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Professor Christopher Partridge

Professor Christopher Partridge

Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592420
Office hours: Friday 11.00 - 1.00

Affiliations

Richardson Institute for Peace Studies

Much of my work examines the contemporary social and cultural significance of what might be referred to as "rejected knowledge." I am particularly interested in ideas developed within alternative spiritual discourses, in the significance of beliefs in the occult and the paranormal, and in countercultures. In recent years, I have sought to articulate a theory of ‘occulture' in order to explain the persistence of such ideas in the modern Western world and the influence of popular culture in the shaping of those ideas. I am particularly interested in the importance of popular music in this respect. Indeed, with reference to the above interests, exploring the social significance of popular music has been the principal focus of my research for the past decade. I co-edit the series Studies in Popular Music (Equinox) and Studies in Religion and Popular Music (Bloomsbury).

PhD Supervision Interests

I would be happy to supervise doctoral research in the following areas:

- Popular music and the sacred
- Contemporary occultism and alternative spiritualities.
- Cultures of the paranormal.
- Countercultures

Research Interests

(1) My current principal area of interest lies at the interface of Popular Music Studies and Religious Studies. With Alyn Shipton, I edit the series Studies in Popular Music and, with Sara Cohen (Liverpool University), I edit the series Studies in Religion and Popular Music.

(2) Countercultures and subcultures in the West.

(3) Alternative spiritualities, esotericism and paranormal cultures.

Office Hours

Friday 11.00 - 1.00

2014

UFO religions

Partridge, C. 2014 The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements. Chryssides, G. & Zeller, B. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 207-220 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2013

Occulture is ordinary

Partridge, C. 01/2013 Contemporary esotericism. Granholm, K. & Asprem, E. (eds.). Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, p. 113-133 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Haunted culture: the persistence of belief in the paranormal

Partridge, C. 12/2013 The Ashgate research companion to paranormal cultures. Jenzen, O. & Munt, S. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 39-50 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Lost horizon: H.P. Blavatsky’s theosophical orientalism

Partridge, C. 2013 Handbook of the theosophical current. Hammer, O. & Rothstein, M. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 309-333 25 p. (Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion; vol. 7)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Lyre of Orpheus: popular music, the sacred, and the profane

Partridge, C. 18/11/2013 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 368 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

Popular Music, Affective Space, and Meaning

Partridge, C. 2012 Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader. Lynch, G. & Mitchell, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 182-193 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Popular Music and Apocalyptic Discourse

Partridge, C. 2012 Anthems of Apocalypse: Popular Music and Apocalyptic Thought. Partridge, C. (ed.). Sheffield: Phoenix Press, p. ix-xxiii 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Anthems of Apocalypse: Popular Music and Apocalyptic Thought

Partridge, C. (ed.) 2012 Sheffield: Phoenix Press. 150 p. (Apocalypse and Popular Culture; vol. 4)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Case study 5: religion, youth cultures and popular music

Stuart, B. & Partridge, C. 2012 Religion and change in modern Britain. Woodhead, L. & Catto, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 265-271 7 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture

Partridge, C. (ed.) & Christianson, E. S. (ed.) 2010 London: Equinox Publishing. 183 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2009

Schism in Babylon: Colonialism, Afro-Christianity and Rastafari

Partridge, C. 2009 Sacred Schisms: How Religions Divide. Lewis, J. & Lewis, S. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 306-331 26 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Religion and Popular Culture

Partridge, C. 2009 Religions in the Modern World. Woodhead, L., Kawanami, H. & Partridge, C. (eds.). 2nd ed. London: Routledge, p. 489-522 34 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Babylon’s Burning: Reggae, Rastafari and Millenarianism

Partridge, C. 2009 The End All Around Us: Apocalyptic Texts and Popular Culture. Walliss, J. & Newport, K. (eds.). London: Equinox Publishing, p. 43-70 28 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The lure of the dark side: Satan and western demonology in popular culture

Partridge, C. (ed.) & Christianson, E. S. (ed.) 2009 London: Equinox Publishing. 215 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Religions in the Modern World (revised 2nd edition): Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Kawanami, H. & Partridge, C. 2009 London and New York: Routledge. 549 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

The End is Nigh: Failed Prophecy, Apocalypticism, and the Rationalization of Violence in New Religious Eschatologies

Partridge, C. 2008 The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology. Walls, J. (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 191-212 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The occultural significance of The Da Vinci Code

Partridge, C. 2008 In: Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook . 6, p. 107-126 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Truth, Authority and Epistemological Individualism in New Age Thought

Partridge, C. 2007 Handbook of the New Age. Kemp, D. & Lewis, J. (eds.). Leiden: E. J. Brill, p. 231-254 24 p. (Brill Handbooks in Contemporary Religion; vol. 1)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Antisemitism, Islam, and Christianity: The History and Contemporary Religious Significance of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Partridge, C. & Geaves, R. 2007 The Invention of Sacred Tradition. Lewis, J. & Hammer, O. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 75-95 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

King Tubby meets the upsetter at the grass roots of dub: some thoughts on the early history and influence of dub reggae

Partridge, C. 2007 In: Popular Music History. 2, 3, p. 309-331 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Anti-Semitism, conspiracy culture, Christianity, and Islam: the history and contemporary religious significance of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

Partridge, C. & Geaves, R. 2007 The Invention of Sacred Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 75 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Finding and Losing Faith: Studies in Conversion

Partridge, C. (ed.) & Reid, H. (ed.) 2006 Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press. 208 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The spiritual and the revolutionary: alternative spirituality, British free festivals, and the emergence of rave culture

Partridge, C. 2006 In: Culture and Religion. 7, 1, p. 41-60 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Eschatology of Heaven’s Gate

Partridge, C. 2006 Expecting the end: millennialism in social and historical context. Newport, K. & Gribbin, C. (eds.). Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, p. 49-66 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2005

The World's Religions

Partridge, C. (ed.) 2005 3rd ed. ed. Oxford: LionHudson. 495 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The Re-Enchantment of the West Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture, and Occulture Volume 2.

Partridge, C. 2005 T & T Clark International. 468 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2004

New religions: a guide

Partridge, C. (ed.) 2004 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 446 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Alternative Spiritualities, New Religions and the Re-enchantment of the West

Partridge, C. 2004 The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Lewis, J. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 39-67 29 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Alien demonology: the Christian roots of the malevolent extraterrestrial in UFO religions and abduction spiritualities

Partridge, C. 2004 In: Religion. 34, 3, p. 163-189 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Re-enchantment of the West: Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture Volume 1.

Partridge, C. 2004 London: T. & T. Clark International. 265 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2003

Universal salvation: the debate

Partridge, C. (ed.) & Parry, R. 2003 Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans. 291 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Understanding UFO Religions and Abduction Spiritualities

Partridge, C. 2003 UFO Religions. Partridge, C. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 3-42 40 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Mysticisms East and West: Studies in Mystical Experience

Partridge, C. (ed.) & Gabriel, T. (ed.) 2003 Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press. 375 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Sacred Chemicals: Psychedelic Drugs and Mystical Experience

Partridge, C. 2003 Mysticisms East and West: Studies in Mystical Experience. Partridge, C. & Gabriel, T. (eds.). Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, p. 96-131 36 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

UFO religions

Partridge, C. (ed.) 2003 London: Routledge. 383 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2001

Fundamentalisms

Partridge, C. (ed.) 2001 Carlisle: Paternoster Press. 314 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1998

Reconciliation and Religion

Partridge, C. (ed.) & Farmer, H. H. 1998 Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. 236 p. (Texts and Studies in Religion; vol. 78)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

H. H. Farmer’s Theological Interpretation of Religion

Partridge, C. 1998 Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. 402 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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