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Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Claremont Graduate University 150 E. 10th Street · Claremont, CA

The Conference on Current Pagan Studies

Recent shifts in the political landscape have many people wandering through vales of depression and despair. Attacks on people of color, the poor, the LGBTQ+ community, and the rights of women, have many questioning which side of the wall they belong on. The great divide between rich and the poor continues to yawn ever wider, resulting in deficits in housing, health care, and education for those on the wrong side of the gap. Materialism, commodification, capitalism, and narcissism, fueled by runaway greed, precipitate a rise in dissociative behaviors, disconnects us from ourselves, one another, and the world, and encourages jealous, nihilistic, addictive, and shallow behaviors. The Center for Disease Control heralds the next superbug and enumerates the devastation it may cause. The specter of climate change walks through our towns and cities, bringing with it devastating heat, melting arctic ice, and rising sea levels. Every day the world experiences the loss of endangered species, and the wilderness becomes less wild. The frantic daily news cycle warn us of asteroids careening dangerously close to our precious, fragile planet. The threat of nuclear war, after being lulled to sleep for a few dozen years, has awoken, and threatens to overwhelm the world with fear and fire. Conquest. War. Famine. Death. Extinction looms.

How do we, as animists, polytheists, Pagans, and Witches, and all the other life affirming, earth reverencing, and spiritual peoples, come to terms with this litany of calamity? Monotheist eschatologies are predicated on the notion of salvation; in what way are the eschatologies of Contemporary Paganisms and related spiritualties and religions equipped to deal with the end of the world as we know it? How do we own our personal experience of this tragedy and step forward to become part of the solution or effect change? How do we make changes in our human perceptions, presumptions, and habits? How will stepping into or out of power help the world regain some sense of normalcy? How do we make a new mark in the world, one that is transformative, taking us forward into the future? Or, conversely, how do we take it all in, let it go, and live a meaningful life towards death?

The Conference on Current Pagan Studies invites papers that explore this theme from historical, creative, psychological, spiritual and other points of view. We are looking for papers from all disciplines, because a community needs artists, teachers, scientists, healers, historians, philosophers, educators, thinkers, activists, etc. As usual we are using the word “Pagan” in its most inclusive form, covering Pagans, Wiccans, Witches and the numerous hybrids that have sprung up as well as any indigenous groups that feel akin to or want to be in conversation with Contemporary Pagans.

Cost & Registration:
$55

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http://www.paganconference.com/registration.html

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Chas S. Clifton and Judy Grahn

Saturday
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8:00-8:45 Registration and coffee & Pasteries

8:45- 9:00 Welcome Talk- Kahena Viale

9:00- 10:30 Session One

10:30- 10:45 Break

10:45- 12:15 Session Two

12:15- 12:45 Lunch merging into....

12:45- 2:00 Keynote Presentation

2:00- 2:15 Break

2:15- 3:45 Session Three

3:45- 4:00 Break

4:00- 5:30 Session Four

6:00 Ritual

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Sunday
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8:00-8:45 Registration and coffee & Pasteries

8:45- 9:00 Welcome Talk- Kahena Viale

9:00- 10:30 Session Five

10:30- 10:45 Break

10:45- 12:15 Session Six

12:15- 12:45 Lunch merging into....

12:45- 2:00 Keynote Presentation

2:00- 2:15 Break

2:15- 3:45 Session Seven

3:45- 4:00 Break

4:00- 5:30 Session Eight

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