• 'Wise Women and Fairy Doctors: Otherworldly Connections in the Irish Context' as part of the event 'Witches, Wise Women and What to Wear (For Your Afterlife): Histories From the Dark Side', Youghal Mall Arts Centre, County Cork, 19 August 2022
     
  • 'Wise Women: Women, Power and the Otherworld in Irish Tradition' for the Hugh Lane Gallery Culture Club in connection with the Bones in the Attic exhibition, 12 August 2022
     
  • 'Guardians of the Earth: Eco-Cosmology and Contemporary Paganism' for the University College Cork Eco-Humanities Lunchtime Seminar Series, 3 March 2022
     
  • 'Walking the Tightrope: Navigating Insider and Outsider Meanings and Expectations During Ethnographic Research on Contemporary Paganism in Ireland' for a Fieldwork Seminar Series, Institut für Nordische Philologie, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 11 February 2022
     
  • 'Imbolc and St Brigid's Day: Fire, Fertility and the Increasing Light' for the University College Cork Bus Stop Chat, 1 February 2022
     
  • 'Contemporary Paganism, Magic, and Megaliths' for University College Dublin Newman Centre for the Study of Religions, 23 November 2021
     
  • 'Contemporary Pagan Communities in Ireland' for the Department of Anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile/Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 12 November 2021
  • 'Halloween in Irish Cultural Context' for the School of University Arts and Sciences, Selkirk College, British Columbia, Canada, 28 October 2021
  • 'The Otherworld in Irish Tradition' for Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, English Philology Department, 1 October 2021
  • '"Kindle the Magic Flame": Contemporary Paganism and Ireland's Sacred Landscape' for the Florida International University's Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs Program in the Study of Spirituality, 10 June 2021
     
  • 'Witch or Wise Woman? Gaelic Tradition and Changing Worldviews in Irish History' for the Friends of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall, 13 December 2020
     
  • 'The Witch Figure and Ireland: Stereotypes and the Irish Bean Feasa (Wise Woman)' for Land Sea Sky Travel’s  Conference 'Witchcraft: Bone, Dirt and Blood' (Zoom), 18 October 2020
     
  • 'Rituals and Festivals of Ireland' at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Çankırı Karatekin University, Turkey, 28 February 2020
     
  • 'Paganism as Religion in Contemporary Ireland’ at the Pascal Paoli University of Corsica, 12 December 2019
     
  • 'Away With the Fairies: An Slua Sídhe, Death and "Fairy Places"' at Clonakilty Samhain18 Festival, Clonakilty, County Cork, 03 November 2018
     
  • 'St Patrick Vs the Goddess' for an Irish Mythology undergraduate programme run at University College Cork by Texas State University, 17 July 2018
     
  • '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
  • 'Aliens, Fairies and Gods: Academic Categorizations and Popular Interpretations of Narratives of Encounters with Non-Ordinary Beings' talk at Probe International at the YMCA, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, UK, 2 October 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
     
  • ‘Irish Fairy Lore’ (sold out) public talk at Treadwells (esoteric bookshop), Bloomsbury, London, 4 March 2016
     
  • ‘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
     
  • ‘Irish Fairy Legends and Bealtaine’ for the event ‘Bealtaine at Triskel Christchurch’ at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, 9 May 2015
     
  • 'Cailleach: The Divine Hag’ public talk for Loughcrew Equinox Festival, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, 23 March 2015
     
  • 'Irish Fairy Folklore’ for Ballygarvan Historical Society, Cork Airport Hotel, 26 February 2015
     
  • ‘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
     
  • 'The Divine Feminine in Irish Tradition’ presented at Féile Draíochta, The Camden Court Hotel, 4 October 2014
     
  • ‘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
     
  • ‘Irish Folklore and the Supernatural’ for a group of visiting American grandparents and their grandchildren, EIL Intercultural Learning Programme, at The Ambassador Hotel, Cork city, Ireland, 4 July 2013
     
  • ‘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
     
  • ‘Glimpsing the Supernatural: from Pagan gods to Fairies’ for Mythic Links Mythology Group, Dublin, Ireland, 2 April 2009
     
  • ‘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
     
  • ‘Danú as Mother-Goddess in Irish Mythology’ for IRD Duhallow public seminar on Danú and Spirituality – a Spirit of Belonging, Rathmore, Co. Kerry, 10 March 2007
     
  • ‘Traditional Irish Festival Celebrations’ for a group of visiting American students at The Centre for Irish Cultural Studies, Sacred Heart University, Dingle Campus, Kerry, January 2006
     
  • ‘Folklore, Oral History and Heritage’ for Cloyne Literary and Historical Society, Cloyne, East Cork, Ireland, 14 August 2004
     
  • ‘Folklore, Landscape and Mythology of West Cork’ for Cork County Vocational Education Committee, Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway, West Cork, 16 September 2003

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Dr Jenny Butler is a well known folklorist and scholar of religions. She 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.

 

Dr Butler has given numerous keynote addresses and over eighty conference presentations and invited talks in Ireland and internationally. She has been the recipient of many awards, bursaries and accolades, 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 Cha r lemont Scholar (2017).
 


Dr Butler is currently working on a comparative ethnographic project, Fairy Lore & Landscapes, on the otherworld traditions connected to the landscapes of Ireland, Newfoundland in Canada, and Iceland. The project explores the interconnections of worldviews, customs, and sense of place as intangible cultural heritage.
 

Dr Butler is the President of The Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) and an elected member of the Executive Committee (Publications Officer) of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR). She is a Committee Member of the Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI).

 

Dr Butler founded the research network, the Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism (INSEP), a Regional Network of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), of which she is an Officer of the Executive Board. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Pagan Studies Unit Steering Committee.

Dr Jenny Butler is a Lecturer in the Study of Religions Department, University College Cork, where she teaches various courses including 'Myth & Magic: An Introduction to the Study of Irish Folklore and Mythology', 'Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements', 'Folk Religion in a Globalised World', and 'Contemporary Religions in Ireland'.
 

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Dr Jenny Butler is a well known folklorist and scholar of religions. She 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.

 

Dr Butler has given numerous keynote addresses and over eighty conference presentations and invited talks in Ireland and internationally. She has been the recipient of many awards, bursaries and accolades, 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 Cha r lemont Scholar (2017).
 


Dr Butler is currently working on a comparative ethnographic project, Fairy Lore & Landscapes, on the otherworld traditions connected to the landscapes of Ireland, Newfoundland in Canada, and Iceland. The project explores the interconnections of worldviews, customs, and sense of place as intangible cultural heritage.
 

Dr Butler is the President of The Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) and an elected member of the Executive Committee (Publications Officer) of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR). She is a Committee Member of the Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI).

 

Dr Butler founded the research network, the Irish Network for the Study of Esotericism and Paganism (INSEP), a Regional Network of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), of which she is an Officer of the Executive Board. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Pagan Studies Unit Steering Committee.

Dr Jenny Butler is a Lecturer in the Study of Religions Department, University College Cork, where she teaches various courses including 'Myth & Magic: An Introduction to the Study of Irish Folklore and Mythology', 'Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements', 'Folk Religion in a Globalised World', and 'Contemporary Religions in Ireland'.
 

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