CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni diretto da Massimo Introvigne

The 2017 CESNUR Conference

Co-organized by:
Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)
The Israeli Information Center for New Religious Movements (MEIDA)
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, Ben Gurion University
International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR) 


Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
2 July - 6 July 2017


In 2017, the CESNUR conference will take place, for the first time, in the city of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, a sacred site to the three monotheistic religions, is a thriving hub of contemporary religious activity. The conference will explore the ways New Religious Movements perceive, create, and reinterpret holy places and sacred histories.

We welcome papers on this year's theme: "Holy Lands and Sacred Histories in New Religious Movements". More specifically we welcome lectures that examine perceptions and practices related to holy lands and sacred histories and the (re)creation and invention of new holy spaces and sacred histories in new religious movements. In addition we welcome specific examinations of the Holy Land and its sacred history in Jewish, Muslim and Christian new religious movements.

The conference will begin on Sunday afternoon, July 2nd 2017, with a reception and plenary session. Conference sessions will run Sunday afternoon, Monday and Tuesday, through Wednesday Morning (2-5, July). Tuesday afternoon (July 4th) will be dedicated to complementary tours of Jerusalem, which will focus on contemporary Jewish, Muslim and Christian encounters.

An additional tour of sites related to new and old religions in Northern Israel will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday (5-6 July).

Papers and session proposals should be submitted by E-mail before the close of business on Monday, January 2nd 2017 to cesnur_to@virgilio.it, accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words and a CV of no more than 200 words. PhD students should attach a letter of support from their advisor.