CESNUR - center for studies on new religions
Baylor University



June 18-20, 2004
at Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Organised by CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions), Torino, Italy and The J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University, Waco, Texas,
in co-operation with ISAR (Institute for the Study of American Religion), Santa Barbara, California

This international conference will be an opportunity for scholars and others from around the world to share their insights about the perceptions, reactions, conflict and adaptations of individuals, religions and secular institutions to the growing diversity to be found in many countries. The conference will allow for the discussion, clarification and exchange of information and will be an opportunity for participants to develop wider networks.
Field trips will be arranged before and after the main conference sessions. An accommodation list will be circulated to all conference participants.


It is hoped that speakers will come from a broad range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, social psychology, history of religion, law, religious studies and theology.

Themes may include:
New religious movements, violence and conflict
Religious liberty issues: international perspectives
Fundamentalist movements in international perspective
Fiftieth anniversary reflections on Scientology (founded in 1954)
50 years of the Unification Church (established in 1954).

Abstracts of between 100 and 200 words and a short c.v. (mandatory) should be sent in two copies to both CESNUR, Via Confienza 19, 10121 Torino, Italy, preferably by E-mail at cesnur_to@virgilio.it, and to The Director, The J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University P.O.Box 97308, Waco, Texas 76798-7308, preferably by E-mail at Derek_Davis@baylor.edu before March 31st, 2004. Papers must be written and presented in English.

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