Maria Vladimirovna Stanyukovich (Russian Academy of Science, Russia)

Her primary interests are in epic, ritual and shamanism, Ifugao studies, Philippine oral literature, anthropology, ethnographic collections, corpus linguistics, ethnolinguistics and ethnobotany, on which topics I have published extensively in Russian and in English.
She conducted fieldwork in Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Dagestan, Cuba (1976-1993) and the Philippines (since 1994 till present). In 2009 She organized a conference ‘Pilipinas Muna!’, the first international forum of Philippine studies in St. Petersburg (with participation of UP Diliman colleagues), and edited its proceedings (‘Pilipinas Muna!’ 2011, 648 pp. in Russian and English). She is a Member of the Advisory Boards of international experts for the University of Cambridge World Oral Literature Project ‘Voices of Vanishing worlds’, and for ‘The Journal of History’, the Philippines, an inner reviewer for Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) and for the UP Diliman Humanities Journal, the Philippines, and a member of editorial board of “Preserving the Ifugao rice terraces: a literature review” (The Humanities and Social Sciences Committee, UNESCO National Comission of the Philippines, Manila, in print). She conducted research on Philippine Cordillera collections at the museums of the Philippines, Sweden, Japan, UK and Poland. Since 2012 I am a research associate of the National Museum of the Philippines, Manila. In 2010-2011 She was a visiting professor (researcher) at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. Since 2013-15 Maria V. Stanyukovich is a Visiting Professor of Comparative mythology at Coventry University, UK.

Nimet Yıldırım (Atatürk University, Turkey)

Nimet YILDIRIM was born in 1963 in Erzurum where he completed his primary and secondary education. In 1988, Yıldırım became a graduate of Atatürk University, department of eastern languages & literatures. Between 1988 – 1920 he worked for the Turkish Religious Foundation, Directorship of the Encyclopedia of Islam as a specialist. In 1989, Yıldırım began his graduate study at the department of Persian Language & Literature at İstanbul University and in 1990, he became a research assistant at Ataturk University, dept. of eastern languages & literatures. In 1992, Yıldırım received his MA degree with his theses named, “Sultan Ahmed-i Celâyir and his Divan named, Kitâbu’l-Mukaddime”, and began his doctoral study in the same department. In 1996, he received his PhD with his theses named, “the Syntax of Sa’dî-yi Şîrâzî’s Bostân and Gülistân”. In 1997, Yıldırım was nominated as an assistant professor and, until 2003, he worked as the head of the department of Persian language. Yıldırım became an associated professor in 2000 and in 2006 he received the title of professor. Nimet Yıldırım is still a faculty member at Ataturk University and the head of the department of Persian language. Professor Yıldırım has a remarkable number of studies in the fields of Persian grammar, Persian literature pre and posterior Islamic periods, Persian mythology, contemporary Persian literature and history of Persia.

Selected works:

  1. Fars Mitolojisi Sözlüğü (Dictionary of Persian Mythology), İstanbul: Kabalcı Publishing, 2008.
  2. Ardaviraf, Ardavirafname, (Translation), İstanbul: Pinhan Publishing, 2012.
  3. İran Mitolojisi (Mythology of Persia), İstanbul: Pinhan Publishing, 2012.

Niels Gaul (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

Professor Niels Gaul is a Byzantinist with research interests primarily in the middle and later Byzantine periods. Together with Curie Virág, he is presently co-directing a Byzantinist-Sinologist project funded by the European Research Council, ‘PAIXUE: Classicizing learning in medieval imperial systems: cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song xue’ (CoG 726371, 2017–2022).

Prior to taking up the inaugural A. G. Leventis Chair at Edinburgh in 2015, Gaul taught Byzantine studies at Central European University (CEU), Budapest (2007–2015) and held the Dilts-Lyell Research Fellowship in Greek Paleography at the University of Oxford/Lincoln College (2005–2007). He holds a master’s degree from Oxford and his PhD from Bonn, where he also spent his undergraduate years.

Professor Gaul serves on the editorial boards of both the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML), with Harvard University Press, and the Translated Texts for Byzantinists (TTB), with Liverpool University Press. For the past three summers, he taught Byzantine Greek at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and look forward to the next session in 2020. In January 2017, Gaul joined the team of tutors on the second Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology jointly hosted by the American Academy in Rome and the Vatican Library.

Selected works:

  1. Gaul, N., Menze, V. and Bálint, C. (eds.) (2018) Center, Province and Periphery in the Age of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos: From De Cerimoniis to De Administrando Imperio. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz
  2. Cameron, A. and Gaul, N. (eds.) (2017) Dialogues and Debate from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium. Abingdon: Abingdon: Routledge
  3. Gaul, N. (forthcoming) Fringe encounters: Translations of antiquity and negotiations of scholarly authority in the margins of Byzantine manuscripts of Ioannes Tzetzes and Manuel Moschopoulos. Harvard Studies in Classical Philology.

Ş. Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)

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Jenny Butler (University College Cork, Ireland)

Dr Jenny Butler is a faculty member of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and sits on the College Executive Management Committee (CEMC). She is a Lecturer in the Study of Religions Department where she teaches on contemporary religions in Ireland, Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements and was formerly a Lecturer with the Department of Folklore and Ethnology (2002-2013).  She is an internationally established researcher in the area of New Religious Movements and the study of Folk Religion, and is a leading scholar in her field, having conducted the first ever ethnographic study of Irish contemporary Paganism, which will be published as the monograph 21st Century Irish Paganism: Worldview, Ritual, Identity, forthcoming from Routledge. Also forthcoming are some edited collections including Folk Metal: Critical Essays on Identity, Myth and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Twin Peaks Phenomenon: Essays on a Show Both Wonderful and Strange (McFarland).

Dr Butler is currently working on a comparative ethnographic project on non-ordinary (otherworldly) beings and landscapes, which explores the interconnections of worldviews, customs, and sense of place as intangible cultural heritage. As part of the exposition of this project, she curated the research exhibition at UCC’s Boole Library (April – June 2019), ‘Fairy Lore and Landscapes: Legends, Lore and Experiences Gathered Through Ethnographic Research’. Her key interests are religions and national identities, death studies, and the study of new religious movements (NRMs) and emergent religious traditions in the Irish context.

Selected works:

  1. Jenny Butler (2019) ‘The Nearest Kin of the Moon: Irish Pagan Witchcraft, Magic(k), and the Celtic Twilight‘ In: Ethan Doyle White and Shai Feraro (eds). Magic and Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of Ronald Hutton’s The Triumph of the Moon. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Butler, Jenny (2017) ‘The Sídhe and Fairy Forts’ In: Young, Simon and Houlbrook, Ceri (eds). Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500 AD to the Present. London: Gibson Square.
  3. Butler, Jenny (2016) ‘Death and Dying in Contemporary Irish Pagan Cosmology’ In: Ryan, Salvador (eds). Death and the Irish: A Miscellany. Dublin: Wordwell.