Dr Luke John Murphy

Research Associate in Historical Linguistics at the University of Leicester, working on a book about the Christianisation of spring festivals and the early history of Easter in the British Isles.

Dr Luke Murphy

Personal Details

  • Email: l.j.murphy@le.ac.uk
  • Phone: +44(0) 116 252 2635
  • Location: Room 1401, Attenborough Tower

Biography

I am a Research Associate in Historical Linguistics at the University of Leicester, where I am working on a book about the Christianisation of spring festivals and the early history of Easter in the British Isles as part of the AHRC-funded Easter E.g. project. I have previously worked at the University of Stockholm as a prize-winning Postdoctoral Fellow, and the University of Iceland as an External Lecturer, as well as having studied in the UK, Denmark, and Iceland. My research is interested in pre-Christian religion and ritual in western and northern Europe, Scandinavian mythology, and the arrival of Christianity in pagan societies.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • MA, Old Nordic Religions, University of Iceland
  • MA, Medieval Studies, University of York, U.K.
  • BA Hons., English Literature, University of Durham, U.K.

Links

Publications

  • 2018. [in press]. ‘Conference Report: Network of Early Career Researchers in Old Norse: Trends and Challenges in Early Career Scholarship Workshop’, The Retrospective Methods Network Newsletter 13.
  • 2018. ‘Processes of Religious Change in Late-Iron Age Gotland I: Rereading, Spatialisation, and Enculturation’, in Place and Space in the Medieval World, ed. Meg Boulton, Heidi Stoner, and Jane Hawkes. Routledge Research in Art History 1 (London: Routledge), 32-46
  • 2018. [in press]. Anmeldelse af/Book Review (in Danish) of, ‘Michael D. J. Bintley. Trees in the Religions of Early Medieval England. Anglo-Saxon Studies 26. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2015. X + 206 sider.’ Chaos: Skandinavisk tiskrift for religionshistoriske studier
  • 2017 [in press]. ‘Speaking Scandinavian at Work: Strategies for Effective Communication from the Classroom to the Lunch Room’, in The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding, ed. Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy, and Jakob Rosenkrantz de Lasson (Pieterlen & Bern: Peter Lang Publishing)
  • 2017, with Simon Nygaard. ‘Processioner i førkristen nordisk religion’, in Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift 66:40-77
  • 2017. ‘PhD Dissertation Project: Between Unity and Diversity’, in The Retrospective Methods Network Newsletter 12:199-203
  • 2017. ‘Between Unity and Diversity: Articulating Pre-Christian Nordic Religion and its Spaces in the Late Iron Age’, unpublished PhD Dissertation, Aarhus University
  • 2016. ‘Continuity and Change: Forms of Liminality in the Sacred Social Spaces of the Pre-Christian Nordic World’, in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 12: 147-82
  • 2015. ‘The Scale of ‘Private’ Religions in Pre‐Christian Scandinavia: Theoretical and Empirical Questions’, in The Sixteenth International Saga Conference: Sagas and Space, 9th-15th August 2015, University of Zürich and University of Basel, Switzerland, ed. Jürg Glauser, Klaus Müller-Wille, Anna Katharina Richter, and Lukas Rösli, 2 vols. (Universität Zürich: Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Skandinavische Studien), 214-15
  • 2013. ‘Herjans Dísir: Valkyrjur, Supernatural Feminities, and Elite Warrior Culture in the Late Pre-Christian Iron Age’, unpublished MA Thesis, University of Iceland. http://hdl.handle.net/1946/15652
  • 2012. ‘Conference Report: Old Norse Mythology in the Digital Age’, in The Retrospective Methods Network Newsletter 5: 62-65
  • 2012. ‘Valkyrjur, Wælcyrgan, and Witches: An Anatomy of Old-English and Old-Norse Valkyries’, In The 15th International Saga Conference: Sagas and the Use of the Past. 5th-11th August 2012, Aarhus University. Preprints, edited A. Mathias Valentin Nordvig and Lisbeth H. Torfing (Aarhus: Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts), 237
  • 2010. ‘Holy Groves, Rocky Places, and Sacral Constructions: The Establishment of Sacred Social Space in Viking-Age Pre-Christian Scandinavia’ in The Retrospective Methods Network Newsletter, 1: 51-2
  • Forthcoming. ‘Paganism at Home: Pre-Christian Private Praxis and Household Religion in the Iron-Age North’, journal article
  • Forthcoming. ‘Reasoning Our Way to Privacy: Towards a Methodological Discourse of Viking Studies’, journal article
  • Forthcoming. ‘Processes of Religious Change in Late-Iron-Age Gotland II: Centralisation, Enclosure, Privatisation, and Nationalisation’, journal article
  • Forthcoming. ‘Sacred Grove or Holy Hall? Synthesising the Spaces of Pre-Christian Religion in the Late Iron Age’, journal article
  • Forthcoming. ‘Distinguishing dísir: Supernatural Women, Emic Categorisation, and Poetic Synonyms’, journal article
  • Forthcoming. ‘Rule-Breaking Women and the Propagation of Male Power: Valkyrjur as Tools of Chieftaincy’, journal article

Research

My research is interested in pre-Christian religion and ritual in western and northern Europe, Scandinavian mythology, and the arrival of Christianity in pagan societies:
Note: For previous work, please see 'Publications' section above.

  • The Christianisation of rituals and festivals
  • Everyday religion in pre-Christian Europe
  • Diversity in pre-Christian religion
  • Anonymous, feminine spirits in pre-Christian Scandinavia.

Media - press coverage, videos etc.

Youtube “Hail Odin!”, a documentary film-project on modern Danish Neopaganism (‘Asatro’).

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