The new double issue of The Pomegranate is something different. It contains two long papers, but the rest is devoted to a special section on scholarly autobiography conceived and edited by Doug Ezzy (U. of Tasmania).
Doug visited Hardscrabble Creek in November 2014 and while holed up in the guest cabin, speed-reading my library, thought how interesting it might be to get some of the long-time Pagan-studies scholars to tell their stories. How did they get started? What obstacles did they face? Who helped them? And so on.
We drew up a list of people to ask for contributions—all from the English-speaking world for this volume, so I see a second special section ahead in the future. Most were happy to write something.
By arrangement with the publisher, my editorial, “A Double Issue of The Pomegranate: The First Decades of Contemporary Pagan Studies,” is a free download. Because workers deserve to be paid, the entire special section costs £17.50 (US $25.40), normally the fee for a single article.
“The Divine Feminine in the Silver Age of Russian Culture and Beyond: Vladimir Soloviev, Vasily Rozanov and Dmitry Merezhkovsky,” Dmitry Galtsin
“Elements of Magic, Esotericism, and Religion in Shaktism and Tantrism in Light of the Shakti Pitha Kamakhy?” Archana Barua
Special Section – Paths into Pagan Studies: Autobiographical Reflections
“The Pagan Studies Archipelago: Pagan Studies in a Cosmopolitan World,” Douglas Ezzy
“The Old Pomegranate and the New,” Fritz Muntean
“Walking Widdershins,” Wendy Griffin
“Playing Croquet with Hedgehogs: (Still) Becoming a Scholar of Paganism and Animism,” Graham Harvey
“Navigating Academia and Spirituality from a Pagan Perspective,” Michael York
“An Outsider Inside: Studying Contemporary Paganism,” Helen A Berger
“The Owl, the Dragon and the Magician: Reflections on Being an Anthropologist Studying Magic,” Susan Greenwood
“The Academy, the Otherworld and Between,” Kathryn Rountree
“Making the Strange Familiar,” Sarah Pike
“Reflecting on Studying Wicca from within the Academy and the Craft,” Melissa Jane Harrington
“Pagan(ish) Senses and Sensibilities,” Adrian Ivakhiv