Pagan(ish) Senses and Sensibilities


  • Adrian Ivakhiv University of Vermont



Paganism, Pagan studies, Earth spirituality, Academic biography


An academic biography serves as an opportune moment for thinking about how one's research in Pagan studies fits the larger patterns of one's research and life trajectory. In this (auto)biographer's case, it informs a debate over whether Paganism is or ought to be a religion among other religions, or a set of sensibilities -- including sensorial engagements, individual and collective, with a common material world. I argue that the latter should have its place at the table of Pagan studies, as it draws on the study of Pagan religiosities to produce insights that can inform a much broader set of debates about religion, imagination, environment, identity, and even politics.

Author Biography

Adrian Ivakhiv, University of Vermont

Adrian Ivakhiv is Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.


Adrian Ivakhiv. Claiming Sacred Ground Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.

———. “Coloring Cape Breton ‘Celtic’: Topographies of Culture and Identity in Cape Breton Island,” Ethnologies 27.2 (2006), 107-136.

———. “The Cosmos of the Ancient Slavs.” Gnosis 31 (1994): 28–35.

---------. Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press Environmental Humanities Series, 2013.

———. “Green Pilgrimage: Problems and Prospects for Ecology and Peace-Building,” Pilgrims and Pilgrimages as Peacemakers in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, ed. A. Pazos and C. Gonzales Paz (Ashgate Press/Compostela International Studies in Pilgrimage History and Culture, 2013), 85-103.

———. “In Search of Deeper Identities: Paganism and Native Faith in Contemporary Ukraine,” Nova Religio 8.3 (2005), 7-38.".

———. “Nature and Ethnicity in East European Paganism: An Environmental Ethics of the Religious Right?”, Pomegranate 7.2 (2005), 194-225, reprinted in Paganism (Critical Concepts in Religious Studies), vol. 2, Ecology, ed. B. J. Davy (London: Routledge, 2008), 213-242.

———. “Religious (Re)Turns in the Wake of Global Nature: Toward a Cosmopolitics,” in C. M. Tucker, ed., Nature, Science, and Religion: Intersections Shaping Society and the Environment (Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press, 213-230, 2012).

———. “The Resurgence of Magical Religion as a response to the Crisis of Modernity.” In Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, edited by James R. Lewis, 237¬–65. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996).

———. “The Revival of Ukrainian Native Faith.” Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, ed. Michael F. Strmiska (Oxford, U.K.: ABC-CLIO, 2006), 209-239.

———. “Scholarship on the Ancient Eastern Slavs: A Bibliographic Overview,” Ethnic Forum 15, nos. 1–2 (1995): 162–75.

———. “Stoking the Heart of (a Certain) Europe: Crafting Hybrid Identities in the Ukraine-EU Borderlands,” Spaces of Identity 6.1 (2006), 11-44.

———. “Toward a Geography of ‘Religion’: On the Spatial Dimension of Significance,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96.1 (2005), 169-175.

———. “Toward a Multicultural Ecology,” Organization and Environment 15.4 (2002), 389-409.

Ivakhiv, A. J. and C. M. Tucker, “Intersections of Nature, Science, and Religion: An Introduction,” with Catherine M. Tucker, in C. M. Tucker, ed., Nature, Science, and Religion: Intersections Shaping Society and the Environment (Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press, 3-21, 2012).

Lesiv, Mariya. The Return of Ancestral Gods: Modern Ukrainian Paganism as an Alternative Vision for a Nation. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

Sonevytsky, Maria and Adrian Ivakhiv, “Late Soviet Discourses of Nature and the Natural: Musical Avtentyka, Native Faith, and Environmentalism After Chernobyl,” In Ecomusicology: A Field Guide, ed. Aaron S. Allen and Kevin Dawe (New York: Routledge Research in Music Series, 2016), 135-146.



How to Cite

Ivakhiv, A. (2016). Pagan(ish) Senses and Sensibilities. Pomegranate, 17(1-2), 194–205.



Special Section - Paths into Pagan Studies: Autobiographical Reflections