Spam: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCIENTOLOGY

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCIENTOLOGY (AND ANTOINISM)

Scientology in a scholarly perspective.

24-25 January 2014

Venue: Faculty for Comparative Studies of Religions (FVG) – Wilrijk (Antwerpen) Belgium

website: www.AntwerpFVG.org

Sponsor: The European Observatory of Religion and Laïcité (Secularism)http://www.observatoire-religion.com/

January 24. 2014

8h30-9h30 Welcome

9 h 30 – 9 h 45 : Pr Chris VonckDean of the Faculty for Comparative Studies of ReligionsWelcome speech.

9 h 45 – 10 h 15 : Eileen Barker. Keynote speaker

10h15 first session : The teachings of L. Ron Hubbard

Chair: Eileen Barker

10 h 30 – 11 h 00 : Marco Frenschkowski(Universität Leipzig)

– Images of religions and religious history in the works of L. Ron Hub­bard.

11 h 00 – 11 h 30 : Mikael Rothstein(University of Southern Denmark, Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas)

  • Space, Place and Mythology: The Physical Environment in Scientological Imaginations

11h30 – 11h45 Pause

11 h 45 Р12 h 15 : R̩gis Dericquebourg(University Charles De Gaulle-Lille3, CNRS-Paris)

– Scientology and Modern Theosophy. Similarities and differences.

13h00 – 14h00. Lunch

Second session : Sociological aspects of Scientology (1)

14 h 15 Chair : Bernadette Rigal-Cellard

14 h 15 – 14 h 45 : Keynote speaker. Gordon Melton(Baylor University)

– On doing research on Scientology : Prospects and Pitfalls

14 h 45 – 15 h 15 : Donald Westbrook(Claremont Graduate University)

– Invitation to Future Research on the Church of Scientology

15h15 – 16h00 Pause

16 h 00 – 16 h 30 : James Lewis

(University of Tromsø. Norway)

– The Dwindling Spiral: The Dror Center Schism, the Cook Letter and Scientology’s Legitimation Crisis.

16 h 30 – 17 h 00 : Kjersti Hellesøy

(University of Tromsø. Norway)

– « Messiah, prophet or religious entrepreneur: Hagiographies of L. Ron Hubbard. »

17h30 – 18h00 : Marco Ventura

(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

– « Religion or not-religion? Turning the dilemma into an advantage ».

January 25. 2014

Third Session: Sociological aspects of Scientology (2)

Chair : James Lewis

9 h 00 – 9 h 30 Keynote Speech : Massimo Introvigne

(Cesnur, Torino. Italia)

  • Does Scientology Believe in Brainswashing ? The strange Story of the “Brainwashing Manual of 1955

9 h 30 – 10 h 00 : Inga B. Tollefsen

(University of Tromsø. Norway)

– The Cult of Geeks

10 h 00 Р10 h 30 : Mat̩ Toth. Nagy Gabor

(University of Szeged)

– Scientologists in Hungary and Germany. Survey data in comparison.

10h30 – 10h45 Pause

10 h 45 – 11 h 15 : Peter Ã…kerbäck

(Dalarna University, Sweden)

  • Recently Reborn. To Come Back as Child to Scientology Parents.

11 h 15 – 11 h 45 : Liselotte Frisk

(Dalarna University, Sweden.)

– Applied Scholastics : The Educational Perspective Developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

11 h 45 – 12 h 15 : Don Jolly

( New York University). – Religious Privilege and Bricolage in Mark Ra– thbun’s Scientology Dis­course.

12h15 – 12h30 Pause

12 h 30 – 13 h 00 : Guillaume Roucoux

(Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Group of Sociology of Religion and Secularism. Paris)

– From The “Org Board” to the “org”: Structural Changes, Staff Profiles and Careers.

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

Fourth Session : The Church of Scientology and the Society

Chair: Chris Vonck

14 h 00 – 14 h 30 : Aled J. LI. Thomas

(MA; University of Wales: Trinity,Saint David)

– Outsider Perspectives of the Auditing Process within Scientology : An examination of the Influence of the Media

14 h 30 – 15 h 00 : Germana Carobene

(University of Napoli. Italia)

– Problems/ Issues on the Legal Status of the Church of Scientology.

15 h 00 – 15 h 30 : Susan Palmer

(McGill University in Montreal, Canada)

– Government Raids on the Church of Scientology in North America and Europe: Origins and Aftermaths

15h30 – 15h45 pause

15 h 45 – 16 h 15 : Aldo Terrin

(Pontificial Academy of Theology, St. Giustina, Padua. Italy)

– The affinity between Scientology and Gnostic religions.

Fifth session: The Antoinism, A Belgian Healing Church

Chair : Régis Dericquebourg

16 h 15 – 16 h 45 : Jan Keppler

Student at the Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions. Antwerpen)

– Antoinism, a New Belgian Healing Religion

Conclusions and thankings

INFORMATION

Registration fees to be paid at the conference venue. Re­servation : mail to regis.dericquebourg@univ-lille3.fr

50 euros

30 euros for students

Free for speakers and session chairs

Address : Bist 164

B-2610 Wilrijk-Antwerpen

Rectoraat (Ingang/Entrée via Sint-Bavostraat)

tel. +32 3 830 51 58

fax. +32 3 825 26 73

E-mail: info@antwerpfvg.org

website: www.AntwerpFVG.org

http://www.observatoire-religion.com/

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