Cultural Appropriation – Academic Roundtable

What is Cultural Appropriation and what not? Come along to a roundtable discussion with four academics to discuss all the complexities and nuances around this debated topic.

Dr Angela Puca will chair a roundtable discussion with three brilliant guests. We all look forward to your questions, so make sure the set the reminder to attend this event live and interact in the chat!

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*** our guests ***


Helen A Berger, PhD is an affiliated scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University. She is a sociologist and one of the earliest scholars to study contemporary Paganism. She has published 4 books as sole or co-author and is the editor of a fifth book. She did one of the earliest large surveys of contemporary Pagans which, the data from which is now online at Harvard University.


A Community of Witches

Voices from the Pagan Census

Witchcraft and Magic in North America

Teenage Witches

Solitary Pagans

Conversation article


Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the interdisciplinary Program in the Study of Religion at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. A recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, SSHRC, Fulbright and Hewlett fellowships, and an honorary Fellow of the American Folklore Society, she has published on religion, folklore, foodways, festival and witchcraft in Europe and North America, and is a leading authority on the modern Pagan movement. She is the author of numerous books and academic articles, including The Two Madonnas: the Politics of Festival in a Sardinian Community (1993, 2005), Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America (2004), Neopagan Sacred Art & Altars: Making Things Whole (2001), and “Reclamation, Appropriation and the Ecstatic Imagination,” in James R. Lewis, ed. Handbook of Contemporary Paganism (2008) With filmmaker John M. Bishop, she produced the documentary film series “Oss Tales,” on a May Day custom in Cornwall and its reclamation by American Pagans

Her current research is on nature and animals in the spiritual imagination.

Sabina also trained in the Gardnerian and Reclaiming traditions, and is the priestess of an eclectic coven in Vancouver, B.C.




Dr Suzanne Owen is an Associate Professor at Leeds Trinity University and researches indigeneity in Newfoundland and British Druidry.

Relevant publications:

Owen, S (2008) The Appropriation of Native American Spirituality (London; New York: Continuum [Bloomsbury 2011]).

Owen, S. (2020) ‘Is Druidry Indigenous? The Politics of Pagan Indigeneity Discourse.’ In G. Harvey (ed.) Indigenising Movements in Europe (Sheffield: Equinox), pp. 71-83.

Owen, S. (2022) What is a Sweat Lodge? In M. Molly and N. Avalos (eds) Indigenous Religions in Five Minutes. Sheffield: Equinox, pp. 190-192.

social media handle: @DrSuzanneOwen

Published on March 27, 2023