Organized jointly by:
CESNUR - Center for Studies on New Religions, Torino, Italy
University of Latvia, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Academic Centre for the Study of Religions
CESNUR Latvia - Riga, Latvia
DAY 1 AUGUST 29, 2000
9-11 SESSION 1 (PLENARY)
NEW RELIGIOSITY IN THE 21st CENTURY
Chair: J. GORDON MELTON
Greetings by local Authorities and by Massimo INTROVIGNE (Managing Director, CESNUR)
Eileen BARKER, OBE (London School of Economics), "A New Religiosity or a New Spirituality? What's Out There for the Twenty-first Century?"
Maija KULE (Director, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia), "New Religiosity in the View of Philosophy"
Solveiga KRUMINA-KONKOVA (University of Latvia), "Particularity of New Religiosity in Latvia"
11.30-13 SESSION 2 (PLENARY)
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Chair: Nikandrs GILLS
Connie JONES (California Institute for Integral Studies), "Whats New about New Religions?"
J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion), "The Post-New Age Spiritual Emergence Movement"
Liselotte FRISK (Högskolan Dalarna), "The Satsang Movement: A Transnational Culture in the 21st Century"
14.30-16.30 SESSION 3 (ROOM A)
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS AND CONFLICTS IN RUSSIA
Chair: James T. RICHARDSON
Tatiana TOMAEVA (Institute for Religion and Law, Moscow), "Specifics of New Religious Teachings Formation in Russia (Analysis of the Doctrinal Evolution within the Last Covenant Church and Other Authentic Russian NRMs)"
Mikhail GUSKOV (Institute for Religion and Law, Moscow), "Notion of "Novelty" and Certain Civic Organizations of Religious Orientation in Russian Mentality"
Anatoly PCHELINTSEV (Director, Institute for Religion and Law, Moscow), " Non-Traditional Religions, Their Legal and Social Status in Present-day Russia: Russian Legislation of Religious Freedom Its Advantages and Contradictions"
Vladimir RYAKHOVSKY (President, Christian Legal Center, Moscow), "Legal Conflicts in the Area of Religious Freedom: Recent Court Cases that Involve Religious Groups Analysis of Accusations and of Court Decisions"
14.3016 SESSION 4 (ROOM B)
PERSPECTIVES ET CONTROVERSES DES PAYS FRANCOPHONES
Chair : Bernadette RIGAL-CELLARD
Yvon R. THÉROUX (Université du Québec à Montréal/Collège André-Grasset), " Les rescapés de lan 2000 et la spiritualité transphobique "
Benjamin-Hugo LEBLANC (candidat doctoral, E.P.H.E., Paris), " La perception des sectes dans les médias français "
Moussa KHEDIMELLAH (candidat doctoral, E.P.H.E.S.S., Paris), " Jeunes prédicateurs du mouvement Tabligh : la dignité identitaire retrouvée par le puritanisme religieux ? "
14.30-16.30 SESSION 5 (ROOM C)
PERSPECTIVES FROM POLAND
Chair: Nikandrs GILLS
J. Edgar BAUER (University of Heidelberg), "Tadeusz Kantor: Kenotic Theatrology and the Reality of the Lowest Rank"
Leslaw BOROWSKI (University of Lublin), "Freedom and Participants Position in Some Neo-Hinduistic NRMs"
Maciej KRZYWOSZ (University of Bialystok), "Why the Raelian Movement is not a Religion According to Polands Supreme Administrative Court"
Agnieszka KOSCIANSKA (Doctoral student, University of Warsaw), "Polish Anti-Cult Movements and their Vision of Cults and Sects"
16.4519 SESSION 6 (ROOM A)
NEW RELIGIOSITY IN THE BALTIC AREA
Chair: Solveiga KRUMINA-KONKOVA
Ringo RINGVEE (Department of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Republic of Estonia), "New Religious Movements in a Secular Society: The Case of Estonia"
Ruta ZILIUKAITE (Lithuanian Institute of Culture and Arts), "The Issue of Tolerance for Religious Minorities in Post-Communist Lithuanian Society"
Donatas GLODENIS (Ministry of Justice, Republic of Lithuania), "Social Institutions and the Unification Movement in Lithuania: Analysis of a Conflict"
Lea ALTNURME (University of Tartu), "Sacred Stories in Religious Biographies"
16.15-19 SESSION 7 (ROOM B)
GNOSTICISM WEST AND EAST
Chair: Connie JONES
Miceal LEDWITH (Maynooth University [em.]), "The Ultimate Challenge for Religion: The Quantum Age"
Joe DISPENZA (Yelms, Washington), "The Human Brain: Where Science and Religion Meet"
Marc GANDONNIÈRE (St. Mars, France), "Swami Premanandas Movement: New Religion or Traditional Hinduism?" (in French, with English summary)
Clément CONTAN (Lille, France), "Does the Jungian Process of Individuation Allow for Souls Transfiguration?"
Sebastien GREGOV (Fontainebleau, France), "From the Second to the Twentieth Century, Being a Gnostic Still Means Being (Self-)Revolutionary: The Experience of the Pistis Sophia"
Sylvain IMBS (Paris, France), "Spagyrists and Spagyrical Treatments: An Alchemists Trip to the Europe of 21st Century"
Jean-Claude PASCAL (Mareil sur Maudre, France), "A Gnostic Reinterpretation of the Dialogue between Eve and the Snake"
16.45-18.15 SESSION 8 (ROOM C)
RELIGIOUS CONTROVERSIES EAST AND WEST
Chair: Susan PALMER
Sergei BLAGOV (University of Moscow), "One Cannot Defend a Dominion with a Rosary in Hand: Caodaisms Armed Forces"
Jean SWANTKO (attorney, Coxsackie, New York), "Anti-Cultists, Social Policy, and the 1984 Island Pond Raid"
DAY 2 AUGUST 30, 2000
9-11 SESSION 9 (PLENARY)
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS: "OLD" AND "NEW"
Chair: Eileen BARKER
Michael W. HOMER (CESNUR U.S.A., Salt Lake City, Utah), "The Influx of NRMs in Europe After 1848"
James T. RICHARDSON (University of Nevada, Reno), "The Conflict between New and Minority Religions and the Government in France"
Susan PALMER (Dawson College, Montreal), "Quebec Apocalypse: "les sectes", Sovereignty and the New Religious Ferment"
Reender KRANENBORG (Free University of Amsterdam), "Reconciliation and New Religious Movements"
Jeffrey K: HADDEN (University of Virginia) - William Taft STUART (University of Maryland), "A New Strategy of Anti-cultism in America: An Examination of the Maryland Cult Task Force."
11.1513 SESSION 10 (PLENARY)
"FRINGE CATHOLIC" AND POST-CATHOLIC NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
Chair: Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN
(11.15-12) SUBSESSION 10.1 "FRINGE CATHOLIC" MOVEMENTS
Bill SWATOS (Association for the Sociology of Religion/Religious Research Association, Holiday, Florida), "Our Lady of Clearwater: Postmodern Traditionalism"
Bernadette RIGAL-CELLARD (Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux), "Millenarianism in Quebec: Pope Gregory XVII and His Movement"
(12-13) SUBSESSION 10.2 THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL SOUL (CHIESA ANIMA UNIVERSALE)
Massimo INTROVIGNE, with PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI and Veronica ROLDAN (CESNUR), "The Church Universal Soul (Chiesa Anima Universale) in Italy"
14.30 16.20 SESSION 11 (ROOM A)
AFRICAN AND ASIAN MOVEMENTS
Chair: Liselotte FRISK
J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion), "New Religions in an African Context"
Chris HARTNEY (Doctoral Student, University of Sydney), "Vietnamese Esotericism and the Chinese Mystical Model"
Susan PALMER (Dawson College, Montreal), "Falun Gong in Quebec"
James R. LEWIS (University of Wisconsin), "The Continuing Controversy on Aum Shinri-kyo/Aleph in Japan"
Jean-François MAYER (University of Fribourg), "The Success of a Prophetic Failure: Master Luo Minh Dang of Spiritual Human Yoga and His Millenarian Quasi-Religious Message"
14.30 16.30 SESSION 12 (ROOM B) (in English and Portuguese)
NEW AGE AND OTHER MOVEMENTS IN BRAZIL
Chair: PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI
Sandra DUARTE de SOUZA (São Paulo), "A Sociological and Theological Approach on Ecological Spirituality in Brazil and its Relation with the New Age Movements"
Leila AMARAL (Federal University of Juiz de Fora), "The Summoning of Happiness: The Relationship between Healing and New Age Spirituality"
Orivaldo P. LOPES, Jr. (Drew University), "Os Limites entre Religião e Ciência"
Deis Elucy SIQUEIRA (University of Brasilia), "Brasília: a construção da Terra prometida"
Silvia FERNANDES (State University of Rio de Janeiro), "Ver para creer: as novas investidas do catolicismo no Brasil atraves do Padre Marcelo Rossi"
14.3016.15 SESSION 13 (ROOM C)
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE
Chair: Boris FALIKOV
Mark SEDGWICK (American University, Cairo), "Russian Traditionalism"
A.M. SALNIKOVA, K.T. SERGADINA and P.G. CHISTYAKOV (graduate students, Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow), "Tolkienism in Russia and Other Countries of CIS"
Barbara POTRATA (Ph. D. candidate, University of Cambridge), "The New Age in Slovenia"
16.30-17.45 SESSION 14 (ROOM A)
CHRISTIAN NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
Chair: Reender KRANENBORG
Stephen HUNT (University of Reading), "The New Black Pentecostal Church in Britain"
Valdis TERAUDKALNS (Academy of Culture, Riga), " New charismatic churches in Latvia as samples of postmodern religious sub-culture"
Jean-François MAYER (University of Fribourg), "The Emergence of a Pilgrimage Religion in France: The Revelation of Arés"
17.50-19 SESSION 15 (ROOM A)
Chair: Massimo INTROVIGNE
PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI (CESNUR, Torino), "Seibo no Mikuni, a Catholic Apocalyptic Splinter Movement from Japan"
Guido BROICH (Policlinico di Milano), "Medical Science and Religious Consciousness"
Andrea MENEGOTTO (Milano), "The Lama Gangchen Movement in Italy"
Anna Maria TURI (Roma), "The Cesare Magrini's Firewalking Italian Center"
16.45-18.20 SESSION 16 (ROOM B)
LITIGATING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN NATIONAL COURTS AND BEFORE THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Chair: Michael W. HOMER
John Warwick MONTGOMERY (European Centre for Law and Justice)
Wil HENDRIKS (attorney, member of the Dutch Bar)
Benjamin W. BULL (European Centre for Law and Justice)
16.30-19 SESSION 17 (ROOM C)
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN UKRAINE
Chair: Eileen BARKER
Yevgeny MARTYNYUK (Odessa State University), "The Phenomenon of Nontraditional Religiosity as a Convergence Process in the Second Half of the 20th Century"
Yelena NIKITCHENKO (Odessa State Law Academy), "The Peculiarities of the Legal Situation of Non-Conventional Religion in Modern Ukraine"
Anatoly KOLODNY (National State University, Kiev), "NRMs in Ukraine in the Context of the Spiritual and Political Transformation of Post-Communist Society"
Lyudmila FILIPOVYCH (National State University, Kiev), "The Main Tendencies of the NRMs and their Changes in Ukraine during the Last Decade of the 20th Century"
Pavlo PAVLENKO (National State University, Kiev), "NRMs and National Revival in Ukraine"
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Solveiga KRUMINA-KONKOVA (University of Latvia) and Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR), presiding and introducing
Karen S. LORD, Counsel for Freedom of Religion, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), Washington DC
Jeremy GUNN, Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.
DAY 3 AUGUST 31, 2000
9-11 SESSION 18 (PLENARY)
NEW RELIGIONS IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
Chair: Reender KRANENBORG
Philip JENKINS (Pennsylvania State University), "The Jesus of the Cults: How the Esoteric Christ Became the Christ of Scholars"
J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion) and Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR), "Tragedy in Uganda: The Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God"
Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "The Swedenborgian Movement in Eastern Europe and Russia: Problems and Prospects"
Nikandrs GILLS (University of Latvia), "Jehovahs Witnesses in the Social and Cultural Context of Contemporary Latvia"
11.15-13 SESSION 19 (PLENARY)
RUSSIAN AND BALTIC PERSPECTIVES
Chair: James T. RICHARDSON
Margit WARBURG and Annika HVITHAMAR (University of Copenhagen), "History Repeating Itself: The Russian Orthodox Perception of History"
Boris FALIKOV (Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow), "Indigenous New Religious Movements in Russia: Do They Really Exist?"
Christina HARRINGTON (The Queens University, Belfast), "The Dark Ages as a Golden Age: Revived Paganism in Eastern Europe"
Agita MISANE (University of Latvia), "Pre-Christian Revivalism in Latvia (Introduction to the Field Trip)"
14.30-19.30 FIELD TRIP
PRE-CHRISTIAN REVIVALISM IN LATVIA
We will visit the picturesque town of Sigulda, 52 km from Riga. It is located on the Gauja riverbank in the territory of Gauja National Park. The unique beauty of the vicinity has given it the name of "Switzerland of Latvia". Sigulda was founded by German crusaders in 1207. On the outskirts of Sigulda are the ruins of the 13th century Turaida Castle, and fabled sandstone grottoes on the River Gauja. Below Turaida Castle we will visit Folksong Hill and Dainu Sculpture Park connected with the history of Latvian national folk heritage. There, we will meet with representatives of the "Dievturi" and other groups of pre-Christian revivalism, a growing religious movement in Latvia. Dinner included. Places are limited and pre-registration is strongly recommended.
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Symbols in the Church of Universal Soul - by PierLuigi Zoccatelli (CESNUR), with 56 original pictures
Medical Science and Religious Consciousness - by Guido Broich (School of Medicine, University of Milan)
History Repeating Itself: Russian Popular Perception of "Russian-ness" by Annika Hvithamar (University of Copenhagen)
Seibo No Mikuni, a Catholic Apocalyptic Splinter Movement from Japan - by PierLuigi Zoccatelli
The "New" Black Pentecostal Churches in Britain - by Stephen Hunt (University of Reading, England)
Greek Opposition to Evangelism - by John Warwick Montgomery (European Center for Law and Justice)
Polish anti-cult movements and their vision of cults and sects - by Agnieszka Koscianska
"The Jesus of the Cults": How the Esoteric Christ Became the Christ of Scholars - by Philip Jenkins (Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University)
"Cesare Magrini's Firewalking Center in Italy" - by Anna Maria Turi (Rome, Italy)
Sacred stories in religious biographies - by Lea Altnurme (University of Tartu, Estonia)
"Ver para crer": as novas investidas do catolicismo no Brasil através do Padre Marcelo Rossi - by Sílvia Regina Alves Fernandes (Doctoral Candidate, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
The problems of Religious Freedom in the Decisions of the Russian Constitutional Court - by Galina Krylova (attorney, Moscow)
Carnival of the Soul : on the 'Meeting for the New Consciousness' of Campina Grande - by Leila Amaral (Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil)
Defining the New Spirituality - by George D. Chryssides (University of Wolverhampton)
Jehovahs Witnesses in the Social and Cultural Context of Contemporary Latvia -by Nikandrs Gills, (University of Latvia)
Il movimento di Lama Gangchen in Italia, di Andrea Menegotto
The Center of Our Lady and Counterculture - by Boris Falikov (Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow)
New and Non-Traditional Religious Movements in Lithuania - by Donatas Glodenis
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