CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni diretto da Massimo Introvigne

The 2008 International Conference

londonTwenty Years and More: Research into Minority Religions, New Religious Movements and 'the New Spirituality'

An International Conference organized by
in association with ISORECEA
at the London School of Economics, 16-20th April 2008


Twenty Years of Studies of New Religious Movements: Autohagiography or Post-Mortem?, by Massimo Introvigne

CESNUR and some of its cultural policies, by PierLuigi Zoccatelli (CESNUR)

The Black Hebrews of Dimona, An Afro-American community in Israel, by Enrico Girmenia

At the End of the Kami Way: a Closed Door. Traces of an Esoteric Shîntō in the First Part of the Kojiki and Possible Influence in the Genesis of New Attractive Japanese Religious Movements, by Antonio Soro

The Role of Nature, Deities and Ancestors in Constructing Religious Identity in Contemporary Druidry, by Michael T. Cooper

Free Masonry and Religion in Paris: How to Cast a Glance Upon Preconceived Ideas, by Jean-Pierre Laurant

Plurality and Religion in Transition Society: The Case of the Czech Republic, by David Václavík

The Baha’i Faith and Wicca - a comparison of Relevance in two emerging religions, by Lil Abdo

The Italian Pentecostal movement: a brief historical background and future prospects, by Alessandro Iovino

The Revival of Religiosity and the Influence on  Marriage and Children, by Irene Briones

Forty Years of the Institute for the Study of American Religion, by J. Gordon Melton

On Being Raised in and Leaving the Exclusive Brethren: Resonances in Adulthood, by Jill Mytton

The Rise and Fall of a Public Witch Hunt: Changing Media Attitudes to New Religious Movements Since 1988, by Suzanne Evans

The Shamanic Story – a Georgian Example, by Michael Berman

Gender talk in Neo-Hindu Movements, by Simona Galaţchi

Is the ‘New Age’ a coherent concept?, by George D. Chryssides

Position of Non-traditional Religious Communities Following the Adoption of the Romanian Law on Religious Freedom and the General Regime of Religious Denominations, by Romanita Iordache

The Exclusive Brethren: Separatism and Human Rights in England and Wales, by Joanne Briggs

Minority Religions and Law Enforcement: A Human Rights Perspective, by Alessandro Amicarelli

Case Study : A Close Look into an Immigrant Workers’ Church in Beijing, by Qi Liu

Crowleyan Echoes: Baraka and Fantasy, by Dave Evans

The Scientific Aeon: Magic, Science and Psychology in Crowley’s Scientific Illuminism, by Egil Asprem

The Birth of the New Aeon: Magick and Mysticism of Thelema from the perspective of Postmodern A/Theology, by Gordan Djurdjevic

The Spanish Case about the Church Of Scientology: A Comment, by Carmen Garcimartí

The Italian Pentecostal movement and the reformation: doctrinal inheritances and new spiritual "discoveries", by Luca Frezza

AUMISM: The Birth of a New Religion, A Short History of the First 47 Years 1961-2008, by Jean-Marc Jacot - Vedhyas Dhimat

Soka Gakkai in Brazil: Buddhism, Recruitment or Marketing?, by Suzana R. Coutinho Bornholdt

The conversion of Kyrgyz to the Christian faith – A case study on a new religious movement in the post- Soviet era, by David Radford

Notes on Urban Multireligiosity in Mexico, by Daniel Gutiérrez Martinez

UDHR Article 30: Cult Watchdog Organizations and Jehovah’s Witnesses, by John Bowen Brown II

The experience of Mormon children in English school-based religious education and collective worship, by Ronan James Head

History of the Agreement Between the Italian State and the Assemblies of God in Italy, by Liberato De Vita

The Bhikkhu and the Magus: Exploring Allan Bennett’s Influence on Aleister Crowley, by John L. Crow

On the road from Salt Lake to the conversion of French academia, by Bernadette Rigal-Cellard

The Charismatic Movement in Finland today, by Tuija Hovi

Attitudes towards New Religions in the “Non-Believing” Czech Republic, by Zdeněk R. Nešpor

French Alchemical Groups of the late 20th Century: a comparative essay, by José M. Anes

Online and Offline - Locating Pagan Community, by Angela Coco

Mapping a European Branch of the Qadiriyya: Local Embodiments of a Global Sufi Order, by Marta Dominguez

Lets Talk: The Application of Systemic Theory and Practice to New Religious Movements and Their Past and Current Adherents, by Alaistar Pearson

On consciousness. An Outline of Abhinavagupta’s soteriology in the Mālinīvijayavārttika, by Xicoténcatl Martinez-Ruiz

The role of the Hare Krishnas In mitigating the Social Menace of Hiv/Aids in Nigeria, by Vasudev Das

The Italian Pentecostal Movement: between heterogeneity and social emancipation, by Ivan D’Alessandro

An overview of complexity and the Pentecostal school of thought, by Giovanni Tagliaferri

Salvation and the Descendants of Abraham, a New Paradigm for Faithful and Unfaithful, by Olivier de Lagausie

(Old) New religious movements: Christianism and Ancestorhood in the St. Joshua Star Church, by Josué Tomasini Castro

Lying For a Good Purpose: Book of Mormon Apologetics Over the Years, by Clyde R. Forsberg, Jr.

New Age or the Mass-popularization of Esoteric Discourse: Some Preliminary Reflections on the Reconceptualization of the New Age, by Kennet Granholm

„Chocolate Mary “ – “Roma Christianity” as ethnic and cultural approximation of Christianity among the Roma in Slovakia, by Tatiana Podolinská

Aumism: Curch and Religion, by V. Vishti (Christine Amory)

Digital Pantheon, by Antonio Cosenza

Christian Science and cultural trends: past and present, by Daniel R.D. Scott

Eighteen Years in the Field: Types of New Religious Movements in Bulgaria (1990-2008), by Mario Marinov

When Charismatic Leaders Are Gone: The Catholic Church of Mariavites 65 Years After the Death of Jan Maria Michal Kowalski, by Katarzyna Tempczyk

Bricoler avec une tradition ou appartenir à une autre tradition ?, by Régis Dericquebourg

Measuring the Sacred: research notes on so-called “holistic paradigm” in science as actualized by new spiritualities adherents, by Dorota Hall

"Domestic Hinduism", Culture of Print and the “New Religions”, by Milan Fujda

Playing with a tradition or belonging to another tradition?, by Régis Dericquebourg

Should scholars write sect reports?, by Audhild Skoglund