Thursday, 14 August 2014

New publication: Two book reviews in the latest volume of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies

Just a quick update to advertise the release of volume 15 of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, which appeared online over at the journal's website earlier this week. Regular readers of Albion Calling will be aware that The Pomegranate is one of my favourite peer-reviewed journals, constituting the only such academic outlet devoted to the field of Pagan studies, and that as such I have been a very regular contributor to it over the past few years. The Pom, as it is affectionately known to myself and various others, has unfortunately had to face some delays over the past few years (which explains why the current volume is dated to "2013") and as a result this one is a bumper-issue, with two issues combined into the same volume. From the looks of the contents (available here) there is some great stuff in here, from research articles on gender in Russian Rodnoverie to theoretical discussions on the field, and I'm really looking forward to the release of the print edition. 

On a more personal point I'd like to highlight that this current volume contains not one but two distinct book reviews authored by yours truly. The first (here) constitutes my critical analysis of Pop Pagans, an academic anthology edited by Donna Weston and Andy Bennett which explores the intersection between Pagan religions and popular music. The second (here) is a dual-review, in that it reviews two books published in the last few years exploring one of twentieth-century Britain's most intriguing figures, Aleister Crowley, a Pagan occultist who founded the new religious movement of Thelema in 1904. The books in question are Tobias Churton's Aleister Crowley: The Biography, and Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr's academic anthology on Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism. Thanks to Equinox Publishing, who bring us The Pomegranate, both reviews are available online for free and I have uploaded PDF copies to my academia.edu account, which I welcome you to check out!

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