Ross C. Feldman
R. Christopher Feldman is an adjunct professor of the History and Evolution of Global Processes (CULF 3330) and Contemporary World Issues - Japan (CULF 3331). His interests include the role and evolution of systems of belief regarding religion, magick, and the supernatural in human worldviews.
Prof. Feldman returned to academia after some years in IT, earning his BA in Religious Studies at the University of Texas with Highest Honors. His senior thesis was "A Problem of Authorship: John Dee, Edward Kelley, and the 'Angelic Conversations.'" He earned his MA in Asian Studies from UT with his thesis titled "Enchanting Modernity: Religion and the Supernatural in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture." He is known for his seminars on the Enochian Magical System of Dr. John Dee (1527-1609), Religion and Magic in Anime, and the roles of the sacerdotal officers of the Gnostic Catholic Church (EGC). He currently enjoys teaching the history of globalization, and the impact of globalization on Japanese culture, at St. Ed's.
Too many to list: 25+ seminars, workshops, and lectures on various subjects just since 2010. Topics include:
I am interested in a wide range of research regarding the place of religion and magick in human worldviews, both ancient and contemporary, and in the role of globalization in the evolution of those systems of belief.
The Digital Guide to Japanese Verbs. Work in progress.
“Courtesanship and the Magical Arts: A Study in Contrast of Erotic Magical Practices,” in Neither East nor West: Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference, Ordo Templi Orientis, Riverside CA, 2015.
“Orishas on the Tree of Life: An Exploration of Creolization Between Afro-Diasporic Religions and Twentieth Century Western Occultism,” in Neither East nor West: Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference, Ordo Templi Orientis, Riverside CA, 2015.
Review of Magic as Metaphor in Anime: A Critical Study, by Dani Cavallaro (London: McFarland & Co., 2010). In Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft Vol. 7 No. 2, Winter 2012.