CFP: Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future


Less Than One Week to Deadline!



Inform’s Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

London School of Economics, WC2A 2AE

31 January – 2 February 2014


Celebrating over a quarter of a century of providing information that is as reliable and up-to-date as possible about minority religions, Inform invites you to submit a (maximum) 200-word abstract and 150-word CV on topics relevant to the title of the conference to The deadline for papers is Tuesday 1st October 2013, with decisions by 1st November 2013. Participants who wish to organise special (90 minute) sessions should submit the name, abstract and CV of each of the contributors to their sessions.

Unfortunately no subsidies can be offered to participants, who will be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Registration will open on 1st November 2013. See for further details and

Draft Programme Outline (21/9/13)


Friday 31 January


15.00:  Registration opens (tea and coffee will be available)

15.30: Introductory talk about the London School of Economics and tour of the campus

17.30: Welcome and Plenary Panel A: “Stakeholders”

when representatives of some of the sections of society that have used Inform will briefly describe what they have gained from their association with Inform and what they would like Inform and students of minority religions to focus on in the future:

The Established Church: The Right Reverend Graham Jones, Lord Bishop of Norwich

The Media: Dr Damian Thompson, columnist for the Daily Telegraph

Politics: Stuart Hoggan, Deputy Director, Integration Division, Department for Communities and Local Government

The Police: Ron Gilbertson, former police officer

The Law: Philip Katz QC, Barrister

Academia: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, LSE

19.30: Reception and Launch of the Ashgate/Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements


Saturday 1 February


09.30–11.00: Plenary Panel B: Members or former members of new religious movements

with high visibility in the 1980s (the Unification Church; the Church of Scientology; ISKCON; the Children of God/Family International) will talk about how their respective movements have changed over the past 25 years and how they envision their future.

11.00–11.30:   tea/coffee


11.30–13.00:  Parallel Sessions I

13.00 –14.00: lunch


14 .00 –15.30:  Parallel Sessions II


15.30–16.00: tea/coffee


16.00–17.30:  Parallel Sessions III


19.00: Anniversary Dinner (the cost of this will not be included in the registration fee)

Sunday 2 February


09.30–11.00:  Parallel Sessions IV


11.00:11.30 coffee/tea


11.30–13.00: Parallel Sessions V


13.00–14.00: lunch


14.00–15.30: Plenary Panel C:  “Cult Watchers”


15.30: Conference ends