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Mgr Scott Simpson

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Scott Simpson has an MA in Religious Studies from Jagiellonian University. His academic interests include Ritual Studies, Contemporary Paganism in CEE, and the Sociology and History of food and drink. His personal interests include gardening and cooking.

Professional activities

  • Series editor (with Chas Clifton) Equinox publishing: Contemporary and Historical Paganism. 
  • Editorial board of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies
  • Curator, temporary exhibit “Apokryfy Słowiańskie/Slavic Apocrypha” in the Archaeological Museum in Kraków, 2018-2019
  • Curator, temporary exhibit “Constructing a Vision of Contemporary Paganism in Poland - Franciszek ‘Słońcesław’ Frączek (1908-2006)” in the Jagiellonian University Library Museum, 2011
  • Curator, temporary exhibit “Romantic Imagination and Polish Neo-Paganism” in the Jagiellonian University Library Museum, 2009


Selected Publications

  • “Only Slavic Gods: Nativeness in Polish Rodzimowierstwo” in Kathryn Rountree (ed.) Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Modern Paganism. 2017, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • with Kaarina Aitamurto “The Study of Paganism and Wicca: A Review Essay” in James R. Lewis and Inga B. Tøllefsen (eds.) Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Second Edition. 2016, Oxford: OUP
  • “Men Constructing Masculinity in Polish Rodzimowierstwo: Tradition and Nature” Pantheon. 2015, Pardubice: UPP. ISSN: 1803-2443
  • (ed.) Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Central and Eastern Europe (co-editor with Kaarina Aitamurto), 2013, Durham: Acumen & 2014, Abingdon: Routledge
  • "Strategies for Constructing Religious Practice in Polish Rodzimowierstwo" in Anczyk, A & Grzymała-Moszczyńska, H. Walking the Old Ways: Studies in Contemporary European Paganism. 2012, Katowice: Sacrum.
  • "Joke Religions: Make-Believe in the Sandbox of the Gods" in Ex Nihilo 2(6) 2011, Krakow: PMR.
  • "History and Mythology of Polish Vodka: 1270-2007." Food and History vol. 8 no. 1 (2010) pp.121-148
  • Traveller’s Krakow, Cambridge: Thomas Cook Publishing, 1st edition 2003, 2nd edition 2006, 3rd edition 2008, 4th edition 2011
  • “Slavic Neo-Paganism” (encyclopedia entry) in Taylor, Bron (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. 2005, London & New York: Continuum.
  • Native Faith: Polish Neo-Paganism at the Brink of the 21st Century. NOMOS, 2000.

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