INFORM Seminar XLIX
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,
London School of Economics, Saturday 1 December 2012
To register: WE ARE NOW TAKING PAYPAL BOOKINGS: www.inform.ac/seminar-payment
Or post a booking form (attached) and a cheque payable to ‘Inform’ to Inform, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE.
(Inform@lse.ac.uk; 020 7955 7677).
Tickets (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea) paid by 12 November 2012 cost Â£38 each (Â£18 students/unwaged).
NB. Tickets booked after 12 November 2012 will cost Â£48 each (Â£28 students/unwaged).
A limited number of seats will be made available to A-Level students at Â£10 before 12 November 2012 (Â£20 after 12 November). A party of 5 or more A-Level students from one school can include one member of staff at the same price.
The presence of speakers on an Inform programme does not mean that Inform endorses their position.
The aim of Inform Seminars is to help participants to understand, or at least recognise, different perspectives.
For Informâ€™s codes of practice see www.Inform.ac
9.30-9.50 Registration and coffee
9.50-10.00 Welcome and Introduction
10.00-10.25 Eileen Barker (Professor Emeritus, LSE; Chair & Honorary Director, Inform)
â€œRe-vision and Division in New Religions: Some Introductory Remarksâ€
10.25-10.50 Claire Borowik (Co-Director of the Worldwide Religious News Service, and member of The Family International)
â€œThe Family International: Rebooting for the Futureâ€
10.50-11.15 J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at Baylor University)
â€œWhen Science Intervenesâ€”Revising Claims in the New Ageâ€
11.45-12.10 Susan Palmer (Lecturer in Religious Studies, Dawson College / Concordia University)
â€œDr. Malach Z. Yorkâ€™s Spiritual Divagationsâ€
12.10-12.35 Masoud Banisadr (PhD in chemical engineering and engineering mathematics, and former member of MEK)
â€œThe Metamorphism of MEK (Mujahedin e Khalgh) and its Schismâ€
12.35-13.00 Mike Mickler (Professor of Church History, Unification Theological Seminary)
“The Post-Sun Myung Moon Unification Church”
14.00-14.25 James Tong (Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles)
â€œThe Re-Invented Wheel: Revisioning and Diversification in the Falun Gong, 1992-2012â€
14.25-14.50 David V. Barrett, PhD (Freelance Writer)
â€œThe Fragmentation of a Sect: Revisioning Beliefs and Schisms in the Worldwide Church of God”
15.20-15.45 Eugene Gallagher (Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College)
â€œThe Branch Davidiansâ€
15.45-16.10 Massimo Introvigne (Lawyer and Managing Director of CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions), Turin)
â€œMormon Origins – Revisionism or Re-Interpretation?â€
16.10-16.50 Panel Discussion