Ms Jennifer Butler
Department of Folklore, 5 Elderwood, College Road, University College Cork, Cork
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Dr. Jenny Butler has been a Lecturer with the Department of Folklore and Ethnology since 2002. She was awarded a Government of Ireland Research Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences by The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) in support of her doctoral research on Irish neo-pagan culture.
In 2010, she was awarded a Dobbin Scholarship, sponsored by AGF International and supported by the Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) for an ongoing project on "Comparative ethnographic analysis of supernatural folklore of Ireland and Newfoundland". She is also producing an ethnographic documentary on fairy folklore similar to Ireland and Newfoundland, which was funded by the Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership Scheme.
Her key interests are belief narratives, legends and, specifically, traditions connected to supernatural beings. Another main interest is that of identity construction in New Religious Movements and in popular religious practices more generally. She is a member of The Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR).
She also has an interest in calendar customs and festivals and is a member of the SIEF (Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore) Ritual Year Working Group. Her other research interests include the study of ritual, mythology, and also the relationship between media, popular culture and traditional worldviews.