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.

Year Started

2013

Education

  • MA in Asian Cultures and Languages, Portfolio in Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin, August 2011.
  • BA in Religious Studies, Departmental Honors, Highest Honors, University of Texas at Austin, May 2009.

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

  • Mitsubishi Fellowship Award, Summer 2011.
  • Phi Beta Kappa; University of Texas at Austin, 2008.
  • Endowed Presidential Scholar; University of Texas at Austin, 2008.
  • Margaret C. Berry Fellow in Religious Studies; University of Texas at Austin, 2008.
  • College Scholar; University of Texas at Austin, 2008, 2009.
  • University Honors; University of Texas at Austin, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
  • Phi Theta Kappa; Northern Virginia Community College, 2004.

Community Service

  • Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS), Asst to Secretary General; Web Mgr; Co-Coodinator 20th Annual Conf., 2010.
  • Hagiography Society, Web Mgr.
  • UT Excellence in Graduate Research Committee member, 2011
  • 2011 Texas Asia Conference, Volunteer committee member. 2010 – 2011.
  • UT George H. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Graduate Research committee member, 2010 
  • UT Pagan Student Alliance, guest lecturer. 2010 – 2011
  • UT Religious Studies Student Committee, member & webmaster, 2007 – 2009.

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

  • American Academy of Religions, 2012 – Present
  • Association for Asian Studies, 2009 – Present.
  • Society for the Study of Japanese Religions, 2009 – Present.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2008 – Present.
  • North American Association for the Study of Religion, 2007 – Present.

Conferences

Too many to list: 25+ seminars, workshops, and lectures on various subjects just since 2010. Topics include: 

  • Religion and magic in Japanese pop culture (anime, manga, etc.); 
  • Essentializing "Japaneseness" in pop culture;
  • The "Enochian" magic of Dr. John Dee & Sir Edward Kelley;
  • Creolization in Afro-Diasporic religions;
  • Courtesans, theurgy, and thaumaturgy;
  • The 'Night Journey of the Sun' in ancient Egyptian religion;
  • The offices of the sacerdotal officers in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica;
  • etc.

Research

Research

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.

Publications & Articles

Publications

The Digital Guide to Japanese Verbs. Work in progress.

Articles

“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.