Researcher
Bealoideas
Department of Folklore, 5 Elderwood, College Road, University College Cork, Cork

T: + 353 21 490 3935
E: j.butler@ucc.ie

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. Her thesis was titled "Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview, Ritual and Identity".


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, which is a comparative ethnographic analysis of supernatural folklore of Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada. 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 committee member of The Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) and a formal Collaborator of the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC), University College Cork.
 

  • Jenny Butler's primary research interests are in the following areas: Contemporary Paganism/Neo-pagan culture; New Religious Movements; Ritual Studies; Narrative (particularly legends and belief narratives); Death ritual and beliefs about death, dying and the afterlife; Mythology; Supernatural folklore (especially beliefs and traditions connected to supernatural beings and sacred places); Traditional medicine, charms, cures and healing practices 










 ProjectRoleDescriptionStart DateEnd Date
Ireland-Newfoundland Supernatural BeliefPrincipal InvestigatorUC01-MAR-0930-SEP-09

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2013)'Paganism in Ireland: Syncretic Processes, Identity and a Sense of Place'
Butler, Jenny (2013) 'Paganism in Ireland: Syncretic Processes, Identity and a Sense of Place' In: Rountree, Kathryn (eds). Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe: Colonial and Nationalist Impulses. Oxford and Brooklyn, NY: Berghahn Books. [Details]
(2012)'St. Patrick, Folklore and Irish National Identity'
Butler, Jenny (2012) 'St. Patrick, Folklore and Irish National Identity' In: Heimo, Anne; Hovi, Tuomas; Vasenkari, Maria (eds). Saint Urho - Pyhä Urho - From Fakelore To Folklore. Finland: University of Turku. [Details]
(2011)'Magic and Supernatural Themes in Carnivàle'
Butler, Jenny; (2011) 'Magic and Supernatural Themes in Carnivàle' In: Aloi, P. and Johnston, H (eds). Bloodlust and Dust: Essays on HBO's Carnivàle. Jefferson, NC: USA: McFarland. [Details]
(2011)'Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Identity'
Butler, Jenny; (2011) 'Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Identity' In: Cosgrove, O., Cox, L., Kuhling, C. and Mulholland, P (eds). Ireland's New Religious Movements. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2009)'Neo-Pagan Celebrations of Samhain'
Butler, Jenny; (2009) 'Neo-Pagan Celebrations of Samhain' In: Foley, M. and O'Donnell, H (eds). Treat or Trick? Halloween in a Globalising World. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2008)'Symbolic and Social Roles of Women in Death Ritual in Traditional Irish Society'
Butler, Jenny; (2008) 'Symbolic and Social Roles of Women in Death Ritual in Traditional Irish Society' In: Håland, E. J (eds). Women, Pain and Death: Rituals and Everyday Life on the Margins of Europe and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2007)'Holistic Health and New Age in the British Isles'
Butler, Jenny and Maria Tighe; (2007) 'Holistic Health and New Age in the British Isles' In: Kemp, D. and Lewis, J. R (eds). Handbook of New Age. Leiden and Boston: Brill. [Details]
(2005)'Druidry in Contemporary Ireland'
Butler, Jenny; (2005) 'Druidry in Contemporary Ireland' In: Strmiska, M (eds). Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives. Santa Barbara, California; Denver, Colorado; Oxford, England: ABC-CLIO. [Details]
(2004)'Neo-pagan Ritual Practice as Visual Culture and Creative Expression of Identity'
Butler, Jenny; (2004) 'Neo-pagan Ritual Practice as Visual Culture and Creative Expression of Identity' In: Kockel, U. and Nic Craith, M (eds). Communicating Cultures. New Brunswick, USA and London, UK: LIT Verlag. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2002)'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year'
Butler, Jenny; (2002) 'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year'. Cosmos, 18 :121-142 [Details]
(2009)'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Gender'
Butler, Jenny; (2009) 'The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Gender'. Cosmos, 25 (25):191-200 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2003)'Ireland's Sacred Landscape: Neo-pagan Worldview and the Ritual Utilisation of Sacred Sites'
Butler, Jenny; (2003) 'Ireland's Sacred Landscape: Neo-pagan Worldview and the Ritual Utilisation of Sacred Sites' Béascna Journal of Folklore and Ethnology, 2 :29-45. [Details]
(2011)'An Ethnographic Study of Irish Neo-Pagan Culture'
Butler, Jenny; (2011) 'An Ethnographic Study of Irish Neo-Pagan Culture' The Boolean, 2 . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2011)The Ritual Year and Gender
Collection of Papers; (2011) The Ritual Year 4: The Ritual Year and Gender . In: Butler, Jenny (Guest Editor) with Emily Lyle (General Editor) eds. The Ritual Year and Gender Cork, [Details]
(2008)Ritual Year 3: The Ritual Year and History
Butler, Jenny; (2008) The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Historical Reinterpretations Ritual Year 3: The Ritual Year and History , pp.72-78 [Details]
(2007)Ritual Year 2: The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Midsummer Magic: Neo-Pagan Celebrations of the Summer Solstice Ritual Year 2: The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity , pp.45-50 [Details]
(2004)Proceedings of the Congress Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated
Butler, Jenny; (2004) Expressions of the Sacred in Contemporary Pagan Culture in Ireland . In: Piterskaja, E. S. and Kharitonova V. I eds. Proceedings of the Congress Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated Moscow, Russia, , pp.162-171 [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2013)Meanings of Madness: Critical and Creative Perspectives,
Butler, Jenny (2013) Folklore and Madness: Traditional Beliefs and Contemporary Popular Conceptions of Madness in the Irish Context. [Oral Presentation], Meanings of Madness: Critical and Creative Perspectives, University College Cork , 13-NOV-13 - 14-NOV-13
(2013)Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Seminar,
Butler, Jenny (2013) Living the Magical Life: Supernatural Forces in Contemporary Pagan Worldview. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Seminar, University College Cork , 01-OCT-13 - 02-OCT-13
(2013)Paper: Fairy trees and holy wells as sites of nexus between different popular religious traditions,
Butler, Jenny (2013) ISASR Conference 2013 - Ireland, America and transnationalism: studying religions in a globalised world. [Oral Presentation], Paper: Fairy trees and holy wells as sites of nexus between different popular religious traditions, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin , 10-MAY-13 - 12-MAY-13
(2012)ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland,
Butler, Jenny (2012) Member of Action Committee to organise the first conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions. [Conference Organising Committee Member], ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland, Study of Religions Department, University College Cork , 26-MAY-11 - 26-MAY-12
(2012)ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland,
Butler, Jenny (2012) Paper: Researching Irish Neo-Paganism: exploring issues of ethnographic practice, spiritual experience narrative and religious worldview. [Oral Presentation], ISASR Conference - Emerging Perspectives: Religions and Ireland, Study of Religions Department, University College Cork , 25-MAY-12 - 26-MAY-12
(2009)Alternative spiritualities, the New Age and New Religious Movements in Ireland,
Butler, Jenny; (2009) Paper: Irish Neopaganism: Worldview and Identity. [Oral Presentation], Alternative spiritualities, the New Age and New Religious Movements in Ireland, NUI Maynooth, Ireland , 30-OCT-09 - 31-OCT-09
(2009)The Power of the Mask Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2009) Paper: Masks and Processions in the Traditional Irish Ritual Year. [Oral Presentation], The Power of the Mask Conference, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania , 02-JUL-09 - 06-JUL-09
(2008)The Ritual Year and Gender Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Guest Editor RY4: The Ritual Year and Gender. [Editorship of Whole Conference Proceedings], The Ritual Year and Gender Conference, Cork, Ireland , 22-JUN-08 - 26-JUN-08
(2008)The Ritual Year and Gender Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Paper: The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year and Gender. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year and Gender Conference, Cork, Ireland , 22-JUN-08 - 26-JUN-08
(2008)The Ritual Year and Gender Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Organiser: Fourth conference of the SIEF Ritual Year Working Group. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Ritual Year and Gender Conference, Cork, Ireland , 22-JUN-08 - 26-JUN-08
(2008)Transcending European Heritages: Liberating the Ethnological Imagination,
Butler, Jenny; (2008) Paper: Celticity as a Cultural Resource in Irish Neo-Paganism. [Oral Presentation], Transcending European Heritages: Liberating the Ethnological Imagination, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland , 16-JUN-08 - 20-JUN-08
(2007)Trees in Legend and Tradition: English Folklore Society Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: Fairy Trees and Sacred Groves: Trees in Neo-Pagan Worldview and Ritual Practice. [Oral Presentation], Trees in Legend and Tradition: English Folklore Society Conference, Weald and Downland Folk Museum, Singleton, East Sussex, England , 01-SEP-07 - 02-SEP-07
(2007)The Ritual Year and History,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: History of Neo-Paganism and Neo-Pagan Reinterpretations of History. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year and History, Straznice, Czech Republic , 25-MAY-07 - 29-MAY-07
(2007)Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: Neo-Pagan Charms. [Oral Presentation], Charms, Charmers and Charming Conference, Pécs, Hungary , 11-MAY-07 - 13-MAY-07
(2007)Challenging Cultures of Death: Mercy Not Sacrifice,
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Paper: Neo-Paganism as a Life-Embracing Spirituality. [Oral Presentation], Challenging Cultures of Death: Mercy Not Sacrifice, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland , 02-NOV-07 - 04-NOV-07
(2006)International Conference on Halloween,
Butler, Jenny; (2006) Paper: Neo-Pagan Celebrations of the Festival of Samhain. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Halloween, Glasgow, Scotland, UK , 31-OCT-06 - 01-NOV-06
(2006)The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity,
Butler, Jenny; (2006) Paper: Neo-Pagan Celebrations of the Summer Solstice. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity, Gothenburg, Sweden , 07-JUN-06 - 11-JUN-06
(2006)Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media,
Butler, Jenny; (2006) Paper: Irish Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media. [Oral Presentation], Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA , 18-MAY-06 - 21-MAY-06
(2005)14th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR),
Butler, Jenny; (2005) Paper: Personal Spiritual Narratives of Irish Neo-Pagans. [Oral Presentation], 14th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), Tartu, Estonia , 26-JUL-05 - 31-JUL-05
(2005)The 5th Celtic-Nordic-Baltic Folklore Symposium on Folk Legends,
Butler, Jenny; (2005) Paper: Celtic Legends and the Irish Neo-Pagan Community. [Oral Presentation], The 5th Celtic-Nordic-Baltic Folklore Symposium on Folk Legends, Reykjavík, Iceland , 15-JUN-05 - 18-JUN-05
(2004)Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated,
Butler, Jenny; (2004) Paper: Expressions of the Sacred in Contemporary Pagan Culture in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Sacral Through the Eyes of the Lay and the Initiated, Moscow, Russia , 20-JUN-04 - 30-JUN-04
(2004)The Ritual Year Conference,
Butler, Jenny; (2004) Paper: The Neo-Pagan Ritual Year. [Oral Presentation], The Ritual Year Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland , 07-JUL-04 - 07-JUL-04
(2004)ASANAS (Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies) Goes Mainstream?,
Butler, Jenny; (2004) Paper: Neo-Paganism and the Domain of Alternative Healing in Contemporary Ireland. [Oral Presentation], ASANAS (Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies) Goes Mainstream?, University of Wolverhampton, England , 21-MAY-04 - 21-MAY-04
(2003)From Vernacular Religion to Contemporary Spirituality: Locating Religion in European Ethnology,
Butler, Jenny; (2003) Paper: Neo-Pagan Ritual Practice in Ireland as Cultural Process. [Oral Presentation], From Vernacular Religion to Contemporary Spirituality: Locating Religion in European Ethnology, Open University, Milton Keynes, England , 10-JAN-03 - 11-JAN-03
(2003)Language, Literature and the Imaginaire,
Butler, Jenny; (2003) Paper: The Imaginaire of Neo-Pagan Discourse: Perceptions of Landscape. [Oral Presentation], Language, Literature and the Imaginaire, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland , 02-MAY-03 - 04-MAY-03
(2003)Alternative Spirituality and New Age Studies (ASANAS),
Butler, Jenny; (2003) Paper: Ireland's Neo-Pagan Community: Worldview and Ritual. [Oral Presentation], Alternative Spirituality and New Age Studies (ASANAS), Open University in Milton Keynes, England , 30-MAY-03 - 01-JUN-03
(2002)Ireland's Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Consumption, Method and Memory,
Butler, Jenny; (2002) Paper: Ireland's Sacred Landscape: Neo-Pagan Worldview and the Ritual Utilisation of Heritage Sites. [Oral Presentation], Ireland's Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Consumption, Method and Memory, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Castlebar, Ireland , 18-OCT-02 - 20-OCT-02
(2002)Communicating Cultures,
Butler, Jenny; (2002) Paper: Irish Neo-Pagan Ritual Practice: Visual Representations of Culture and Creative Expressions of Identity. [Oral Presentation], Communicating Cultures, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland , 20-JUN-02 - 22-JUN-02

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2007)Report on the Conference: Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media. Harvard University, Cambridge, USA May 18th-21st 2006. In Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies (JASANAS), Vol. 3.
Butler, Jenny; (2007) Report on the Conference: Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media. Harvard University, Cambridge, USA May 18th-21st 2006. In Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies (JASANAS), Vol. 3. Kempress Ltd, London. [Full Text] [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2012)The Cultural Significance of the Amulet Project.
Butler, Jenny (2012) The Cultural Significance of the Amulet Project. Articles [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2005)Review of Kathryn Rountree's Embracing the Witch and the Goddess - Feminist Ritual-Makers in New-Zealand in Cosmos, Vol. 21, No. 1: June 2005, 127-129.
Butler, Jenny; (2005) Review of Kathryn Rountree's Embracing the Witch and the Goddess - Feminist Ritual-Makers in New-Zealand in Cosmos, Vol. 21, No. 1: June 2005, 127-129. Book Reviews [Details]
(2014)Review of Kathryn Rountree’s Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society (2010, Ashgate) in The Pomegranate Journal of Pagan Studies.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Review of Kathryn Rountree’s Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society (2010, Ashgate) in The Pomegranate Journal of Pagan Studies. Book Reviews [Details]

Commissioned Compositions

 YearPublication
(2013)The Amulet Project, Folklore and Social Change.
Butler, Jenny (2013) The Amulet Project, Folklore and Social Change. Commissioned Compositions [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

 YearPublication
(2014)Changelings.
Butler, Jenny (2014) Changelings. Santa Barbara, California: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2006)Halloween's Celtic Roots (Interview with Jenny Butler).
Archaeology: A Publication of the Archaeological Institute of America; (2006) Halloween's Celtic Roots (Interview with Jenny Butler). http://www.archaeology.org/online/interviews/butler.html: Magazine article [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2012)Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview, Ritual and Identity.
Butler, Jenny (2012) Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview, Ritual and Identity. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2010Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) Dobbin Scholarship Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF)
2008Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership Research Bursary Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership
2001Government of Ireland Research Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
2001Title of UCC College Scholar - Undergraduate scholarship awarded in recognition of high grades University College Cork's Undergraduate College Scholarships Scheme
2000Title of UCC College Scholar - Undergraduate scholarship awarded in recognition of high grades University College Cork's Undergraduate College Scholarships Scheme

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
American Folklore Society (AFS) Member/
Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC) Formal Collaborator01-OCT-13 /
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Committee Member10-MAY-13 / 10-MAY-16
Cosmos Journal Peer Reviewer (Occasional basis)01-FEB-12 / 10-MAR-12
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Member09-MAR-11 /
Erasmus Teaching Staff Mobility Programme Guest Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology and Folkloristics, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 201112-SEP-11 / 16-SEP-11
Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) Ritual Year Working Group Member and on the Advisory Board for Ritual Year Working Group publications/
UCC History Archives Oral History Project Interviewer01-OCT-08 / 30-APR-10
Erasmus Teaching Staff Mobility Programme Guest Lecturer at the Department of European Ethnology, University of Turku, Finland, 200919-APR-09 / 24-APR-09
Béascna Journal of Folklore and Ethnology Co-Editor of Béascna Journal Volume 2 and Volume 3/
The Cork Northside Folklore Project (CNFP) Research Coordinator (2006)10-JAN-06 / 20-DEC-06
UCC Folklore Society Organiser and Auditor 2002-0315-SEP-02 / 30-APR-03

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Member2013 / 2016
The Action Committee of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Member2011 / 2012
Conference Organising Committee - Organiser of The Ritual Year and Gender Conference, 2008 Principal Organiser/
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) Third Conference Organising Committee Member of Organising Committee2013 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Dublin City University, Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) Instructor of Celtic Studies course as part of the Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) Summer-School Programme 2006, Dublin City University/
Cork County Vocational Education Committee (VEC) Instructor of a course on Local History01-MAR-05 / 15-JUN-05
Ashton Community College, Blackrock, Cork Instructor of Adult-Education Night Class01-SEP-05 / 30-APR-06
Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI), Dublin City University Instructor04-OCT-03 / 26-JUL-08

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2013University College Cork PhDFolklore and Ethnology
2001University College Cork BAPhilosophy and Folklore (Joint Honours)

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
RTE - Researcher for Television Programme
Research was carried out for a television programme on festivals. The research focused on mythology and folklore surrounding one festival in particular and documented how this time was celebrated historically in Ireland.

Outreach Activities

 Description

The Amulet Project: Jenny Butler was involved, in an advisory capacity, with this project, based at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) April - December 2010. It was a visual arts project involving local Cork community groups of women, led by the Ballyphehane & Togher Community Art & Craft Initiative. The groups created remembrance amulets and layettes for stillborn babies and also made keepsake amulets for living babies, using traditional crafts such as crocheting, beadwork and knitting. The artist Marie Brett (MA in Visual Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London), CUMH staff  (including directors of Neo-Natal and Bereavement and Loss sections), HSE Cork Arts & Health Programme and The Arts Council were partners on the venture. Cork Film Centre collaborated with the group to help produce an audiovisual record of the project. Jenny Butler held a consultative role on the project with regard to folklore surrounding stillbirth and dead child traditions.

Other Activities

 Description

Interview with Jenny Butler about Irish Paganism.
Interviewer: David Jenkins for 2XXFM Canberra Community Radio, Australia: Watch on Youtube

Doctoral Showcase UCC 2011: Talk on Irish Pagan Culture

Invited Lectures:

   
  • Guest Lecture: "Irish Folklore and the Supernatural" for the EIL Intercultural Learning Programme at The Ambassador Hotel, Cork city, Ireland, 4 July, 2013.
  • Guest Lecture: "Irish Neo-Paganism: Worldview and Ritual Practices" for the Association of Icelandic Folklorists (Félag Þjóðfræðinga Á Íslandi) at The University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, September 14th, 2011.
  • Guest Lecture: "Folk and Popular Belief Systems" for Cork Northside Folklore Project, St. Finbarr's College, Farranferris College, Cork, 2010.
  • Guest Lecture: "Glimpsing the Supernatural: From Pagan Gods to Fairies" for Mythic Links Mythology Group, Dublin, Ireland, April 2nd, 2009.
  • Guest lecture: "Fire, Fairies & Sun Gods: Tara and Contemporary Paganism" for The Office of Public Works, Hill of Tara Visitor Centre, Co. Meath, Ireland, 18th July, 2007.
  • Guest Lecture: "Danú as Mother Goddess in Irish Mythology" for IRD Duhallow seminar on "Danú and Spirituality - a Spirit of Belonging", Rathmore, Co. Kerry, 2007.
  • Guest Lecture: "Traditional Irish Festival Celebrations" for The Centre for Irish Cultural Studies, Sacred Heart University, Dingle Campus, Kerry, January, 2006.
  • Guest Lecture: "Folklore, Oral History and Heritage" for Cloyne Literary and Historical Society, Cloyne, East Cork, Ireland, 2004.
  • Guest Lecture: "Folklore, Landscape and Mythology of West Cork" for Cork County Vocational Education Committee, Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway, West Cork, 2003.

Jenny Butler's teaching areas include the examination of worldview, traditional cosmologies, belief and ritual behaviour. Teaching interests range from the customs and beliefs of the early modern period in Ireland to contemporary urban ethnology, popular culture and media studies.

She has taught the following modules in the undergraduate degree programme in Folklore and Ethnology:

An Introduction to Folklore and Popular Culture.

  • The Rise of Folklore and Ethnology: a course on the history of folklore collection and the beginnings of ethnological scholarship in Ireland and elsewhere.
  • Worldview and its Externalisations: a course on belief-systems and expressions of belief through ritual custom.
  • Irish Folklore and History: a course that examines the intellectual and ideological background and historical development of folklore collection and study in Ireland.
  • Urban Ethnology, Popular Culture and Modernity: a course on urban studies and contemporary popular culture.
  • Tradition in a Changing World: a course that examines traditional culture in new contexts and looks at new areas of folklore research and the development of new approaches to the study of changing culture.
  • History, Memory, Folklore: a course that deals with the concept of folklore and the relationship between the oral tradition and written history.
  • Narrative, Belief and Ritual in Everyday Life: a course that examines the interrelationship of belief, verbal and ritual behaviour.
  • The Early Start Semester in Folklore and Ethnology: (Special programme for Visiting Students): a course on Irish culture taught to visiting American undergraduates. Jenny Butler's classes as part of this course deal with the concept of "sacred landscape" and legends connected to sacred sites. The programme also involves excursions with the students to heritage sites and other places of cultural interest.
  • Folklore in a Changing World: a course that investigates the place of "tradition" in the contemporary world, the role of folklore as a discipline in the study of changing culture, and related areas of heritage "ownership" and cultural identity.

Academic year 2007/08: Jenny Butler gave a series of guest lectures for the Study of Religions Department  UCC

She has also taught in the area of Adult Education through University College Cork's Centre for Adult Continuing Education and also through UCC's Diploma in Local and Regional Studies. She has also worked as an instructor for the Vocational Education Committee's Adult Education community-based programmes.