Jenny Butler (University College Cork, Ireland)

Speech: Celtic Gods in a New Age: the Significance of Myth in the Identity, Worldview and Practice of Contemporary Irish Pagans

Dr Jenny Butler is a faculty member at University College Cork, Ireland in the Study of Religions Department. Her areas of study combine her expertise in Folklore Studies and Religious Studies and include new religious movements and emergent religious traditions in the Irish context, and myth, legend, and folk religion in comparative contexts. Dr Butler’s doctoral research was an ethnographic study of contemporary Paganism in Ireland and examined the contemporary significance of, and engagement with, Celtic mythology by practitioners of this religious movement. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC), a Committee Member of the Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI), an Officer of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), Secretary of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR), and was more recently elected to the Executive Committee of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR).  

Selected Works:

1. Butler, Jenny (2019) ‘The Nearest Kin of the Moon: Irish Pagan Witchcraft, Magic(k), and the Celtic Twilight’ In Doyle White, Ethan and Feraro, Shai (eds.), Magic and Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of Ronald Hutton’s The Triumph of the Moon, pp. 85-106. Cham, Palgrave McMillan. Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic.

2. Butler, Jenny (2018) ‘Entering the Magic Mists: Irish Contemporary Paganism, Celticity and Indigeneity’. International Journal for the Study of New Religions (IJSNR) 9:2: 177-194. Special Issue: Indigenizing Movements in Europe, Guest Edited by Graham Harvey.

3. Butler, Jenny (2015) ‘Remembrance of the Ancestors in Contemporary Paganism: Lineage, Identity and Cultural Belonging in the Irish Context’. The Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (JISASR) 2:1: 94-118.

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.

Kaliya Kulalieva ( Kyrgyz-Turkish University Manas)

Dr. Kaliya Kulalieva graduated from Bishkek Humanities University, faculty of Kyrgyz language and Literature in 1997. She became a PhD student of Folklore and Kyrgyz Literature as a scientific branch at Kyrgyz State University named after Jusup Balasagyn and she successfully did her defence on “Ideal and aesthetic parallelism in the epic “Manas” and in the epic poem “Wisdom of Royal Glory” by Jusup Balasagyn” in 2004. From 1999 till 2005 she worked as a teacher and from 2004 to 2010 as a coordinator (senior teacher, Dr) of the Kyrgyz language department at High School of Foreign Languages at Kyrgyz-Turkish University Manas. Now she has been working as a senior teacher, Dr of Kyrgyz-Turkish programme of Translation department, in Humanities faculty of Kyrgyz-Turkish University Manas.

She has publications and research works on the epic “Manas”, Turkish and Kyrgyz Fairy tales and Kyrgyz language teaching. More than 20 textbooks and supplementary textbooks on Kyrgyz language teaching have been published. She participated in the symposia devoted to Kyrgyz mythology and national education in Russia, Turkey and Poland and her translations from Turkish into Kyrgyz and from Kyrgyz into Turkish were published.  She translated Indian fairy tales from English into Kyrgyz. Being responsible as a researcher and a manager of other projects, Kaliya Kulalieva  is conducting a research project called Thematic structure I of the epic “Manas” supported by KTU Manas and Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences (2018-2019)

Selected works:

1. Kulalieva K.O. Thematic plot indicator of the epic “Manas”: meaning and content, structural peculiarities.  North East federal university named after M.K.Ammosova Herald. Epic studies series №3(15), 2019. – С. 17-24.

2. Kulalieva K.O. 2013 Ideal and aesthetic parallelism in the epic “Manas” and in the epic poem “Wisdom of Royal Glory” by Jusup Balasagyn.  Monograph. Bishkek – 191 pages

3. Kulalieva K.O. Ethnohermeneutics of the epic “Manas” // The russian language as a factor of cultural educational intergaration of the community: collection of scientific works responsible editors N.Morozova, M.V.Pimenova .– Saint Petersburg  2016 (Series:  “Conceptual and lingual words”. Edition. 11.) – pages 70-76.

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.

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

Halil Turan is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, Middle East Technical University. He has published papers and book chapters on the history of modern philosophy, phenomenology, ethics, aesthetics and political philosophy in English and Turkish; co-authored Dictionary of Logic (in Turkish, Mantık Terimleri Sözlüğü) with Teo Grünberg et al. He has co-edited the book New Perspectives on India and Turkey and contributed to it. He is an executive member of SANART, the Association of Aesthetics and Visual Culture of Turkey.

Selected Works:

  1. Turan, H. (2009) “Memory and the Myth of Prometheus”, Analecta Husserliana, 101, 5-15.
  2. Turan, H. (1995) “Tekhne, Bilim, Felsefe ve Siyaset”, Felsefe Dünyası, 18, 65-68.
  3. Turan, H. (2011) “Eskiçağ Edebiyatından Kimi Kahramanlar:  Etik ve Estetik”, Türkiye Felsefe Kurumu İstanbul Seminerleri, 1-2 Aralık.

Mustafa Yıldız (Ardahan University)

Mustafa Yıldız graduated from İstanbul University, Department of Philosophy in 1995. He completed his master’s degree in Erciyes University, Department of Philosophy in 2001 with his thesis titled “İbn Sina ve Gazali’nin Akıl Öğretilerinde Kutsal Akıl” and received his PhD in 2010 with his dissertation titled “Farabi’nin Toplum ve Devlet Görüşü” from the same department. In 2013, he studied with Richard C. Taylor at Marquette University/USA. He worked as an Associate Professor at Erciyes University, Department of Philosophy. Currently, he is working as a Professor at Ardahan University, Faculty of Theology, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Selected works:

  1. Yıldız, Mustafa. Erdem Tartışmaları, İbn Miskeveyh’in Erdem Öğretisi, 313-336, Doğu Kütüphanesi Yayınları, 2020.
  2.  Yıldız, Mustafa. Türk Siyasi Bilgeliğinin Kadim Kapıları, ISBN:978-605-155-613-0, Ötüken Neşriyat, 2017.
  3. Yıldız, Mustafa. Edebiyatın Felsefî Temeli Üzerine, Kutadgubilig, 2014, 229-248.
  4. Yıldız, Mustafa. Spinoza’da İnsan-Doğası Siyaset İlişkisi Üzerine Bir Deneme, Tarih Kültür ve Sanat Araştırmaları Dergisi, 2012, 1, 1-25.
  5. Yıldız, Mustafa. İbn Sina’nın Kutsal Akıl Öğretisi, İslamî Araştırmalar, 2010, 83-108.

Tansu Açık (Ankara University, Turkey)

Dr. Tansu Açık is a classicist , apart from  Greek religion, reception studies and cultural history of West with a view of Greco-Roman classics, one of his interest is comparative religous history and he  has given courses and lectures about this topics.

1987  University of Ankara Faculty of Letters (AÜ DTCF) Latin Language and Literature B.A.

1988 Research assistant in DTCF Greek Language and Literature. 1989 at the same department M.A. by the thesis entitled”The Birth of Retorical Theory” .1989-1990 Holder of Greek Goverment Scholarship ,full time resident student at British School Of Archeology in Athens; modern Greek certificate from University of Athens.1992  Invited by The Academy of Athens the last revision of Greek-Turkish Dictionary before the publication.1997 AÜ DTCF  Ph. D. by the thesis entitled “Chorus: Thefunction of it in the structure of Tragedy”.  2008-2009  UC Berkeley, Department of Classics, fulbright senior scholar grant.2012 AÜ DTCF full professor.  2014 Chair of Greek language and literature department, 2017 retirement.

  1. Troia Düşüşü”,  Virgül, Aylık kitap ve eleştiri dergisi, 2002 sayı 56
  2. What is a Classic According to T.S. Eliot and H.-G. Gadamer?”,  The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8 number 8, 2017
  3. Lucretius’un Evren Şiiri“, Virgül, Aylık kitap ve eleştiri dergisi, Mayıs 2003 sayı 62.

Mustafa Demirci (Selçuk University, Turkey)

Mustafa Demirci was born in 1967 in Tahtalı Village of Çumra district of Konya. After completing his secondary and high school education in Karaman Religious Vocational High School as a public boarder (1986), he enrolled into Selçuk University Faculty of Theology and graduated in 1991. Then, he started his master’s degree at the Social Sciences Institute of Selçuk University (1992) and graduated in 1995 with his MA thesis entitled as “Beytü’l-Hikme: Establishment, Activities and Impacts“. Meanwhile, he started to work as a research assistant at the Faculty of Theology at Yüzüncü Yıl University in the field of Islamic History and Arts (1994). In the same year, he started his PhD at Marmara University, Institute of Social Sciences (1995). During his Ph.D education, he worked as a visiting scholar at Jordan University between 1997-1998. At the same time, he visited such Middle Eastearn countries as Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. In 2001, he completed his PhD at Marmara University with his dissertation entitled as “Ground System in Abbasid Period”. Then, he returned to the Faculty of Theology at Yüzüncü Yıl University. Between 2001-2005, he worked as a PhD research assistant. He was assigned as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and as an Associate Professor in 2006. In 2007, he started working at Selçuk University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of History within the discipline of medieval studies. In June 2011 he was appointed as a Professor. He is still working as a faculty member at the same university. He is married and has three children and speaks Arabic, English and French.

Administrative Positions: Selcuk University Institute of Social Sciences Directorate (2016 -…), Selcuk Research Center (SUSAM) Directorate (2014-2016) and Selcuk University Museum and Culture-Art Center Directorate (2016 -…), Head of the Department of Medieval History (2007 -…). In addition, he has served at various positions of the University such as Scientific Research Projects (BAP) Social Sciences Commission Chair, SU BAP senior committee member, Distance Education Center (UZEM) Board member, Atatürk Student Dormitory Board member. For the museum being established in Selcuk University, he is initiating to found “Seljuk Sultans and Civilization Museum”.

Academic interests: He has published many papers and proceedings related to the following topics: Socio-economic aspects of Islamic History, Abbasid period; Seljuk history and civilization, the history of Islamic civilization: emergence, developmental stages, trends of growth and decline, Islamic Science History, Islamic cities, Seljuk civilization history, Islamic socio-economic history. He was the president of two major international congresses on the history of the Seljuks: (Science and Thought in the Seljuks, (I-IV volume) Konya 2011; Seljuks home Crusaders (I-III volume) Konya 2016). He has chaired and led many symposiums and scientific meetings. He also works on academic and intellectual issues such as European centrism and Orientalism, which he perceives as a veil in the understanding of Islamic civilization. He also organized an international workshop (colloquium) entitled as “Getting Beyond Eurocentrism” (Konya 2013)

Selected Works:

1-Beytül Hikme, İstanbul- 1996, 2013, 2017.

2-İslam’in ilk Üç asrında Toprak Sistemi, İstanbul 2003.

3-Siyah Öfke, Konya 2005, 2016.

4-İslam’ın Dört Çağı: Bir Dönemlendirme Denemesi, 2011.

5-Selçuklularda Bilim ve Düşünce, Konya 2013.(editor)

6-Su Medeniyeti, Konya 2011, 2015(editor).