Dr Justin Woodman

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer and Senior Tutor
Department Anthropology
Email j.woodman (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7034
Dr Justin Woodman

Dr Justin Woodman studied at Goldsmiths where he completed his doctoral research on concept and the politics of the ‘demonic’ within contemporary occultures in the UK. Current research interests include: esotericism, speculative fiction and popular culture; racism and political extremism within cultures of conspiracy; religion, cognition and the ‘New Atheism’. 


Dr Justin Woodman convenes the foundation year of the Integrated Degree in Anthropology.

He teaches the following courses:


Research Interests

Anthropology of religion; contemporary esotericism and paganism; speculative literature and popular culture; the anthropology of evil; moral panics; cognition and the supernatural.


Book Section

Woodman, Justin . 2019. 'Becoming a Part of the Lurking Evil': Occultural Accelerationism,, Lovecraftian Modernity, and the Interiorization of Monstrosity. In: , ed. Dark Glamor: Accelerationism and the Occult. Goleta, California, USA: Punctum Books.

Woodman, Justin . 2019. Encyclopedia entries: “Chaos Magic”; “Lovecraftian Magic”; "Illuminates of Thanateros"; “TOPY”; “Sherwin, Ray”; “Carroll, Peter”; “Hine, Phil”; “Snell, Lionel”. In: , ed. The Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism. Stockholm: Brill.

Woodman, Justin . 2015. Alien Selves: Modernity and the Social Diagnostics of the Demonic in "Lovecraftian Magick"’, Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, 2004, 1, 2, 13–47. In: Carole M. Cusack and Helen Farley, eds. Religion, the Occult, and the Paranormal. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138015098


Weston, Gavin ; Woodman, Justin ; Cornish, Helen and Djohari, Natalie. 2019. Spectral cities: Death and living memories in the dark tourism of British ghost walks. Urbanities, 9(2), pp. 36-51. ISSN 2239-5725


Woodman, Justin . 2003. Modernity, Selfhood, and the Demonic: Anthropological Perspectives on "Chaos Magick" in the United Kingdom. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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