CESNURs 13th International Conference
Bryn Athyn*, Pennsylvania, USA
(*16 miles from City Hall, Philadelphia)
June 2-4, 1999
Organized jointly by:
CESNUR - Center for Studies on New Religions, Torino, Italy
The Faculty of The Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL MINORITIES IN THE 20TH CENTURY: GLOBALIZATION AND LOCALIZATION
DAY 1 - JUNE 2, 1999
9-11 SESSION 1 (PLENARY)
GLOBALIZATION AND LOCALIZATION
Chair: Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN
Greetings by Academic Authorities
J. Gordon MELTON (Institute for the Study of American Religion, Santa Barbara), "The Rise of the Study of New Religions"
Eileen BARKER (London School of Economics), "Multinational Communities"
Jean-François MAYER (University of Fribourg), "New Religious Movements: Facing the Challenges of the Internet"
11.30-13 SESSION 2 (PLENARY)
THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOME NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
Chair: Massimo INTROVIGNE
William Sims BAINBRIDGE (National Science Foundation, Washington DC), "Values and Alienation Among the Children of God"
Lawrence FOSTER (Georgia Institute of Technology), "Black Muslim and Reorganized Mormons: The Transformation of Two New Religious Movements in America"
Reender KRANENBORG (Free University of Amsterdam), "Brahma Kumaris as a New Development and a New Religion"
14.30-16.30 SESSION 3
Chair: James T. RICHARDSON
Boris FALIKOV (Russian State Universities of Humanities), "New Religious Movements and the Russian Orthodox Church"
Galina KRYLOVA (Attorney, Moscow), "The Jehovahs Witnesses Case in Moscow"
14.30-16.30 SESSION 4 (in French)
GNOSTICISME, ROSE-CROIX ET NOUVEAUX MOUVEMENTS RELIGIEUX
Chair: PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI
Jean-Claude PASCAL (Mareil-sur-Mauldre, France), "Le temps: une farce cosmique"
Pierre GOHAR (Nouaillé Maupertuis, France), "La spiritualité est-elle nécessairement rationnelle?"
Sylvain IMBS (Paris, France), "Comportementalisme, dissidences thérapeutiques, hygiénisme et nouveaux mouvements religieux"
Orestis TERZIDIS (Antibes, France), "Fin de la science?"
Sébastien GRÉGOV (Fontainebleau, France), "Généalogie de la morale rosicrucienne"
14.30-16.30 SESSION 5
RELIGION, SCIENCE, GLOBALIZATION
Chair: Reender KRANENBORG
Anand NAYAK (University of Fribourg), "Globalization of Religious and Spiritual Minorities: Steps in Discernment"
Ferren MacINTYRE (National University of Ireland), "Is Religion a Kinship Surrogate?"
Pino LUCA TROMBETTA (University of Bologna), "Logic and Contents of Religious Syncretism "
Federico SQUARCINI (Graduate Student, University of Florence ), " What is New in New Religious Movements?"
Michael L. MICKLER (Unification Theological Seminary), "Explosion v. Implosion: Two Extinction Scenarios of New Religious Movements"
17-18.30 SESSION 6
Chair: Anand NAYAK
Paul S. DODENHOFF (Drew University), "Identity, Authority and Growth: Stark's Model and the American Baha'i Community."
Robert STOCKMAN (DePaul University), "The Bahai Concept of Unity and its Implications for External and Internal Dialogue"
Margit WARBURG (University of Copenhage), "New Religions, Baha'is, and the Global Field"
Will C. van den HOONAARD (University of New Brunswick), "Exploring Near-to-the-Heart Issues: The Equality of Women and Men in the Baha'i Community of Canada"
17-18.30 SESSION 7
Chair: Lawrence FOSTER
J. Edgar BAUER (University of Heidelberg), "Franz Kafka: Power, Religious Minorities, and the Inception of Existence"
Kuniko FUJIWARA (Ochanomizu University), "From Private Experience to Public Environment: On the Development of the Guza Mifsud Movement in Malta"
Mark KOLTKO-RIVERA (New York University), "Mysticism and Mormonism: Contradiction and Strain in a New Religious Movement"
16.45-18.45 SESSION 8
MOVIE SESSION: "FAIRY TALE"
Chair: James SANTUCCI
Michael W. HOMER (CESNUR USA, Salt Lake City), "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Fairies, and Theosophy"
Movie: "Fairy Tale: A True Story"
20,30 SESSION 9
A CRASH COURSE ON BRYN ATHYNS ANTECEDENTS AND HISTORY
Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church)
DAY 2 - JUNE 3, 1999
9-11 SESSION 10 (PLENARY)
CULT CONTROVERSIES OLD AND NEW
Chair: David BROMLEY
Philip JENKINS (Penn State University), "The Great Anti-Cult Scare 1925-1945"
Thomas KEISER (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "Investigator Polarization in the Study of New Religious Movements: A Constructivist Position"
Herbert ROSEDALE (American Family Foundation, New York), "Legal Ramifications of the Brainwashing Argument"
Dick ANTHONY (Forensic psychologist, Richmond, California), "Tactically Altered Versions of the Brainwashing Argument"
11.30-13 SESSION 11 (PLENARY)
THE GREAT EUROPEAN CULT SCARE
Chair: Eileen BARKER
George D. CHRYSSIDES (University of Wolverhampton), "The Rise of the Counter-Cult Movement in Post-Christian Britain"
Philip BRUMLEY (Attorney, Patterson, New York), "Protecting Religious Convictions: Is European Paternalism Necessary?"
Massimo INTROVIGNE (CESNUR, Torino) and James RICHARDSON (University of Nevada, Reno), "European Parliamentary Reports on Cults and the Brainwashing Argument"
Willy FAUTRE (Human Rights Without Frontiers, Bruxelles), "Cult Controversies in France"
14.30-16.30 SESSION 12
THE MOVEMENT OF SPIRITUAL INNER AWARENESS (MSIA)
Chair: J. Gordon MELTON
Dell DeCHANT (University of South Florida), "New Thought and the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness"
Constance JONES (California Institute for Integral Studies), "New Age Religion: MSIA and Ramtha"
James SANTUCCI (California State University, Fullerton), "Esoteric Themes in MSIA Thought"
Robert S. ELLWOOD (University of Southern California), "The Americanization of Asian Religion: The Case of MSIA"
14.30-16.30 SESSION 13
DEVELOPMENTS IN CHRISTIAN MOVEMENTS
Chair: George D. CHRYSSIDES
Stephen D. GLAZIER (University of Nebraska), "Spiritual Baptist Prayer: Spirituality, Sex Roles and Altered States of Consciousness in a New Religious Movement"
Richard SALTER (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), "Reference Groups, Established Religions and New Religious Groups"
Kent GUNNARSSON (University of Umea), "Swedenborgs Impact on Contemporary Swedish Faith Movement"
Stephen HUNT (University of Reading), "The Health and Prosperity Gospel of the Faith Movement: Some Regional Variations with Special Reference to Britain"
14.30-16.55 SESSION 14
MEDIA, NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS, AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Chair: Jean-François MAYER
Ryan C. COOK (University of Chicago), "Reporters in God-Land, Texas: The Role of Mass Media in a New Religious Movements Adaptation to Suburban America"
Forrest JACKSON (Dallas, Texas), "Chen Tao: A Personal Encounter"
Michael PROTERRA (Creighton Universitry), "From the True Face of God to Religious Liberty"
Justin WATSON (Florida State University), "Cults and Death on the Editorial Page: Jonestown, Waco, and Heavens Gate"
Shelley RABINOVITCH (University of Ottawa), "Cat-Herding: Neo-Pagan Attempts at Institutionalization in Canada"
James A. BEVERLEY (Tyndale Seminary, Toronto), "Paper Wars: The Post vs. The Times on Sun Myung Moon"
17-18.30 SESSION 15
BOOK SESSION: "THE POLITICS OF RELIGIOUS APOSTASY"
Chair: Lynne NEALE
Panel: David BROMLEY (editor of the book), Eileen BARKER, James T. RICHARDSON, Massimo INTROVIGNE
17-18.30 SESSION 16
THE GLOBALIZATION OF ESOTERICISM
Chair: Robert S. ELLWOOD
Mark SEDGWICK (American University of Cairo), "The Globalization and Localization of Traditionalism"
PierLuigi ZOCCATELLI (CESNUR, Torino), "Notes on an Unpublished Correspondence between René Guénon and Louis Charbonneau-Lassay"
Mark STAVISH (Counselor, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), "Alchemy and Its Modern Practitioners"
Christopher HARTNEY (Graduate Student, University of Sydney) and Sergei BLAGOV (University of Moscow), "The Globalization of Caodaism"
17-18.30 SESSION 17
LOCALIZATION AND GLOBALIZATION IN EUROPE
Chair: Ulf SJODIN
Tiago SANTOS (New University of Lisbon), "An Analysis of the Portuguese Scholarly Discourse on the New Religious Movements"
Miguel FARIAS (New University of Lisbon), " The Siege of Oportos Coliseum : Portuguese Media and the New Religious Movements"
Tuomas A.K. MARTIKAINEN (Bo Akademi University), "Globalization and New Religious Movements in Turku"
Kimmo KETOLA (University of Helsinki), "Globalizing Krishna-Bhakti: Cultural Transplantation of Indian Religion to Western Societies"
Nikandr GILLS (University of Latvia), "Reactions of Latvian Mass Media to New Religious Movements"
17-18.30 SESSION 18
GLOBALIZATION OF SWEDENBORGIANISM: COPING WITH RELIGIOUS ISOLATION
Chair: Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN
Elaine KIM (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "Korea and Argentina"
Liliya FRUMKIN (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "Israel and Russia"
Taras TKACHOV (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "Ukraine"
Sonia WERNER (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "Concluding Remarks"
17-18.30 SESSION 19
LEGAL, ETHICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES IN DEALING WITH THE NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS: A CULT AWARENESS PERSPECTIVE
Chair: Thomas KEISER (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church)
Herbert ROSEDALE (American Family Foundation, New York), "Cults the Law and You - What You Have to Lose"
Steve DUBROW-EICHEL (Clinical psychologist, Philadelphia), "Can Scientists be Deceived? Empirical Evidence from Social Psychology and History"
Priscilla COATES (New York), "The Paradox of Freedom in a Litigious Age"
19.15 COCKTAIL SPONSORED BY THE SWEDENBORG FOUNDATION
THE POLITICS OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
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 - JUNE 4, 1999
8.30 - 10 SESSION 20 PLENARY
Chair: James T. RICHARDSON
Ulf SJODIN (University of Umea), "Changing Views on Religion and Science: A Theoretical Outline"
Frank USARSKI (Pontifical Catholic University, Sao Paulo, Brazil), "Religious Adaptation through Reincarnation? The Role of Lama Michel, the Little Buddha of Sao Paulo, within the Globalized Tibetan Buddhist Movement of Lama Gangchen"
Catherine ALBANESE (University of California, Santa Barbara), "Tell My Cat: Animal Communication, Nature Religion, and Metaphysics"
10.30-12 SESSION 21 PLENARY
SWEDENBORGS CONTINUING INFLUENCE
Chair: Jean-François MAYER
Sonia WERNER (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "The Psychological Cost of Religious Isolation: Small Swedenborgian Communities"
Ray SILVERMAN (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "The Way of the Divine Commandments"
Jane WILLIAMS-HOGAN (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), "One Church, Different Voices: Internationalization and the Swedenborgian Church"
12.15-13 SESSION 22 PLENARY
Chair: J. Gordon MELTON
Solveiga KRUMINA-KONKOVA (University of Latvia) and Nikandrs GILLS (University of Latvia), "Development of the New Religious Movements and Its Social and Cultural Context in Contemporary Latvia"
Timothy MILLER (University of Kansas), "Father Divine: A General Overview" (Introduction to the field trip)
14.30 FIELD TRIP: FATHER DIVINES PENNSYLVANIA (Dinner Included)
DAY 4 (OPTIONAL) - JUNE 5, 1999
9.00 - 18.00 FIELD TRIP 2: THE AMISH OF LANCASTER COUNTY (Lunch Included)
Tickets for the field trips will be on sale at the conference. Walking tours of Bryn Athyn will be offered every day for small groups. Information on hotels, other information and a registration form will be posted shortly. For additional information you may contact CESNUR.
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