CESNUR - Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni diretto da Massimo Introvigne
www.cesnur.org

The 2019 CESNUR Conference

Co-organized by:
Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)
Contemporary Religions and Faith in Transition (CRAFT)
University of Turin - Department of Cultures, Politics and Society
Italian Association of Sociology (AIS) - Sociology of Religions Section
Center of Religious Sciences "Erik Peterson"
International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR) 

RE-ENCHANTING THE WORLD:
SPIRITUALITIES AND RELIGIONS OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM

turin campus Torino, Italy, 5-7 September 2019
Campus Luigi Einaudi
Università  di Torino

PROGRAM


Thursday September 5, 2019

8.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. / Registration

9.30 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. / Session 1 - Opening Plenary Session

In Search of Religious Pluralism

Chair: Massimo INTROVIGNE

Greetings from Academic and Civil Authorities

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: Fings Ain't Wot They Used to Be
Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics / INFORM, United Kingdom)

 Diasporas and Religions in Italy
Emanuela DEL RE (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Roma, Italy)

 Spirituality: Epistemological and Terminological Questions from Italian Fieldwork
Stefania PALMISANO (University of Torino, Italy)

11.15 a.m. - 11.40 a.m. / Coffee Break 

11.40 a.m. - 1 p.m / Session 2 - Plenary

New Religious Movements in China: 30 Years from Tiananmen

Chair: Holly FOLK

Movie: Tiananmen and Religion

Are There “Cults” in China? Branding Religions as “Xiejiao” in the People’s Republic
J. Gordon MELTON (Baylor University, Waco, U.S.A.)

Post-Tiananmen Religion in China: The Origins of The Church of Almighty God
Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Torino, Italy)

1 p.m. - 2.15 p.m. / Business Lunch

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 3

"Who's Who?". Le nuove spiritualità  davanti alla legge

Chair: Maria Chiara RUSCAZIO

È possibile definire giuridicamente la religione?
Maria Chiara RUSCAZIO (University of Torino, Italy)

Perché loro sì e noi no? - La nozione di confessione religiosa di fronte al pluralismo religioso e spirituale contemporaneo
Monia CIRAVEGNA (University of Torino, Italy)

Minority Religions and European Laws: Vague Edges for Freedom of Religion or Belief
Silvia ANGELETTI (University of Perugia, Italy)

Dealing with Atheism: A Comparative Survey of American and Italian Constitutional Languages and Their Evolutive Readings in the Judicial Discourse
Adelaide MADERA (University of Messina, Italy)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 4

Different Asias

Chair: LEE Gyungwon

On Filth, Charity and the Sacred: The Purposes of Volunteering in the Kalighat Home for the Dying and Destitute, Kolkata
Egor NOVIKOV (Heidelberg University, Germany)

New Religious Movements in Israel: Confrontation, Adaptation and Legitimation
Guy BEN-PORAT and Boaz HUSS (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel)

Problems of Merging Buddhist Dhamma with Contemporary Western Values
Bair Eloyevich PUIG ZHAMAGANOV (Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia)

Muen Society and New Funerary Practices in Contemporary Japan
Marianna ZANETTA (University of Torino, Italy)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 5

Post-Secular Trends

Chair: Carole CUSACK

A Road to Heaven or Heaven on Earth? The Role of Religion in Hutterites Community Functioning
Agnieszka KOWALSKA (John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin, Poland)

New Religions as a Post-secular Phenomenon
Boris FALIKOV (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia)

The Chinese Policy Towards Catholicism
Piotr DUTKIEWICZ (University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska, Lublin, Poland)

Traditionalism and Creativity in East Asian New Religions: As Observed in Korea’s Daesoon Jinrihoe and Taiwan’s Yiguandao
LEE Suhyun (National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 6

Tra cattolicesimo e Islam

Chair: Alessandro GUSMAN

L’Islam e la non violenza nella comunità cattolica Al Khalil di Padre Paolo Dell'Oglio, fondatore del monastero Dei Mar Musa in Siria. Processi di pace e di deradicalizzazione
Diletta BERARDINELLI (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Copritevi il volto! L’obbligo per le donne di coprire il viso secondo il diritto salafita
Carlo De ANGELO (University of Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy)

Apparizioni mariane in Italia negli ultimi decenni: tra strategie comunicative e strutture di senso
Marco PAPASIDERO (University of Torino, Italy)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 7

Italia: i cattolici e gli altri

Chair: Alessandro IOVINO

Un gesuita sul soglio di Pietro. La chiesa di Francesco e la sfida della rete
Fabio TARZIA (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) and Emiliano ILARDI (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Dom Henri Le Saux/Swami Abhishiktananda: modello di una religiosità interculturale
Paolo TRIANNI (Pontifical Gregorian University, Roma, Italy)

La ricerca del sacro dentro e fuori la Chiesa: uno sguardo al mondo giovanile
Daniela TURCO (University of Calabria, Rende, Italy)

Estetica religiosa interiorizzata: il caso dei Valdesi
Samanta VIZIALE (University of Torino, Italy)

Nuovi movimenti religiosi: esperienze di disaffiliazione alla luce delle ricerche interdisciplinari più recenti sul fenomeno
Raffaella DI MARZIO (LIREC, Roma)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 8

Scientology, Its Friends and Foes

Chair: J. Gordon MELTON

Hate Crimes, Scientology and Television: American and International Contexts 
Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Torino, Italy)

Scientology, the Russian Context and the Question of Religious Liberty
Rosita ŠORYTĖ (International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Religions, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Scientology’s Outreach to Other Religions: The Nation of Islam and Scientology
Bernadette RIGAL-CELLARD (University of Bordeaux, France)

Respondent: Eric ROUX

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 9

A Rumor of Devils

Chair: Michele OLZI

Demons in the Church. The Popularisation of Demonic Possession and Exorcism: Practices in the Contemporary Roman Catholic Church
Nicole BAUER (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Political Satanism: The Satanic Temple’s Fight for Secularism
Mathieu COLIN (University of Montreal, Canada)

Satanic Hello Kitty: How Fake News Went Viral in Poland
Karolina Maria HESS and Małgorzata Alicja DULSKA (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

4 p.m. - 4.20 p.m. / Coffee Break

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 10

Christian Trends

Chair: George CHRYSSIDES

Individualism and Authority in Russian Catholic Self-transformation Practices
Ekaterina KHONINEVA (European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Patterns of Transnationalism: The Religious Lives of Catholic Immigrants Between London and Milan
Samuele Davide MOLLI (Catholic University of Milano, Italy)

Texture and Transformations of Everyday Life in a Cloistered Female Monastery: A Case Study
Marcin JEWDOKIMOW (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 11

Flowing Like a River:Indian Religions Facing Contemporary World

Chair: Boaz HUSS

The Fashionable Sufi Way: Role and Relevance of Indian Sufi Leaders in the Western World
Thomas DÄHNHARDT (University of London, United Kingdom)

A Neo-Vedānta Guide for the Perplexed: Aurobindo Ghose and the Westernization of Tradition
Marco CASTAGNETTO (Independent Scholar, Italy)

Donyi Polo: A New but Ancient Religious Movement in Northeast India
Dyron DAUGHRITY (Pepperdine University, Malibu, U.S.A.)

Clashing Shamanism and Spiritualities: The Third Millennium of Indigenous Religions
Stefano BEGGIORA (University Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Italy)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 12

Beyond God the Father: Women’s and Feminist Spirituality

Chair: Stefania PALMISANO

Goddess Spirituality: A New Path for Women’s Empowerment
Erika BERNACCHI (University of Firenze, Italy)

Re-membering the Goddess: The Avalon Sacred Path in Italy Between Tradition and Innovation
Roberta PIBIRI (University of Torino, Italy)

On-line Wicca: A Spirituality for Everybody
Francesca GRECO (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) and Vittoria TALARICO (University of Torino, Italy)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 13

Sette e manipolazione mentale nell’immaginario mediatico. Una discussione critica sul libro di Gazzanni e Piccinni “Nella setta”

Chair: Massimo INTROVIGNE

“Nella setta”: un esempio emblematico di creazione della devianza
Raffaella DI MARZIO (LIREC, Roma, Italy)

Chiese, sette, culti, nuovi movimenti religiosi: definizioni tecniche
Germano ROSSI (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Il Forteto: analisi giudiziaria e laicità dell’intervento penale
Sabrina MARTUCCI (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)

La polemica anti-sette contro i pentecostali italiani
Alessandro IOVINO (Independent Scholar, Italy)

Respondent: Luigi BERZANO (University of Torino, Italy)

4.20 p.m. - 7 p.m. / Session 14

The Invisible Continent: Questioning Enchantment from Pacific “Prospectives”

Chair: Emanuela BORGNINO - Gaia COTTINO

Spirit(ual) Foodscapes of Tonga: Where Immanence and Transcendence Coexist
Gaia COTTINO (University of Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy)

The Weight of the Ancestors: A Dialogue Between New Caledonia and Hawaii Nei
Emanuela BORGNINO (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy) and Lara GIORDANA (University of Torino, Italy)

Dieu and Dui – The Guardian of the Forest and the Christian God: New Forms of Spirituality in New Caledonia
Matteo GALLO (University of Verona, Italy)

The Metaphysical of Mining Between Extractivism and Ecology
Marta GENTILUCCI (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

From the Arctic to the South Seas: The Crucial Role of the Passeurs in Bridging the Past with the Present
Giacomo NERICI (University of Torino, Italy)

Tatau, Mana and the Fa’afafine: Spiritualizing an Indigenous Gender Experience
Carolina VESCE (University of Siena, Italy)

Return to Taha’a: Invisible Ethnography and Funerary Practices in the Society Islands (French Polynesia)
Francesco LATTANZI (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Japanese Ethnographies of the Pacific: New Perspectives on Melanesian Religion and Spirituality
Rodolfo MAGGIO (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 15

Science, Pseudo-Science and New Religious Movements

Chair: Rosita ŠORYTĖ

Flat Truth: Contemporary Flat Earth Beliefs—Between Science and Religion 
Jean-François MAYER (Religioscope, Fribourg, Switzerland)

Getting to the Core of Things! A Hollow-Earth Response to the Scholar Jean-François Mayer
Holly FOLK (Western Washington University, Bellingham, U.S.A.)

From Hyper-real Religions to Hyper-real Science
Roberto PAURA (University of Perugia, Italy)

Mary Baker Eddy Goes to the Moon: The Century 21 Expo, Apollo 14, and the Christian Science Monitor Microfilm
Cindy Peyser SAFRONOFF (Independent Scholar, U.S.A.)

4.20 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 16

Ecospirituality: The Postmodern Phenomenon of the “Re-enchantment of Nature”

Chair: Antonio CAMORRINO

The Ecological Habitus and its Relationship with Ecospirituality: A Practice Sociological Perspective
David BROWN (Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, United Kingdom)

Migrant Imagery and Ecospirituality: A Survey Among Asylum-Seekers
Raffaella Monia CALIA (University of Napoli Federico II, Italy)

Enchantment or Desecration of Nature? Individual Actions and Social Rules
Angelo ZOTTI (University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Caserta, Italy)

 

Friday September 6, 2019

 

9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / Session 17

New Movements and Ancient Traditions

Chair: Małgorzata Alicja DULSKA

Universal Medicine: The Ritual Dimension
Angela COCO (Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia)

Modern Stone Circles: A Re-enchantment of the Landscape
Carole M. CUSACK (The University of Sydney, Australia)

The State and Contemporary Western Witchcraft in Japan
Eriko KAWANISHI (Professional Institute of International Fashion, Osaka, Japan)

The Nordic Resistance Movement: Contemporary Nazism as a New Religious Movement?
Liselotte FRISK (Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden)

9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / Session 18

The Fourth Secularisation: Autonomy of Individual Lifestyles

Book Presentation: Luigi Berzano, The Fourth Secularisation: Autonomy of Individual Lifestyles, Routledge 2019

Introducing and Presenting: Massimo INTROVIGNE

Discussants: Luigi BERZANO (University of Torino, Italy), Enzo PACE (University of Padova, Italy), Roberto SCALON (University of Torino, Italy), Emanuela DEL RE (Italian Sociological Association, Roma, Italy), Oreste AIME (Theological Faculty of Torino, Italy)

9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / Session 19

Tommaso Palamidessi e la sua eredità: l’Archeosofia

Chair: PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI

Introduzione alla vita e opere di Tommaso Palamidessi
Gina LULLO (University of Siena, Italy)

Archeosofia, Scuola Archeosofica, Associazione Archeosofica. La libertà religiosa e l’unità delle religioni
Francesco CRESTI (Lawyer, Roma, Italy)

L’Archeosofia e la metafisica sperimentale di Palamidessi, ovvero la pratica spirituale
Daniele CORRADETTI (PhD candidate, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)

9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / Session 20

Eastern Asian New Religions

Chair: YAO Yushuang

Re-enchanting the Victor Christ Cho & Living Buddha Lu: Focused on the Victory Altar and the True Buddha School
HAN Gang-Hyen (International Academy of Neo-Humans Culture, Bucheon City, South Korea)

The Religious Educational Accesses in Conflict Healing: Focused on the Idea of Sangsaeng (Mutual Beneficence) of Daesoon Jinrihoe
KIM Yeong Joo (Daejin University, Pocheon City, South Korea) and KIM Seung Nam (Daejin University, Pocheon City, South Korea)

A Critical Analysis in Quest of the Relationship Between Caodaism and New Religious Movements: Comparison and Appraisal
Mohammad ALAM (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)

The Visual Arts in Daesoon Jinrihoe
LEE Jeeyoung (Daejin University, Pocheon City, South Korea) and LEE Gyungwon (Daejin University, Pocheon City, South Korea)

9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / Session 21

Healing Practices in Shamanism

Chair: Enrico COMBA and Lia ZOLA

Masks of Disorder: Curing Rituals and Seasonal Ceremonies Among the Iroquoians
Enrico COMBA (University of Torino, Italy)

From Persecution to Reinvention: Noiadevuotha and Sami Indigenous Worldview as Sources of Meaning in Contemporary Sami Contexts
Erika De VIVO (University of Torino, Italy)

Local Knowledge, Global Healing? Assessing Healing Transformations in Eastern Siberia
Lia ZOLA (University of Torino, Italy)

Convergences and Discontinuities in Neo-shamanic Practices and Psychotherapy Courses
Denise LOMBARDI (GSRL - Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France)

9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / Session 22

Narration, Religious Change, and Controversies

Chair: Edward IRONS

The Prayer of a Personal God: Beck and the (Poetic) Narration of the Sacred
Andrea LOMBARDINILO (D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy)

Re-enchanting Bulgaria: Changes in Religious Communities
Mario MARINOV (South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria)

The Nxivm Crash and Its Complications
James BEVERLEY (Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Canada)

Popular Piety in Oakland, California
Constance A. JONES (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, U.S.A.)

9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. / Session 23

From Swedenborg to the New Age

Chair: Karolina Maria HESS

Swedenborgianism in the Netherlands
Elly MULDER (Leiden University, Netherlands)

The Views of the Leaders of the New Age Movement on Traditional Religion
Robert T. PTASZEK (The John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin, Poland)

Canada’s (Post) “New Age” Spiritual Centers and the Impact of the Internet in the Context of Digital Religion
Roland SHAINIDZE (York University, Toronto, Canada)

New Age Pilgrims Between Individual Autonomy and Social Control
Andrey TIUKHTIAEV (European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

11 a.m. - 11.20 a.m. / Coffee Break

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 24

Global Spirituality: Multiple Perspectives on an Emerging Religious Form

Chair: Boaz HUSS

Multiple Spiritualities: The Italian Case
Stefania PALMISANO (University of Torino, Italy)

Spirituality as a Worldview, Spirituality as a Discourse
Zuzana KOSTICOVA (Charles University, Prague, Czechia)

Rainbow Gatherings: Global Pilgrimage of the Children of the Earth
Katri RATIA (Fribourg University, Switzerland)

A New Age Mecca?: Sedona, Arizona as a Focal Point for “Global Spirituality”
Susannah CROCKFORD (Ghent University, Belgium)

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 25

Engaging Contemporary and Historical Sacred Sites: Social and Gendered Identities

Chair: Eriko KAWANISHI

In Search of the “Unexpected” in Spaces of Encounter: The Supreme Court, Menstruating Women and Religious Sites in India
Amitha SANTIAGO (Bangalore University, India)

Prison as the Sanctuary of the Prophets
Andrew SKOTNICKI (Manhattan College, New York, U.S.A.)

Graveyard as a Site of Religious Contestation in India
Ashok Kumar MOCHERLA and James PONNIAH (University of Madras, India)

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 26

Globalized Islam

Chair: Mohammad ALAM

Pastoral Power and the Role of Diyanet Preachers In Europe
Chiara MARITATO (University of Graz, Austria)

Sport and Religion: Are They Resources or Barriers to Integrate Muslim Girls in European Societies?
Stefano MARTELLI (“Alma Mater Studiorum” University, Bologna, Italy)

Transnational and National Islamic Charitable Giving in the UK
Samantha MAY (University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom)

Women in Contemporary Mevlevye in Turkey: Reasons for Joining and Not Leaving
Hande GÜR (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 27

Christian Religious Movements in Context

Chair: Dyron DAUGHRITY

Third Millennium Religious Dynamics in the Twentieth Century: Jean Finot Challenges Weber
Carter CHARLES (Brigham Young University, Provo, U.S.A.)

Separating Church and State in ltaly: Civil Marriage and the Mormon Connection
Michael W. HOMER (Attorney and Independent Scholar, Salt Lake City, U.S.A.)

The Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Paradigm for Internet Strategies?
Wolfgang BATTMANN (University of Berlin, Germany)

La Luz del Mundo in Poland. A Report
Karolina Maria HESS and Małgorzata Alicja DULSKA (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 28

Religious Women in the Third Millennium: Continuity and Change

Chair: Milda ALISAUŠKIENĖ

Religious Women and Feminism in Contemporary Italy
Alberta GIORGI (University of Bergamo, Italy)

Spirituality Language and Gender at the Marian Shrine of Fátima
Anna FEDELE (Lisbon University Institute, Portugal)

Intersections Between Religion and Feminism: Opposing the Femonationalist Discourse
Erika BERNACCHI (University of Firenze, Italy)

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 29

Healing Practices: Spiritual Approaches to Wellbeing

Chair: Alessandro GUSMAN and Emily PIERINI

Pentecostalism, Deliverance and the Quest for Therapy in Uganda
Alessandro GUSMAN (University of Torino, Italy)

Learning to Heal: Developing Mediumship in the Vale do Amanhecer
Emily PIERINI (The American University of Rome, Italy)

The Health of Animals and Things: A Multi-species Approach on Healing and Communication in Afro-Brazilian Candomblé
Giovanna CAPPONI (CEFRES/Charles University, Prague, Czechia)

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 30

Religion, Morality, and Society

Chair: Angela COCO

Spirituality in Nursing: A Concept Analysis
Carla MURGIA (Roma Tre University, Italy)

The Emerging of Ultimate Questions in Public Communication of Science: A Discourse Analysis
Benedetta NICOLI (Catholic University of Milano, Italy)

Moralizing High Gods in the Digital Era
Tamás NYIRKOS (National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary)

Ancient Wisdom in the Modern Life: I Ching Application of Taiwan Weixin Shengjiao
CHANG Ching-Wen (National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan)

11.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Session 31

Sex, Magic and the Police: The Saga of Guru Jara

Chair: Camelia MARIN

Would the Real Guru Jara Please Stand Up?
Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, TORINO, Italy)

Tantric Tradition in the Spiritual Teaching of Guru Jara
Pavel HLAVINKA (Palacky University Olomouc, Czechia)

Guru Jara: A Legal Odyssey
Alessandro AMICARELLI (Attorney, London, UK) [paper prepared in co-operation with Willy FAUTRÉ, Human Rights Without Frontiers, Brussels, Belgium]

1 p.m. - 2.15 p.m. / Business Lunch

2.15 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. / Session 32

Autonomous Processes of Religious Experience

Chair: Enzo PACE

“Religious Experience” of Atheists, Agnostics and Nones in Rome: The Results of International Research about the Lived Religion
Simona SCOTTI (Italian Sociological Association, Roma, Italy)

Religious Minorities: The Role of Religion in Making Minorities an Actor of Change
Emanuela C. DEL RE (Italian Sociological Association, Roma, Italy)

The Quality of Religion: Methodological Issues
Roberto CIPRIANI (Italian Sociological Association, Roma, Italy)

Under the Religion Heading: Believing and Not Believing Beyond and Within the Systems of Religious Belief
Enzo PACE (Italian Sociological Association, Roma, Italy)

The “Ikeification of the Sacred Imagery”: The “Re-enchantment of the World” and the “Spiritual Turn”
Antonio CAMORRINO (Italian Sociological Association, Roma, Italy)

Social Remittances and Religiosity: How Migratory Movements Affect Religion and Religious Practices in a Trans-National Social Space
Nicolamaria COPPOLA (Italian Sociological Association, Roma, Italy)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 33

Of Spirits, Aliens, and Revelations

Chair: Eileen BARKER

Slavic UFO and Expectations Towards the Turn of the Century: The Peculiar Case of Antrovis
Karolina Maria HESS and Małgorzata Alicja DULSKA (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

Transhumanism and Its Progeny: Cryonics, High Tech NRMS, and What They Portend
Edward A. IRONS (The Hong Kong Institute for Culture, Commerce and Religion, Hong Kong)

Transforming the Body: Food Culture in Russian Channeling
Ksenia KOLKUNOVA (Independent Scholar, Moscow, Russia)

Comparison between Daesoon Thought and Baha’i Faith
HA Jeeyoung (Daejin University, Pocheon City, South Korea)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 34

Religions and Spiritualities

Chair: James BEVERLEY

Who Do You Say I Am? Identity, Democracy, and Crisis in the 21st Century
Leonard McMAHON (University of California Berkeley, U.S.A.)

Schools and Religious Diversity: Why Teacher Professionalism Needs Diversity Awareness
Maryam Laura MOAZEDI (Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria)

Telling Spiritualities: Youth and Spirituality Compared
Stefano SBALCHIERO (University of Padova, Italy)

“Pandeism,” or the Creator Who Becomes the Universe: Its Roots and Developments
Michele AMICARELLI (psychotherapist, London, United Kingdom)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 35

New Religious Movements and Politics

Chair: Guy BEN-PORAT and Luca OZZANO

The Politics of a “New Spirituality” Community: The Case of the Damanhur Federation
Luca OZZANO (University of Torino, Italy)

In the Service of God or Power? The Gülen Movement as a Multi-layered Parapolitical Organization and its Diasporization
Ahmet Erdi OZTURK (University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A.)

Commando Cults: NRMs and Militarism in Israel
Guy BEN-PORAT and Boaz HUSS (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 36

Students Panel 1

Chair: Roberta PIBIRI

O.T.O.: erede della moderna massoneria oltre che sorella in un’unica rosa?
Silvia FIORELLA (University of Torino, Italy)

Verso una nuova definizione di religione. Il caso del Matha Gitananda Ashram
Federica VITALI (University of Torino, Italy)

Reinventare l’antica religione druidica: un’etnografia del Neodruidismo
Martina VANZO (University of Torino, Italy)

Narrative e pratiche dello sciamanesimo femminile del Nord Europa contemporaneo
Costanza DE MARIA (University of Torino, Italy)

2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m. / Session 37

Body Implications and Self-improvement in Pilgrimage Experience

Chair: Monica GILLI and Giovanna RECH

Contemporary Pilgrimage, the Italian Walkers of Santiago de Compostela: From the Exhaustion of the Body to the Production of Oneself
Tome BODIONG (University of Calabria, Rende, Italy)

From the Alleys Communities to Mount Pellegrino: The Devotion to Santa Rosalia
Rossana SALERNO (“Kore” University, Enna, Italy)

Transnationalizing Western Alternative Medicine: The Case of Homeopathy
Holly FOLK (Western Washington University, Bellingham, U.S.A.)

Health Care Through the Vital Force of Nature: Therapeutic Treatments in Afro-Brazilian Religions
Daniela CALVO (University of Torino, Italy)

2.15 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. / Session 38

Localizing Religious Minorities

Chair: Alberta GIORGI

Converted Places
Matteo BOLLINI (University of Padova, Italy)

Towards a Super-diverse Christianity: Catholic and Evangelical “Ethnic Churches” in Milan
Samuele Davide MOLLI (Catholic University of Milano, Italy)

Religiosity and Bereavement: The Complex Entanglements Between Online and Offline Spaces
Roberto MARCHISIO (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy) and Alberta GIORGI (University of Bergamo, Italy)

The Italian Pastafarian Church: Highlighting the Relationship Between Religion and Politics as a Parody Religion in Italy
Jacopo RANZATO (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

The Place of the Others – Religious Minorities and the Right to the City: A Comparative Case-study
Luca BOSSI (University of Torino, Italy)

The Territorial Strategies of the Punjabi Sikh Community Between Necessity and New Dynamics
Silvia OMENETTO (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

4 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. / Coffee break

4.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. / Session 39

Charismatic Leadership: Birth, Transition, and Demise

Chair and Respondent: Eileen BARKER

Following the Charisma: Understanding Charisma Through Followers
George D. CHRYSSIDES (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Charisma and Gender – Women Leaders of New Religions: Innovators or Tradition Holders?
Milda ALISAUŠKIENĖ (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Anointing Your Successor: How Charisma is Transferred in a Chinese Tradition
Edward A. IRONS (The Hong Kong Institute for Culture, Commerce and Religion, Hong Kong)

The Demise of Charisma
Liselotte FRISK (Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden)

4.30 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Session 40

Embracing the Unknown: Altered and Modified States of Consciousness in the Twentieth Century

Chair: Alessandro AMICARELLI

Altered States and Telepathy: The Strange Experiences and Life of Emilio Servadio (1904-1995)
Michele OLZI (University of Insubria, Varese, Italy)

Body, Care, and Trance
Raffaella Sabra PALMISANO (University of Insubria, Varese, Italy)

Music, Singing, Dancing and Hypnotic Trance
Alessandra AMBROSINO (Independent Scholar, Italy)

4.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. / Session 41

Era of Renaissance: New Religious Movements in Contemporary Taiwan

Chair: Massimo INTROVIGNE

A Radical Buddhism for Modern Confucians: Tzu Chi in Socio-Historical Perspective
YAO Yushuang (Fo Guang University, Jiaoxi Township, Taiwan)

Christianity as Model and Analogue in the Formation of “Humanistic” Buddhism
Richard GOMBRICH (Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom)

Discussion on the Lifelong Learning Institutions of Taiwan’s Religious Non-profit Organization: I Ching University of Taiwan’s Weixin Shengjiao
CHANG Jimmy Ching-Ming (I Ching University of Weixin Shengjiao, Taiwan)

Baha’ism from Iran to Taiwan
MAO Ti-Sheng (National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan)

Fu Zhi: The Bliss and Wisdom Buddhist Group
MU Sihao (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, France)

4.30 p.m. - 6.15 p.m. / Session 42

Students Panel 2

Chair: Benedetta NICOLI

Il Danyi-Piilo: riforma e istituzionalizzazione della religione apatani in Arunachal Pradesh
Federico CERATTO and Linda GERBAUDO (University of Torino, Italy)

Credenze e pratiche della Tariqa Shadhiliyya a Torino
Sondoss LEMJID and Angela Maria Rachele FERRETTI (University of Torino, Italy)

Motivazioni e vissuti dei partecipanti alla Tariqa Shadhiliyya a Torino
Laura PODETTI and Federico VIOLA (University of Torino, Italy)

Il culto dei Marabutti
Latifa TALBI (University of Torino, Italy)

4.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. / Session 43

Tavola rotonda: Spiritualità in Italia. Discorsi in movimento

Chair: Luigi BERZANO

Introducing: Stefania PALMISANO e Stefano SBALCHIERO

Participants: Erika BERNACCHI (University of Firenze, Italy), Antonio CAMORRINO (University of Napoli Federico II, Italy), Roberto CIPRIANI (Roma Tre University, Italy), Anna FEDELE (University of Bolzano, Italy), Franco GARELLI (University of Torino, Italy), Monica GILLI (University of Torino, Italy), Alberta GIORGI (University of Bergamo, Italy), Enzo PACE (University of Padova, Italy), Simona SCOTTI (University of Firenze, Italy), Emily PIERINI (American University of Rome, Italy), Giovanna RECH (University of Trento, Italy), PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI (CESNUR, Torino, Italy), Lia ZOLA (University of Torino, Italy)

 

Saturday September 7, 2019

 

9.30 a.m. / Field Trip: The Church Universal Soul and Damanhur

Buses leave from the Campus Luigi Einaudi at 9.30 a.m. to visit the two main new religious movements in the Province of Torino: the Church Universal Soul and Damanhur. We will first be welcomed at the Church Universal Soul, tour its facilities and temple, and have lunch there. We will then proceed to Damanhur, where we will visit the Open Temple and the underground Temples of Humankind, and conclude with the conference’s banquet at Damanhur Crea. Buses will be back in Torino approximately at 11 p.m.


Hotels

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