CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni diretto da Massimo Introvigne

The 2011 International Conference

New Religion in a Globalized East: Taiwan, Southeast Asia, the World

torinoAletheia University,
Danshui (Taipei), Taiwan, June 21-23


The planning committee for the 2011 meeting of the Center for Studies on New Religions welcomes proposals for papers and panels for its meeting at Aletheia University, to be held June 21-23, 2011. This meeting will occur on the 500 anniversary of the birth of Michael Servetus. Aletheia University is a prominent Taiwan institution of Higher Learning founded by Presbyterian missionary George Mackay. It is located in what has become a popular seaside resort community overlooking the Taiwan Straits.

As always, attendees will be exploring a spectrum of related topics that include but are not limited to:

Religious Freedom and the Emergence of New Religions in a Global Perspective

Religious Pluralism in Eastern and Southeast Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Americas

Western Esotericism

Asian Religions in the West

The Islamic Experience in Southeast Asia, Europe, the Americas, Oceania, and the Emergence of New Spiritual Movements

New New Religions (formed since 1995)

Asian Indigenous Christianity

Michael Servetus and Religious Dissent

NRMs in Taiwan: Old and New

Special Add-On: Especially for those who have not had the opportunity to visit Taiwan before, CESNUR 2011 will offer a three-day post-conference tour of the island that will visit some of both the country’s religious landmarks and the headquarters of several of the more prominent new religions. Leading the tour with be several local scholars knowledgeable of the island’s unique history.

Proposals for papers and sessions, including short abstracts of all papers and a short CV of all participants, should be sent to CESNUR at cesnur_to@virgilio.it on or before January 31, 2011. All sessions will be in English. Unfortunately, no scholarships will be available to cover your travel and accommodation expenses.