PhD Student at School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University
My name is Shai Feraro, and I'm a PhD student at Tel Aviv University's School of Historical Studies. My primary scholarly interests are contemporary forms of spirituality in Israel and throughout the Western world. I am also interested in feminist and transactlantic history, as well as in aspects of British and American cultural history during the 20th Century. In recent years my studies have focused mainly on Contemporary Paganism and the Feminist Spirituality Movement in North America, Britain and Israel.
My PhD Dissertation, which I hope to submit during 2015, deals with women's involvement in British Magical and Pagan groups, c. 1888 – c. 1988. This work is preceeded by my MA thesis on the influence of radical and cultural feminisms on the development of the American Feminist Spirituality Movement during the 1970s-1980s.
Another avenue of research I'm currently pursuing is the fledgling Israeli Pagan community. This research involves archival work, academic interviews, online survey work and participant-observant research in the community's rituals and social gatherings.
Since 2010 I've been serving as Coordinator for the yearly Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality. I sit on the board of the Steering Committee for the founding of the Israeli Center for Information on Contemporary Religions. Furthermore, I'm a student member of the American Academy of Religion (ARR) and the Europian Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). In recent years I have presented my research in various conferences in the United States, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Israel.
You can check my publications in the links to your left - my website and Academia.edu page.