. Book Reviews   [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

 YearPublication
(2018)'Healers' (Spirituality) in Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History.
Butler, Jenny (2018) 'Healers' (Spirituality) in Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History. Santa Barbara, California:ABC-CLIO. Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]
(2015)'Changelings' in Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures.
Jenny Butler (2015) 'Changelings' in Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures. Santa Barbara, California:ABC-CLIO. Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]

Invited Lectures

 YearPublication
(2018)'St Patrick Vs the Goddess' for an Irish Mythology undergraduate programme run at University College Cork by Texas State University, 17 July 2018.
Butler, Jenny (2018) 'St Patrick Vs the Goddess' for an Irish Mythology undergraduate programme run at University College Cork by Texas State University, 17 July 2018. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2018)'Away With the Fairies: An Slua Sídhe, Death and Fairy Places' at Clonakilty Samhain18 Festival, Clonakilty, County Cork, 03 November 2018.
Butler, Jenny (2018) 'Away With the Fairies: An Slua Sídhe, Death and Fairy Places' at Clonakilty Samhain18 Festival, Clonakilty, County Cork, 03 November 2018. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2017)'May Day Magic: Fairies, Witches and Dew-Charms' for the Blarney and District Historical Society in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), 4 May 2017.
Butler, Jenny (2017) 'May Day Magic: Fairies, Witches and Dew-Charms' for the Blarney and District Historical Society in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), 4 May 2017. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2016)'Saint Patrick, Folklore and Irish National Identity' for the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 19 March 2016.
Butler, Jenny (2016) 'Saint Patrick, Folklore and Irish National Identity' for the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 19 March 2016. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2016)'Irish Fairy Lore' (sold out) Public Talk at Treadwells (esoteric bookshop), Bloomsbury, London, 4 March 2016.
Butler, Jenny (2016) 'Irish Fairy Lore' (sold out) Public Talk at Treadwells (esoteric bookshop), Bloomsbury, London, 4 March 2016. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2015)'Halloween', Public Talk in the Series 'Van Valentijn tot Zwarte Piet' (From Valentine to Black Pete) at KANTL (The Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature), Ghent, Belgium, 27 October 2015.
Butler, Jenny (2015) 'Halloween', Public Talk in the Series 'Van Valentijn tot Zwarte Piet' (From Valentine to Black Pete) at KANTL (The Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature), Ghent, Belgium, 27 October 2015. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2015)'Irish Fairy Folklore' for Ballygarvan Historical Society, Cork Airport Hotel, 26 February 2015.
Butler, Jenny (2015) 'Irish Fairy Folklore' for Ballygarvan Historical Society, Cork Airport Hotel, 26 February 2015. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2015)'Irish Fairy Legends and Bealtaine' for the event 'Bealtaine at Triskel Christchurch' at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, 9 May 2015.
Butler, Jenny (2015) 'Irish Fairy Legends and Bealtaine' for the event 'Bealtaine at Triskel Christchurch' at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, 9 May 2015. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2015)'Cailleach: The Divine Hag' at Loughcrew Equinox Festival, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, 23 March 2015.
Butler, Jenny (2015) 'Cailleach: The Divine Hag' at Loughcrew Equinox Festival, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, 23 March 2015. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2014)'The Divine Feminine in Irish Tradition' presented at Féile Draíochta, The Camden Court Hotel, 4 October 2014.
Butler, Jenny (2014) 'The Divine Feminine in Irish Tradition' presented at Féile Draíochta, The Camden Court Hotel, 4 October 2014. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2014)'The History and Traditional Celebration of Samhain in Ireland' for the event 'Samhain at Triskel Christchurch' at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, 31 October 2014.
Butler, Jenny (2014) 'The History and Traditional Celebration of Samhain in Ireland' for the event 'Samhain at Triskel Christchurch' at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, 31 October 2014. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2014)'Irish Paganism: Worldview, Ritual and Identity' for a class of American students taking the 'World Religions and Global Issues in Ireland' course as part of the USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) programme at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), 31 July 2014.
Butler, Jenny (2014) 'Irish Paganism: Worldview, Ritual and Identity' for a class of American students taking the 'World Religions and Global Issues in Ireland' course as part of the USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) programme at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), 31 July 2014. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2013)'Living the Magical Life: Supernatural Forces in Contemporary Pagan Worldview' at the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) launch, University College Cork, 1 October 2013.
Butler, Jenny (2013) 'Living the Magical Life: Supernatural Forces in Contemporary Pagan Worldview' at the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) launch, University College Cork, 1 October 2013. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2013)'Fairy Legends and the Otherworld in Irish Tradition' for a group of visiting American grandparents and their grandchildren, EIL Intercultural Learning Programme, at The Ambassador Hotel, Cork City, Ireland, 4 July 2013.
Butler, Jenny (2013) 'Fairy Legends and the Otherworld in Irish Tradition' for a group of visiting American grandparents and their grandchildren, EIL Intercultural Learning Programme, at The Ambassador Hotel, Cork City, Ireland, 4 July 2013. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2011)'Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Ritual Practices' for The Association of Icelandic Folklorists (Félag Þjóðfræðinga Á Íslandi) at The University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, 14 September 2011.
Butler, Jenny (2011) 'Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Ritual Practices' for The Association of Icelandic Folklorists (Félag Þjóðfræðinga Á Íslandi) at The University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, 14 September 2011. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2009)'Glimpsing the Supernatural: from Pagan Gods to Fairies' for Mythic Links Mythology Group, Dublin, Ireland, 2 April 2009.
Butler, Jenny (2009) 'Glimpsing the Supernatural: from Pagan Gods to Fairies' for Mythic Links Mythology Group, Dublin, Ireland, 2 April 2009. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2007)'Fire, Fairies and Sun Gods: Tara and Contemporary Paganism' for The Office of Public Works, Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, Co. Meath, Ireland, 18 July 2007.
Butler, Jenny (2007) 'Fire, Fairies and Sun Gods: Tara and Contemporary Paganism' for The Office of Public Works, Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, Co. Meath, Ireland, 18 July 2007. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2007)'Danú as Mother-Goddess in Irish Mythology' for IRD Duhallow Public Seminar Danú and Spirituality – a Spirit of Belonging, Rathmore, Co. Kerry, 10 March 2007.
Butler, Jenny (2007) 'Danú as Mother-Goddess in Irish Mythology' for IRD Duhallow Public Seminar Danú and Spirituality – a Spirit of Belonging, Rathmore, Co. Kerry, 10 March 2007. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2006)'Traditional Irish Festival Celebrations' for The Centre for Irish Cultural Studies, Sacred Heart University, Dingle Campus, Kerry, January 2006.
Butler, Jenny (2006) 'Traditional Irish Festival Celebrations' for The Centre for Irish Cultural Studies, Sacred Heart University, Dingle Campus, Kerry, January 2006. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2004)'Oral History and Cultural Memory: Fairy Landscapes' for Cloyne Literary and Historical Society, Cloyne, East Cork, Ireland, 14 August 2004.
Butler, Jenny (2004) 'Oral History and Cultural Memory: Fairy Landscapes' for Cloyne Literary and Historical Society, Cloyne, East Cork, Ireland, 14 August 2004. Invited Lectures [Details]
(2003)'Folklore, Landscape and Mythology of West Cork' for Cork County Vocational Education Committee, Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway, West Cork, 16 September 2003.
Butler, Jenny (2003) 'Folklore, Landscape and Mythology of West Cork' for Cork County Vocational Education Committee, Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway, West Cork, 16 September 2003. Invited Lectures [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2006)Halloween's Celtic Roots (Interview with Jenny Butler).
Archaeology: A Publication of the Archaeological Institute of America; (2006) Halloween's Celtic Roots (Interview with Jenny Butler). http://www.archaeology.org/online/interviews/butler.html: Magazine article   [Details]

Radio Documentary

 YearPublication
(2017)Featured on Aftering: Talking Death presented by Valerie Vetter, broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 25 September 2017.
Butler, Jenny (2017) Featured on Aftering: Talking Death presented by Valerie Vetter, broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 25 September 2017. Radio Documentary [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2012)Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview, Ritual and Identity.
Jenny Butler (2012) Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview, Ritual and Identity. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Video recording / TV

 YearPublication
(2014)Television Appearance on RTÉ’s programme RTÉ Today show with Daithi O Sé and Maura Derrane to discuss the traditional celebration of Samhain (Halloween).
Butler, Jenny (2014) Television Appearance on RTÉ’s programme RTÉ Today show with Daithi O Sé and Maura Derrane to discuss the traditional celebration of Samhain (Halloween). Video recording / TV [Details]

Discussion

 YearPublication
(2018)Discussant on the Panel on the art exhibition 'Prism: The Art and Science of light', The Glucksman Gallery, Cork, 14 December 2018.
Butler, Jenny (2018) Discussant on the Panel on the art exhibition 'Prism: The Art and Science of light', The Glucksman Gallery, Cork, 14 December 2018. Discussion [Details]
(2014)Discussant on the Panel of the Exhibition Launch at Galway Arts Centre of The Amulet Collaboration: A Journey of Trust National Exhibition Tour 2014/2015 on 1 August 2014.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Discussant on the Panel of the Exhibition Launch at Galway Arts Centre of The Amulet Collaboration: A Journey of Trust National Exhibition Tour 2014/2015 on 1 August 2014. Discussion [Details]

Interview

 YearPublication
(2014)Interviewed for Transceltic website about Samhain (Halloween) traditions: http://www.transceltic.com/pan-celtic/interview-dr-jenny-butler-celtic-folklore-traditions-of-halloween.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Interviewed for Transceltic website about Samhain (Halloween) traditions: http://www.transceltic.com/pan-celtic/interview-dr-jenny-butler-celtic-folklore-traditions-of-halloween. Interview   [Details]
(2014)Interviewed for Ethan Doyle White’s blog on Pagan Studies, Albion Calling: http://ethandoylewhite.blogspot.ie/2014/01/an-interview-with-dr-jenny-butler.html.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Interviewed for Ethan Doyle White’s blog on Pagan Studies, Albion Calling: http://ethandoylewhite.blogspot.ie/2014/01/an-interview-with-dr-jenny-butler.html. Interview   [Details]

Radio Feature

 YearPublication
(2019)Feature length interview about ‘Fairy Lore and Landscapes Exhibition’ in Boole Library, UCC, curated by Jenny Butler, on Artefact Arts and Culture Show broadcast on Community Radio Youghal, 23 May 2019.
Jenny Butler (2019) Feature length interview about ‘Fairy Lore and Landscapes Exhibition’ in Boole Library, UCC, curated by Jenny Butler, on Artefact Arts and Culture Show broadcast on Community Radio Youghal, 23 May 2019. Radio Feature [Details]
(2018)Interview on talkRADIO UK Steph and Dom Parker Show about St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2018.
Butler, Jenny (2018) Interview on talkRADIO UK Steph and Dom Parker Show about St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2018. Radio Feature [Details]
(2016)Radio Kerry 96-98FM, Kerry Today with Jerry O'Sullivan interview about St Patrick, along with Storyteller Eddie Lenihan, on 16 March 2016.
Butler, Jenny (2016) Radio Kerry 96-98FM, Kerry Today with Jerry O'Sullivan interview about St Patrick, along with Storyteller Eddie Lenihan, on 16 March 2016. Radio Feature [Details]
(2014)Interviewed on Rita Duffy’s online radio show The Crypt about Samhain (Halloween), 1 November 2014.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Interviewed on Rita Duffy’s online radio show The Crypt about Samhain (Halloween), 1 November 2014. Radio Feature [Details]
(2013)Interviewed by Brian O'Connell for The Pat Kenny Radio Show about Goth Subculture, 2013.
Butler, Jenny (2013) Interviewed by Brian O'Connell for The Pat Kenny Radio Show about Goth Subculture, 2013. Radio Feature [Details]
(2013)Interviewed by presenter David Jenkins for The Irish Voice Programme, Canberra, Australia 7 April 2013.
Butler, Jenny (2013) Interviewed by presenter David Jenkins for The Irish Voice Programme, Canberra, Australia 7 April 2013. Radio Feature [Details]
(2013)Interviewed by presenter David Jenkins for 2XX FM Community Radio in Canberra, Australia, 19 August 2013.
Butler, Jenny (2013) Interviewed by presenter David Jenkins for 2XX FM Community Radio in Canberra, Australia, 19 August 2013. Radio Feature [Details]
Invited contributor on numerous occasions to Cork’s 96FM The Opinion Line with PJ Coogan and Deirdre Shaughnessy to discuss cultural issues.
Butler, Jenny Invited contributor on numerous occasions to Cork’s 96FM The Opinion Line with PJ Coogan and Deirdre Shaughnessy to discuss cultural issues. Radio Feature [Details]
Interviewed on various occasions on WLR FM (Waterford Local Radio).
Butler, Jenny Interviewed on various occasions on WLR FM (Waterford Local Radio). Radio Feature [Details]

Podcast - Media

 YearPublication
(2015)Podcast ‘21st Century Irish Paganism' for the Religious Studies Project, 5 October 2015.
Butler, Jenny (2015) Podcast ‘21st Century Irish Paganism' for the Religious Studies Project, 5 October 2015. Podcast - Media [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Publication Fund University College Cork, CACSSS
2018Fáilte Ireland Conference Ambassador Programme Grant Fáilte Ireland
2018UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Support Grant UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
2017Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant Royal Irish Academy
2017European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) Bursary European Association for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)
2017Fáilte Ireland Conference Ambassador Programme Grant Fáilte Ireland
2017UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Support Grant UCC CACSSS
2016International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) Travel Bursary International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
2016Fáilte Ireland Conference Ambassador Programme Grant Fáilte Ireland
2016UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Support Grant UCC CACSSS
2010Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) Dobbin Scholarship Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF)
2008Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership Research Bursary Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership
2008Fáilte Ireland Conference Ambassador Programme Grant Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority
2001Government of Ireland Research Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
2001Title of UCC College Scholar - CACSSS Scholarship awarded in recognition of high scholarly achievement University College Cork's CACSSS Scholarships Scheme
2000Title of UCC College Scholar - CACSSS Scholarship awarded in recognition of high scholarly achievement University College Cork's CACSSS Scholarships Scheme

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Secretary17-JUN-16 / 17-JUN-20
Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI) Committee Member22-SEP-18 /
National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) Member04-FEB-19 /
Irish Federation of University Teachers Member05-FEB-19 /
Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism (INSEP) Founder01-MAY-15 /
European Association for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) Full Member01-JAN-15 /
American Academy of Religion Member30-SEP-17 /
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Publications Officer11-MAY-15 / 17-JUN-16
Fáilte Ireland Conference Ambassador Club Member01-MAR-16 /
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Committee Member12-MAY-13 / 11-MAY-15
International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture Member08-NOV-15 /
Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) Member11-JUN-06 /
Belief Narrative Network (BNN) of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) Member04-SEP-16 /
International Association for Comparative Mythology (IACM) Member19-MAY-15 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)—Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States,
Jenny Butler (2019) Discussant on the Roundtable during the Panel Accessing Contemporary Esoteric Techniques for Altering Consciousness. [Other], European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)—Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States, University of Amsterdam , 02-JUL-19 - 04-JUL-19. [Details]
(2019)European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)—Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States,
Jenny Butler (2019) 'Away with the Fairies': Intersections of Contemporary Paganism and Traditional Irish Culture in the Panel 'Consciousness and Communication with Non-Humans in Contemporary Esotericism'. [Oral Presentation], European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)—Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States, University of Amsterdam , 02-JUL-19 - 04-JUL-19. [Details]
(2019)European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)—Continuations and Disruptions Conference,
Jenny Butler (2019) 'Till the Stars had Run Away and the Shadows Eaten the Moon': Druids' and Witches' Engagement with Irish History, Folklore, and Ideas of Celticity. [Oral Presentation], European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)—Continuations and Disruptions Conference, University of Tartu, Estonia , 25-JUN-19 - 29-JUL-19. [Details]
(2019)International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture--Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes Conference,
Jenny Butler (2019) 'To the Waters and the Wild': The Significance of Water in Contemporary Irish Pagan Cosmology and Practice. [Oral Presentation], International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture--Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes Conference, University College Cork , 13-JUN-19 - 16-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019)Dynamics of Place: Conceptions of Sacred Space and Materiality in Japan and Ireland,
Jenny Butler (2019) Discussant on the Roundtable of the International Workshop 'Dynamics of Place'. [Other], Dynamics of Place: Conceptions of Sacred Space and Materiality in Japan and Ireland, University College Cork , 27-MAY-19 - 27-MAY-19. [Details]
(2019)Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR)—Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance Conference,
Jenny Butler (2019) Identity Politics and Power Play at the Holiest Mountain in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR)—Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance Conference, Victoria College, University of Toronto , 21-MAY-19 - 23-MAY-19. [Details]
(2019)14th international SIEF (Societé Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore) Congress—Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World,
Butler, Jenny (2019) Brigid's Way: Goddess, Saint and the Narration of Religious Heritages on an Irish Pilgrim Path. [Invited Oral Presentation], 14th international SIEF (Societé Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore) Congress—Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World, University of Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain , 14-APR-19 - 17-APR-19. [Details]
(2018)Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism—Magic(k) and Festivals Conference,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Contemporary Paganism and the Festival of Samhain. [Oral Presentation], Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism—Magic(k) and Festivals Conference, University College Cork , 26-OCT-18. [Details]
(2018)Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism—Magic(k) and Festivals Conference,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism—Magic(k) and Festivals Conference, University College Cork , 26-OCT-18. [Details]
(2018)Eco-Cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience Conference—Anthropological Association of Ireland Conference,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Green Magic and the Green Man: Contemporary Eco-Paganism and Holistic Cosmology. [Oral Presentation], Eco-Cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience Conference—Anthropological Association of Ireland Conference, University College Cork , 21-SEP-18 - 22-SEP-18. [Details]
(2018)III International Field Ethnographic Symposium 'An Hour with Kvass': Drinks in the Culture of the Peoples of the Urals and Volga Region,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Alcoholic Drinks in Irish Culture. [Oral Presentation], III International Field Ethnographic Symposium 'An Hour with Kvass': Drinks in the Culture of the Peoples of the Urals and Volga Region, Ludorvay Museum, Udmurtia, Russia , 18-SEP-18 - 20-SEP-18. [Details]
(2018)Borders and Boundaries: 'Religion' on the Periphery—Joint Conference between the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR),
Butler, Jenny (2018) Goddesses, Saints and Fairies: Re-Storying and Symbolic Boundaries of Ireland's Sacred Landscapes. [Oral Presentation], Borders and Boundaries: 'Religion' on the Periphery—Joint Conference between the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR), Queen's University Belfast , 03-SEP-18 - 05-SEP-18. [Details]
(2018)Exploring the Hermetic Future III, Research Seminar organised by The Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents of the University of Amsterdam,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Disciplinary Approaches to the Study of the 'Supernatural'—Report on Current Research Projects. [Oral Presentation], Exploring the Hermetic Future III, Research Seminar organised by The Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents of the University of Amsterdam, Domaine de Taurenne, Aups, France , 28-JUL-18 - 30-JUL-18. [Details]
(2018)16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)—Multiple Religious Identities,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Entering the Magic Mists: Irish Contemporary Paganism, Celticity and Indigeneity. [Oral Presentation], 16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)—Multiple Religious Identities, Bern, Switzerland , 17-JUN-18 - 21-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)First Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Winter School—Endangered Cultures and Sustainability,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Fairies, Forts, and Farmlands: Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Sense of Place, and Sustainable Living. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], First Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Winter School—Endangered Cultures and Sustainability, Indira Ghandi Tribal University (IGTU) in Amarkantak, India , 08-JAN-18 - 12-JAN-18. [Details]
(2018)First Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Winter School--Endangered Cultures and Sustainability,
Butler, Jenny (2018) Guardians of the Earth: Contemporary Paganism, Sacred Landscape and Environmental Activism. [Oral Presentation], First Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Winter School--Endangered Cultures and Sustainability, Indira Ghandi Tribal University (IGTU) in Amarkantak, India , 08-JAN-18 - 12-JAN-18. [Details]
(2017)European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) Annual Conference—'Communicating Religion',
Butler, Jenny (2017) Imagination, Creative Expression and Religious Traditions of Contemporary Pagans in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) Annual Conference—'Communicating Religion', University of Leuven, Belgium , 18-SEP-17 - 21-SEP-17. [Details]
(2017)Sixth Annual Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Conference—Religion, Myth and Migration,
Butler, Jenny (2017) Contemporary Pagan Migrants and the Utilisation of Myth in Creating a Sense of Place. [Oral Presentation], Sixth Annual Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Conference—Religion, Myth and Migration, Waterford Institute of Technology , 16-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017)Sixth Annual Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Conference—Religion, Myth and Migration,
Butler, Jenny (2017) Co-organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Sixth Annual Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Conference—Religion, Myth and Migration, Waterford Institute of Technology , 16-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017)International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture ‘Mountains and Sacred Landscapes’ Conference,
Butler, Jenny (2017) Croagh Patrick Mountain as a Site of Cultural Hybridity and Religious Syncretism. [Oral Presentation], International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture ‘Mountains and Sacred Landscapes’ Conference, The New School. New York City , 20-APR-17 - 23-APR-17. [Details]
(2017)Scotland and Ireland: Religion and the Enlightenment,
Butler, Jenny (2017) Enlightenment Thought, Irish and Scottish Folklore and the Consequences of Categorisations. [Oral Presentation], Scotland and Ireland: Religion and the Enlightenment, University College Cork’s Blackstone LaunchPad , 06-APR-17 - 07-APR-17. [Details]
(2016)Borders/Debordering: Towards a New World Culture of Hospitality,
Butler, Jenny (2016) Beyond Bordered Lands: Contemporary Paganism, Spiritual Unity and Conceptualisations of Geo-Physical Space. [Oral Presentation], Borders/Debordering: Towards a New World Culture of Hospitality, Hotel Špik, Gozd Martuljek, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia , 30-JUN-16 - 03-JUL-16. [Details]
(2016)5th Annual Conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) - 'Religion and Revolution',
Butler, Jenny (2016) Revolution in the Academy: Challenging the Scientific (Rationalistic) Paradigm in the Study of Religions. [Oral Presentation], 5th Annual Conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) - 'Religion and Revolution', University College Cork , 16-JUN-16 - 17-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)9th International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference - Tradition and Innovation,
Butler, Jenny (2016) Magic in the Flesh: Tattoos as Charms. [Oral Presentation], 9th International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference - Tradition and Innovation, University College Cork, Ireland , 06-MAY-16 - 08-MAY-16. [Details]
(2016)10th Anniversary of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) Conference – Religion, Science and the Future,
Butler, Jenny (2016) Scientific Rationalism, Cultural Cannibalism, and the Case of Irish Fairy Beliefs. [Oral Presentation], 10th Anniversary of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) Conference – Religion, Science and the Future, Gainesville, Florida , 14-JAN-16 - 17-JAN-16. [Details]
(2015)The Traditional Cosmology Society Conference—Shamanism and Cunning Folk: Traditional and Modern Perspectives,
Butler, Jenny (2015) Cunning Folk in the Irish Context: Wise Women, Fairy Doctors and the Consequences of Contact with the Otherworld. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Traditional Cosmology Society Conference—Shamanism and Cunning Folk: Traditional and Modern Perspectives, Edinburgh College of Art , 31-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)Fourth Annual Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Conference--The Study of Religions in Ireland: People, Places, Projects,
Butler, Jenny (2015) Irish Fairy Beliefs and Folk Religion. [Oral Presentation], Fourth Annual Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Conference--The Study of Religions in Ireland: People, Places, Projects, Trinity College Dublin , 11-MAY-15 - 11-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015)Annual Anthropological Association of Ireland Conference 2015--Permanence & Transition: Anthropological Perspectives,
Butler, Jenny (2015) Divine Encounters: Contemporary Pagan Artwork, Liminal Spaces, and the Creative Process. [Oral Presentation], Annual Anthropological Association of Ireland Conference 2015--Permanence & Transition: Anthropological Perspectives, University College Cork , 06-MAR-15 - 07-MAR-15. [Details]
(2014)Third Annual ISASR Conference--Religion and Remembering,
Butler, Jenny (2014) Remembering the Ancestors in Contemporary Paganism. [Oral Presentation], Third Annual ISASR Conference--Religion and Remembering, Union Theological College, Belfast in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast , 23-MAY-14 - 24-MAY-14. [Details]
(2013)Meanings of Madness: Critical and Creative Perspectives,
Butler, Jenny (2013) Folklore and Madness: Traditional Beliefs and Contemporary Popular Conceptions of Madness in the Irish Context. [Oral Presentation], Meanings of Madness: Critical and Creative Perspectives, University College Cork , 13-NOV-13 - 14-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013)ISASR Conference 2013 - Ireland, America and Transnationalism: Studying Religions in a Globalised World,
Butler, Jenny (2013) Fairy Trees and Holy Wells as Sites of Nexus between Different Popular Religious Traditions. [Oral Presentation], ISASR Conference 2013 - Ireland, America and Transnationalism: Studying Religions in a Globalised World, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin , 10-MAY-13 - 12-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Seminar,
Butler, Jenny (2013) Living the Magical Life: Supernatural Forces in Contemporary Pagan Worldview. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Seminar, University College Cork , 01-OCT-13 - 02-OCT-13. [Details]
(2012)ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland,
Butler, Jenny (2012) Paper: Researching Irish Neo-Paganism: exploring issues of ethnographic practice, spiritual experience narrative and religious worldview. [Oral Presentation], ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland, Study of Religions Department, University College Cork , 25-MAY-12 - 26-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland,
Butler, Jenny (2012) Member of Action Committee to organise the first conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions. [Conference Organising Committee Member], ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland, Study of Religions Department, University College Cork , 26-MAY-11 - 26-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011)The Association of Icelandic Folklorists (Félag Þjóðfræðinga Á Íslandi),
Butler, Jenny (2011) Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Ritual Practices. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], The Association of Icelandic Folklorists (Félag Þjóðfræðinga Á Íslandi), Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and RitualThe University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland , 14-SEP-11 - 14-SEP-11. [Details]
(2009)Alternative spiritualities, the New Age and New Religious Movements in Ireland,
Butler, Jenny; (2009) Paper: Irish Neopaganism: Worldview and Identity. [Oral Presentation], Alternative spiritualities, the New Age and New Religious Movements in Ireland, NUI Maynooth, Ireland , 30-OCT-09 - 31-OCT-09. [Details]
(2009)The Power of the Mask Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2009) Paper: Masks and Processions in the Traditional Irish Ritual Year. [Oral Presentation], The Power of the Mask Conference, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania , 02-JUL-09 - 06-JUL-09. [Details]
(2008)The Ritual Year and Gender Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Guest Editor RY4: The Ritual Year and Gender. [Editorship of Whole Conference Proceedings], The Ritual Year and Gender Conference, Cork, Ireland , 22-JUN-08 - 26-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)The Ritual Year and Gender Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Organiser: Fourth conference of the SIEF Ritual Year Working Group. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Ritual Year and Gender Conference, Cork, Ireland , 22-JUN-08 - 26-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)The Ritual Year and Gender Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Paper: The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Gender. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year and Gender Conference, Cork, Ireland , 22-JUN-08 - 26-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Transcending European Heritages: Liberating the Ethnological Imagination,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Paper: Celticity as a Cultural Resource in Irish Neo-Paganism. [Oral Presentation], Transcending European Heritages: Liberating the Ethnological Imagination, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland , 16-JUN-08 - 20-JUN-08. [Details]
(2007)The Ritual Year and History,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: History of Neo-Paganism and Neo-Pagan Reinterpretations of History. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year and History, Straznice, Czech Republic , 25-MAY-07 - 29-MAY-07. [Details]
(2007)Challenging Cultures of Death: Mercy Not Sacrifice,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: Neo-Paganism as a Life-Embracing Spirituality. [Oral Presentation], Challenging Cultures of Death: Mercy Not Sacrifice, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland , 02-NOV-07 - 04-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007)Trees in Legend and Tradition: English Folklore Society Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: Fairy Trees and Sacred Groves: Trees in Neo-Pagan Worldview and Ritual Practice. [Oral Presentation], Trees in Legend and Tradition: English Folklore Society Conference, Weald and Downland Folk Museum, Singleton, East Sussex, England , 01-SEP-07 - 02-SEP-07. [Details]
(2007)Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: Neo-Pagan Charms. [Oral Presentation], Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference, Pécs, Hungary , 11-MAY-07 - 13-MAY-07. [Details]
(2006)The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity,
Butler, Jenny; (2006) Paper: Neo-Pagan Celebrations of the Summer Solstice. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity, Gothenburg, Sweden , 07-JUN-06 - 11-JUN-06. [Details]
(2006)International Conference on Halloween,
Butler, Jenny; (2006) Paper: Neo-Pagan Celebrations of the Festival of Samhain. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Halloween, Glasgow, Scotland, UK , 31-OCT-06 - 01-NOV-06. [Details]
(2006)Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media,
Butler, Jenny; (2006) Paper: Irish Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media. [Oral Presentation], Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA , 18-MAY-06 - 21-MAY-06. [Details]
(2005)14th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR),
Butler, Jenny; (2005) Paper: Personal Spiritual Narratives of Irish Neo-Pagans. [Oral Presentation], 14th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), Tartu, Estonia , 26-JUL-05 - 31-JUL-05. [Details]
(2005)The 5th Celtic-Nordic-Baltic Folklore Symposium on Folk Legends,
Butler, Jenny; (2005) Paper: Celtic Legends and the Irish Neo-Pagan Community. [Oral Presentation], The 5th Celtic-Nordic-Baltic Folklore Symposium on Folk Legends, Reykjavík, Iceland , 15-JUN-05 - 18-JUN-05. [Details]
(2004)The Ritual Year Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2004) Paper: The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland , 07-JUL-04 - 07-JUL-04. [Details]
(2004)Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated,
Butler, Jenny; (2004) Paper: Expressions of the Sacred in Contemporary Pagan Culture in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated, Moscow, Russia , 20-JUN-04 - 30-JUN-04. [Details]
(2004)ASANAS (Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies) Goes Mainstream?,
Butler, Jenny; (2004) Paper: Neo-Paganism and the Domain of Alternative Healing in Contemporary Ireland. [Oral Presentation], ASANAS (Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies) Goes Mainstream?, University of Wolverhampton, England , 21-MAY-04 - 21-MAY-04. [Details]
(2003)Alternative Spirituality and New Age Studies (ASANAS),
Butler, Jenny; (2003) Paper: Ireland's Neo-Pagan Community: Worldview and Ritual. [Oral Presentation], Alternative Spirituality and New Age Studies (ASANAS), Open University in Milton Keynes, England , 30-MAY-03 - 01-JUN-03. [Details]
(2003)Language, Literature and the Imaginaire,
Butler, Jenny; (2003) Paper: The Imaginaire of Neo-Pagan Discourse: Perceptions of Landscape. [Oral Presentation], Language, Literature and the Imaginaire, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland , 02-MAY-03 - 04-MAY-03. [Details]
(2003)From Vernacular Religion to Contemporary Spirituality: Locating Religion in European Ethnology,
Butler, Jenny; (2003) Paper: Neo-Pagan Ritual Practice in Ireland as Cultural Process. [Oral Presentation], From Vernacular Religion to Contemporary Spirituality: Locating Religion in European Ethnology, Open University, Milton Keynes, England , 10-JAN-03 - 11-JAN-03. [Details]
(2002)Communicating Cultures,
Butler, Jenny; (2002) Paper: Irish Neo-Pagan Ritual Practice: Visual Representations of Culture and Creative Expressions of Identity. [Oral Presentation], Communicating Cultures, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland , 20-JUN-02 - 22-JUN-02. [Details]
(2002)Ireland's Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Consumption, Method and Memory,
Butler, Jenny; (2002) Paper: Ireland's Sacred Landscape: Neo-Pagan Worldview and the Ritual Utilisation of Heritage Sites. [Oral Presentation], Ireland's Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Consumption, Method and Memory, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Castlebar, Ireland , 18-OCT-02 - 20-OCT-02. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) At-Large Member of the Board of Directors2019 /
Officer of the Executive Committee of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) Officer2019 /
CACSSS College Executive Management Committee (CEMC) Elected Committee Member2018 /
Secretary of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Secretary2016 / 2020
Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI) Committee Member Committee Member2018 /
Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) UCC Branch Committee Member UCC Branch Committee Member2019 /
UCC Community Engagement Committee Member Member2017 / 2018
ISSRNC Conference 2019 Organising Committee Member Organiser2018 / 2019
ISASR/BASR Joint Conference 2018 Organising Committee Member Co-organiser2018 / 2018
ISASR Sixth Annual Conference Organising Committee Member Co-organiser2017 / 2017
International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) 9th Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference Organising Committee Member Member2016 / 2016
Publications Officer, ISASR Committee Publications Officer2015 /
ISASR Fifth Annual Conference Organising Committee Member Conference Organising Committee2016 / 2016
ISASR Fourth Annual Conference Organising Committee Member Member2014 / 2015
ISASR Third Annual Conference Organising Committee Member Member of Organising Committee2013 / 2014
Member of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions Committee Member2013 / 2016
Member of the Action Committee of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Member2011 / 2012

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in the Study of Religions (2013-Present)01-SEP-13 /
University College Cork Lecturer in Folklore and Ethnology (2002-2012)01-SEP-02 / 30-DEC-11
UCC Cork Folklore Project (CFP) Research Coordinator01-JAN-06 / 31-DEC-06
UCC History Archives - Oral History Project Professional Interviewer01-JAN-08 / 01-DEC-10
Dublin City University (DCU) Instructor of Celtic Studies Summer School, Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI)01-JUN-06 / 01-JUL-06
Dublin City University (DCU) Instructor, Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) (2003-2008)04-OCT-03 / 26-JUL-08
Cork County Vocational Education Committee (VEC) Instructor of a course on Local History01-MAR-05 / 15-JUN-05
Disability Support Service (DSS), University College Cork Disability Support Tutor01-SEP-05 / 01-JUN-06
Ashton Community College, Blackrock, Cork Instructor of Adult Education Night Class01-SEP-05 / 30-APR-06

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2013University College Cork PhDFolklore and Ethnology
2001University College Cork BAPhilosophy and Folklore (Joint Honours)

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
RTE - Researcher for Television Programme
Research was carried out for a television programme on festivals. The research focused on mythology and folklore surrounding one festival in particular and documented how this time was celebrated historically in Ireland.

Outreach Activities

 Description

The Amulet Art Project: Dr Jenny Butler was involved, in an advisory capacity, with The Amulet: A Collaborative Arts Project (2009-2015). The project was based at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) April through December 2010 for Phase 1, which involved local Cork community groups of women, led by the Ballyphehane & Togher Community Art & Craft Initiative. The groups created remembrance amulets and layettes for stillborn babies and also made keepsake amulets for living babies, using traditional crafts such as crocheting, beadwork and knitting. The artist Marie Brett (MA in Visual Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London), CUMH staff (including directors of Neo-Natal and Bereavement and Loss sections), HSE Cork Arts & Health Programme and The Arts Council were partners on the venture. Cork Film Centre collaborated with the group to help produce an audiovisual record of the project. Dr Butler held a consultative role on the project with regard to folklore surrounding stillbirth and dead child traditions. A commentary piece by her entitled ‘The Cultural Significance of the Amulet Project’ was included in The Amulet artist’s book (2012). Another essay of hers titled ‘The Amulet Project, Folklore and Social Change’ was published in Anamnesis: The Amulet Project, a companion volume to the audiovisual art exhibition Anamnesis by Marie Brett and The Amulet Collaboration: A Journey of Trust, held in The Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, 7 March-1 April, 2013. Dr Butler took part in the national exhibition tour 2014/2015, and was a panel member for the discussion event at the exhibition’s launch at Galway Arts Centre on 1 August 2014.

Centre for Adult Continuing Education Short Courses on Folklore and Mythology (Various Courses Taught 2011-2018)

Organiser and Auditor of UCC’s Folklore Society (2002-2003)

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of The Irish Society For The Academic Study Of Religions Co-Editor11-MAY-15 -
Pomegranate Member of Editorial Board18-DEC-17 -
Cosmos Guest Editor01-MAR-11 - 01-DEC-11
Beascna Member of Editorial Board01-SEP-03 - 30-DEC-06
Beascna Member of Advisory Board01-SEP-10 -
Cosmos Referee-
Beascna Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Advisory Boards and Peer Reviewing: 

  • (2018 - Present): Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal, The Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the Ural-Volga Region, produced in association with the Udmurt Institute of History, Language and Literature: Izhevsk, Republic of Udmurtia, Russian Federation
  • (2017 - Present): Member of the Editorial Board of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, a peer reviewed journal produced by Equinox Publishing
  • (2016 - Present): Member of the Advisory Board for the peer reviewed journal Melancolia, the first specialised academic journal on the history of Western Esotericism in and from Latin America, produced by the CEEO (Centro de Estudos sobre Esoterismo Ocidental - Western Esotericism Research Centre)
  • (2007 - Present): Member of the Advisory Board for the Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore/International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) Ritual Year Working Group publications

Peer Reviewing:
  • Cosmos Journal, an international journal produced by the Traditional Cosmology Society, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Journal of Contemporary Religion, an international, multi-disciplinary journal published by Taylor & Francis
  • Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE), a peer-reviewed journal promoted by the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre
  • Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, the journal of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion
  • Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, an international and interdisciplinary journal published by Equinox Publishing
  • Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (JISASR), an interdisciplinary online open access journal
  • University College Cork's Béascna Journal of Folklore and Ethnology

Social Media:

  • Social Media Awards 2016: I was nominated, along with Regina Sexton of Adult Continuing Education at UCC, for the Social Media Awards 2016 Zero Budget Campaign category for our activities as part of University College Cork’s St Patrick’s Day campaign on Facebook, Twitter and the UCC homepage.

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Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Dr Butler's modules and teaching areas are at the forefront, in pedagogical terms, of understanding the changing Irish religious landscape in the context of the country's cultural and social history and she currently coordinates and teaches the modules RG6070: Death, Dying and the Afterlife, RG6080: The Irish Religious Landscape, RG2309: Contemporary Religions in Ireland and RG2310: Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements.

Dr Butler's teaching areas include the examination of worldviews, traditional cosmologies, and ritual. In the Study of Religions, she teaches modules on contemporary religions in Ireland, Western Esotericism, and New Religious Movements. Her teaching interests range from the customs and beliefs of the early modern period in Ireland to contemporary urban ethnology, popular culture, visual culture and media studies and how these areas intersect with religions.

Dr Butler holds a Digital Badge in Postgraduate Research Supervision awarded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Dr Butler has a wealth of experience working in the area of Adult Education through University College Cork's Centre for Adult Continuing Education (CACE) (2011-2018) and also through UCC's Diploma in Local and Regional Studies. Additionally, she has worked as an instructor for the Vocational Education Committee's (VEC) Adult Education community-based programmes as well as working as a Tutor for the UCC Disability Support Service, UCC (2005-2006).

Dr Butler also has extensive experience working with children and teenagers and from 2003-2008, she was employed through Dublin City University's Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) and has taught on a variety of programmes, including Summer Schools. 

Dr Butler has been a Guest Lecturer at the following universities through the Erasmus+ Teaching Staff Mobility Programme:
  • Guest Lecturer at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar, Croatia, 29 April-3 May 2019.
  • Guest Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology, Panteio University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece, 23-27 April 2018
  • Guest Lecturer at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Nicolaus Copernicus University (UMK) Toruń, Poland, 17-20 April 2016
  • Guest Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology and Folkloristics, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 12-16 September 2011
  • Guest Lecturer at the Department of European Ethnology, University of Turku, Finland, 19-24 April 2009

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2019Colin Duggan University College CorkPHDThe Theosophical Society and Politics: Esoteric Discourse, Esoteric Monism, and Theosophical Identity in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Britain and Ireland

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Ahern Alice Catherine Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Religions in Contemporary Ireland RG6080Religions in Contemporary Ireland
2020Christianities in a Global Age RG2302Christianities in a Global Age
2020Contemporary Religions in Ireland RG2309Contemporary Religions in Ireland
2020Death, Dying and the Afterlife RG6070Death, Dying and the Afterlife
2020Contemporary Approaches in The Study of Religion RG6010Contemporary Approaches in The Study of Religion
2020Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements RG2310Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements
2020Religions in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to the Study of Religions RG1001Religions in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to the Study of Religions

Contact details

  • Jenny Butler
    Lecturer BA, PhD
  • j.butler@ucc.ie
  • Study of Religions Department
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS)
    O'Rahilly Building
    University College Cork

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