A Postsecular Age? Conference

postsecular ageI was personally invited to present and assist at this year’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion Conference, A Postsecular Age?  New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society, and awarded a full grant by my college, St Stephen’s House.

I will be presenting an area of my research in a paper titled, ‘Rethinking Self-authority’ on Friday, 29th July, at 12pm, in Seminar Room 8 of St Anne’s College:

The concept of self-authority and its definitive nature in studying the diffuse landscape of the intersections between religion and nonreligion is a nearly uncontested thesis. In this paper, I narrate the current thesis of self-authority – that the individual is the ultimate authority in social life – and pose two critical positions against it: (1) that self-authority can be conceived as a doctrine, and (2) that self-authority is one of multiple nonformative authorities. With these two reconceptualisations, I suggest that self-authority is a strategy for individuals to negotiate increasing diversity in pluralised societies.

Complete conference details here:


Hope to see you there!

Oxford University Press

02102015-01b-vsistillI was invited to film a series of promotional videos for Oxford University Press‘ (OUP) Very Short Introduction series, available here for your perusal.

Arts and Humanities: https://youtu.be/tkuvzWcm8bw

Online edition: https://youtu.be/utJqFZHKQyg

[31 January 2017]

Two more promotional videos for other OUP products (reel only; no speaking parts):

Professional Skills for Research Leaders (0:24, 0:30, 1:46): https://youtu.be/5wJx0umai70

Avoiding Plagiarism (1:01): https://youtu.be/EEUnEsuDJ8E

Book Review: ‘Paganistan’

paganistanMy book review of ‘Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota’s Twin Cities’ is now available to read in issue 127 of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) Bulletin.

Full article (pp 34-35):


Murphy Pizza’s Paganistan is a well-written, insider-but-objective, introductory volume to the Pagan community of Minnesota’s Twin Cities (ie, Minneapolis and St Paul) in the United States. Paganistan is the informal emic term that members use to describe this larger community, despite countless smaller groups and sub-groups within the geographical area. The style of the book is appropriately and predictably narrative and descriptive, but its implications are highly relevant and vast for the study of contemporary religion…

Introduction to the Enneagram Workshop

enneagramEver wonder about your ‘soul nature’?  Interested in understanding yourself, as well as others, more deeply?  This Sunday, I will be co-facilitating a workshop introducing the ancient spiritual typing tool of the Enneagram.

We will also be incorporating ‘the Enneagram according to Winnie the Pooh’ (Milne was an Enneagramist).  Don’t miss it!

No cost.  All are welcome!


SPACE at the Sunderland Minster Yurt
Sunday, 14 September 2014
High Street W
, Sunderland SR1 3ET

Facebook invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/294418737426101

Introduction to Anthroposophy Workshop

christ spirit iHave you ever heard of Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education, Biodynamic agriculture, Weleda cosmetics, or Triodos Bank?  Ever wondered about the philosophy behind them?  This Sunday, I will be co-facilitating a workshop introducing basic concepts in Anthroposophy and their presence/relevance in contemporary culture.

We will feature award-winning Biodynamic wines donated by the wonderful people of Sedlescombe vineyards, the first and only Biodynamic winery in the UK!

No cost.  All are welcome!


Borough Common,
‘Passion’ Series: Anthroposophy
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Welsh Congregational Chapel, Basement
90 Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 0EX