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The 2002 CESNUR International Conference

Minority Religions, Social Change, and Freedom of Conscience

Salt Lake City and Provo (Utah), June 20-23, 2002


 Updated last: Thursday, July 4, 2002

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Marriott University Park Hotel, Salt Lake City

12.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Registration
1.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Field Visit: Salt Lake City and the Latter-day Saints
5.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. Opening Plenary Session

Chair: Michael W. Homer

Welcome Addresses by Local Dignitaries

6.30 p.m. Reception - sponsored by ABC-Clio

Friday, June 21, 2002

Brigham Young University Law School, Provo
A courtesy bus will take participants to Provo from Salt Lake City and back. Bus leaves at 8:15 a.m. from the Marriott University Park Hotel.

9.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Plenary: When NRMs Cease to be "New": Emergence of Traditions

Chair: Massimo Introvigne

Richard L. Bushman (Columbia University)
Eileen Barker (London School of Economics)
Jan Shipps (University of Indiana)

11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Break
11.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. Parallel Sessions 1

1A. Theosophy and Esotericism

Chair: James Santucci

Visiting Blatvatsky: William Butler Yeats’ Theosophical Odyssey
Jerry Hejka-Ekins (Alexandria West)

The Use of the Principle of Correspondence in the Golden Dawn
James B. Robinson (University of Northern Iowa)

Emmanuel Swedenborg’s Theory of Mind
Jane Williams-Hogan (Bryn Athyn College)

Notes on the Esoteric Paradigm
PierLuigi Zoccatelli (CESNUR)

1B. Perspectives on Islam

Chair: James Toronto

New Religious Communities in Egypt
Johanna Pink (Ph.D. candidate, University of Bonn)

1C. LDS Experiences

Chair: Kif Augustine-Adams

The Reactions of French Members of the Latter-day Saints to the Question: As French Members How Do You Relate to the American Qualities of Your church?
Bernadette Rigal-Cellard (Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux)

The Experience of Latter-day Saint Servicemen in the Vietnam War
Mary Jane Woodger (Brigham Young University)

Saving Everyone That Wants It: Universalism and Exclusionism in LDS Theology and Practice
Randall Paul (Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy)

1D. Religions in the Baltics

Chair: Jean-François Mayer

Religious Life in the Post-Secular Space: The Case of Visaginas
Milda Alisauskiene (Vilnius University Religion Research and Study Centre)

New Religions in Latvia: The Way Towards the Recognition
Nikandrs Gills (University of Latvia)

A Neo Buddhist "White Lotus" Movement in Ukraine and Lithuania
Donatas Glodenis (New Religions Research & Information Center, Lithuania)

Bridge Over National Preconceptions: The Baha’i Movement in Latvia Towards a New Multicultural Identity Formation
Solveiga Krumina-Konkova (University of Latvia)

1E. Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives

Chair: Gerald R. Williams

Research on Religion and Physical and Mental Health
P. Scott Richards (Brigham Young University)

Simone Weil: Kenotic Thought and the "Sainteté Nouvelle"
J. Edgar Bauer (University of Edinburgh)

Identifying Religious Confessional Policies that Influence the Incidence of Psychosexual Shame Youth Suicide
Mark Kim Malan (Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality)

From the Secularisation of the Sacred to the Santification of the Secular - Charismatic Authority and "Authoritative Other" in Psychoanalytic Discourse
Katayoun Tamara Medhat (Psychoanalytic psychotherapist)

1F. Religious Minorities in Post-Soviet Countries

Chair: Elizabeth Clark

Krishna Devotees in Russia
Boris Falikov (Russian State University of Humanities)

Freedom of Religious Minorities in Post-Soviet States: What Are the Courts Saying? Experience of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Drew Holiner (Attorney-at-law)

The Impact of Judicial Decisions on the Development of Minority Religions in Russia
Mikhail Kouzmitchev (Lawyer,Freedom of Conscience Society, Moscow)

Religious Freedom in Russia: Some New Developments
Galina Krylova (Attorney-ay-law) and James T. Richardson (University of Nevada, Reno)

1G. The Changing Religious Situation in China

Chair: Constance Jones

Panelists: Qi Duan and Liuer Wang (Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), J. Gordon Melton (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara, California)

1.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Lunch - sponsored by BYU Studies
Publishing and NRMs
Jack Welch (editor, BYU Studies)
2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Plenary: Issues in the International Protection of Religious Freedom and Minority Religions

Chair: Brett G. Scharffs

International Protection of Religious Freedom at the Level of Regional Organizations
W. Cole Durham, Jr. (Brigham Young University)

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and International Protection of Religious Rights: The Examples of France and Belgium
Tad Stahnke (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Human Rights, Religious Liberty, and Minority Faiths: The NGO Perspective
Joseph K. Grieboski (Institute on Religion and Public Policy)

3.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Break
4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. Parallel Sessions 2

2A. Esoteric and Social Perspectives

Chair: Jane Williams-Hogan

From Matter-Man to Light-Man: Myth or Reality?
Pierre Gohar (Voulon, France)

Biotechnologies: Popular Debate and Religious Inner Breaking
Sylvain Imbs (Meudon, France)

Disarming the Dream Police: The Case of the Santo Daime
Diana R. Trimble (Petaluma, California)

2B. Religious Minorities in Europe and in India

Chair: Nikandrs Gills

Minority Religions, Social Change, and Freedom of Conscience
Dionisio Llamazares Fernandez (Complutense University, Madrid)

Religious Freedom in Greece: Recent Developments
George Mavros (attorney-at-law, Greece)

Religious Minorities in Spain: A New Model of Relationships?
Alejandro Torres Gutierrez (Complutense University, Madrid)

Religious Minorities under Hindu Hegemony: The Tragic Tale of Secularism in India
Badrinath Rao (Kettering University, Flint, Michigan)

2C. Religious Freedom Issues

Chair: W. Cole Durham, Jr.

Total Freedom of Conscience: What Happens When There Are No Rules At All?
Timothy Miller (University of Kansas)

Violence Against Christians
J.G. Orban de Lengyelfalva (Aid to Church in Need)

Religious Diversity and Social Order
David H. Moore (University of Chicago Law School)

2D. Religions in Latin America and the Caribbean

Chair: Susan Palmer

Women in Movement: Religious Pluralism in Brazil and Women’s Religious Creativity
Sandra Duarte (Universidade Methodista de Sao Paulo)

Calling Rastafari: From Regional Cult to Global Religion
Stephen D. Glazier (University of Nebraska)

Strategies, Rules and Alliances Among the Minority Religious Groups in Aquascalientes
Genaro Zalpa (Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico) 

2E. Change in New Religious Movements

Chair: Donatas Glodenis

Legal Imbroglios and the Post-Charismatic Fate of the Celestial Church of Christ
Afe Adogame (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

From Divine Light Mission to Elan Vital: An Exploration of Change and Adaptation
Ron Geaves (Chester College, UK)

Religion and the Internet
Jean-Francois Mayer (University of Fribourg)

Family, Religious Authority, and Change in the Hare Krishna Movement
E. Burke Rochford, Jr., (Middlebury College)

2F. Mormonism in Italy

Chair: PierLuigi Zoccatelli

Mormonism in Italy: The Political, Social, and Religious Environment in the Nineteenth Century
Michael W. Homer (Attorney-at-law, Salt Lake City)

100 Years of Solitude: Mormonism in Italy, 1865-1965
Eric Dursteler (Brigham Young University)

The LDS Church in Italy After 1965: Patterns of Conversion, Growth, and Adaptation Among Italian Mormons
James A. Toronto (Brigham Young University)

Respondent: Madison Sowell (Brigham Young University)

2G. Religious Minorities and Religious Freedom in the U.S.

Chair: Frederick M. Gedicks

Religious Minorities and Charitable Choice
Derek Davis (J. M. Dawson Institute for Church-State Studies)

Legal Controversies Over "Deprogramming"
Lee Boothby (International Commission for Freedom of Conscience)

7.00 p.m. Banquet - Alta Club, Salt Lake City

Jeff Hadden and the Sociology of New Religious Movements

Presiding and Introducing: J. Gordon Melton, Massimo Introvigne

Panelists: James T. Richardson, David G. Bromley, Eileen Barker. Respondent: Jeff Hadden.

Saturday, June 22, 2002

University of Utah, Salt Lake City

9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Plenary: Violence and New Religious Movements

Presiding and Introducing: J. Gordon Melton

Greg Saathoff, (FBI Critical Incident Response Group)
Catherine Wessinger ( Loyola University, New Orleans)
David G. Bromley ( Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA)
Jean-Francois Mayer (University of Fribourg)

10.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Break
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 a.m. Parallel Session 3

3A. Magic and Neo-Paganism

Chair: Valter Jones

Dark Magic and Strategies of Epistemology: Discursive Strategies in Constructing Worldviews
Kennet Granholm (Abo Akademi University, Finland)

Paganism: A Problematic Umbrella Term
Frederic Emmanuel Lamond (independent lecturer and author)

3B. Polygamy Controversies: Utah and the Saints

Chair: Reender Kranenborg

Panelists: George D. Smith (Smith Research Associates); B. Carmon Hardy (California State University, Fullerton); Martha Bradley (University of Utah); Michael W. Homer (attorney-at-law, Salt Lake City, Utah)

3C. Democracy, Minorities and the French Case

Chair: Bernadette Rigal-Cellard

France’s Anti-Sect War: Voices From the Trenches (NRMs’ Strategical Responses to Persecution)
Susan Palmer (Dawson College, Montreal)

No Good Sects in France: Social and Political Implications of the Picard Law
Stuart A. Wright (Lamar University, USA)

The Philippe Sauvage Political Asylum Case: Religious Persecution in France and the United States
Jane Dillon (sociologist, Cardiff, California)

3D. The Christian Counter-Cult Movement

Chair: Timothy Miller

Reflections on Louisville: The Countercult in Conversation
Douglas E. Cowan (University of Missouri-Kansas, USA)

After Walter Martin: Self-Consciousness in Ministry to New Religions
J. Gordon Melton (Institute for the Study of American Religion)

3E. The Family 1992-2002: The Decade of Transition

Chair: Eileen Barker

"The Endtime Family" by William S. Bainbridge - A Review with Comments
Eileen Barker (London School of Economics)

The Family in Transition: The Moral Career of a New Religious Movement
Gary Shepherd (Oakland University, Detroit)- Gordon Shepherd (University of Central Arkansas)

The Personality & Religiousness of Youth Members in The Family
Douglas Sell (Beatrice State Developmental Center, Nebraska)

Response by a representative of The Family

12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. Plenary: Brainwashing Claims and New Religious Movements

Chair: Eileen Barker

Massimo Introvigne (CESNUR)
Dick Anthony (Forensic Psychologist)
James T. Richardson (University of Nevada at Reno)

3.00 p.m.- 3.30 p.m. Break
3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Parallel Sessions 4

4A. Satanism and Other Controversial Movements

Chair: Martha Bradley

Religionizing Crime: Ethos and Action in the Construction of the Finnish Satanism Scare
Titus Hjelm (University of Helsinki)

The Satanic Bible
James R. Lewis (University of Wisconsin)

Fifteen Years of Research on the Unarius Academy of Science, a Millenarian Psychotherapy and UFO Group
Diana Tumminia (California State University) and R.George Kirkpatrick (San Diego State University)

4B. American-Born Religions

Chair: Massimo Introvigne

New Light, Conscience, and Jehovah’s Witnesses
George Chryssides (University of Wolverhampton, UK)

Free Love in Utopia: How Complex Marriage Was Introduced in the Oneida Community
Larry Foster (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

Freemasonry and 19th Century Mormonism
Michael Homer

4C. Voices From the Field: NRMs and Religious Freedom Issues

Chair: Stuart A. Wright

Panelists: Dan Fefferman (International Coalition for Religious Freedom); Krishnapriya Hutner (Kashi Community); Jean Swantko (Attorney-at-law); Martin Weightman (Church of Scientology); Dominique Kounkou (Council of Christian Communities of African Expression in Europe); Sheng Mei (Salt Lake City, Utah)

4D. New Christian Movements

Chair: Greg Thompson

The Experience of Some Members of the El Shaddai DWXI-PPFI: A Phenomenological Approach
Esmerelda Fortunado-Sanchez (University of Santo Thomas, Philippines)

The Gay Christian Movement: Rights, Mobilisation and Resistance
Stephen Hunt (University of Reading)

The Italian Pentecostal Movement: An Italian-American Response to Irish Ethnocentrism in American Catholicism
John C. Watt (University of Nevada)

The Silent Charisma of Audrey Santo: Reflections on a New Religious Movement in Contemporary Catholicism
Mathew N. Schmalz (The College of the Holy Cross, Worchester, Massachusetts)

4E. Dutch NRMS

Chair: James T. Richardson

Efraim: A New and Special Apocalyptic Movement in The Netherlands
Reender Kranenborg (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)

New Forms of Religiosity and the Shifting Notions of Sacredness in The Netherlands
Martin Ramstedt (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Practice of Symbolic Death in OSHO International, Gurdjieff-Ouspensky Centre and International School of Golden Rosycross
Ariana Volaric (Ljubljana University)

4F. The Mountain Meadows Massacre

Chair: Dean May

The Mountain Meadows Massacre
Panel with Will Bagley (General Editor, Kingdom of the West series, Arthur Clark Company), Robert H. Briggs (attorney-at-law), Shannon Novak (University of Utah), Lars Rodseth (University of Utah)

Sunday, June 23, 2002

Salt Lake City

Special Tours in Salt Lake City will be available. Ticket will be sold during the conference.

Online registration form

The official hotel of the conference is the Marriott University Park Hotel located in the University of Utah area and where a special rate for participants of $ 79 per night has been arranged. The discount is available either through online reservation or E-mail. For online reservations, go to the Marriott's Web site and, in the Group Code case, enter CNRCNRA for a deluxe room at $ 79 (enter CNRCNRC if you have reserved a junior suite: the discounted price will be $ 109). For E-mail reservations, E-mail Mr. Kevin Gros at kgros@sunstonehotels.com (fax +1-801-5843321), mentioning the CESNUR 2002 conference and asking for the special rate.


Salt Lake Tribune Article: Religious Scholars Discuss Mormon Evolution

"Gains cited in religious freedom" by Jake Parkinson ("Deseret News", June 22, 2002)

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