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WRSP EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Kaarina Aitamurto
(University of Helsinki)

Simon Coleman
(University of Toronto)

Carole Cusack
(University of Sydney)

Massimo Introvigne
(Center for Studies on New Religions)

Joseph Laycock
(Texas State University)

Timothy Miller
(University of Kansas)

Susan J. Palmer
(Dawson College)

Stefania Palmisano
(University of Turin)

Ian Reader
(University of Manchester)

Catherine Wessinger
(Loyola University, New Orleans)

 

THEMATIC SPECIAL PROJECT DIRECTORS

Marian Apparitional and Devotional Groups

The Marian Apparitional and Devotional Groups special project presents profiles of  a sample of the many thousands of Marian apparitional and devotional groups that have appeared through history, with an emphasis on those in the modern era.
Co-Directors:
Joseph Laycock (Texas State University)
Jill Krebs (McDaniel College)

Pilgrimage Sites and Practices Across the World

The Pilgrimage Sites & Practices Across the World project provides coverage of significant pilgrimage activities and places within the world religions and beyond. It also highlights key issues raised by the practice and study of pilgrimage, both historically and in the present.
Co-Directors:
Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)
John Eade (University of Roehampton)
Ian Reader (University of Manchester)

Religious and Spiritual Movements & the Visual Arts

The Religious and Spiritual Movements & the Visual Arts special project presents profiles of both new religious groups that have significantly influenced the visual arts and of individual artists in whose career connections with one or more new religious groups, or with more general new spiritual currents  have played a key role.
Director:
Massimo Introvigne (Center for Studies on New Religions)

Spiritual and Visionary Communities

The Spiritual and Visionary Communities special project features religious, spiritual, and visionary movements that practice communal living. The project includes communities of both past and present from all parts of the world.
Director:
Timothy Miller (University of Kansas)

Women in the World’s Religions and Spirituality Project

The mission of the Women in the World’s Religions and Spirituality Project is to educate the public about the significant contributions women make and have made in the development of religions on a global level. There are profiles on women founders and leaders, religious groups and movements founded and/or shaped by women, the roles women practitioners play in specific religious groups and traditions, and controversial issues concerning women in religions.
Co-Directors:
Rebecca Moore (San Diego State University)
Catherine Wessinger (Loyola University, New Orleans)

 

REGIONAL SPECIAL PROJECT DIRECTORS

Australian Religious & Spiritual Traditions

The Australian Religious and Spiritual Traditions Project documents the diversity of religious traditions in Australia through a set of profiles of religious and spiritual groups which have originated in Australia.
Co-Directors:
Carole M. Cusack (University of Sydney)
Bernard Doherty (Charles Sturt University)

Canadian Religious and Spiritual Traditions

The Canadian Religious and Spiritual Traditions special project documents the diversity of religious traditions in Canada through a set of profiles of religious and spiritual groups that originated in Canada.
Co-Directors:

Susan J. Palmer (Dawson College)
John Peterson (University of Missouri)

Italian Spiritual and Religious Traditions

The Italian Spiritual and Religious Traditions project develops profiles on world spiritual and religious groups that assume a distinctive form in Italy and domestic movements that represent the recent diversity in the Italian religious landscape.

Co-Directors:
Dr. Stefania Palmisano (University of Turin)
Dr. Massimo Introvigne (CESNUR)

Japanese New Religions & Minority Traditions

The Japanese Religions & Minority Traditions project profiles a number of new religions that, because of their size, histories, dynamics and activities, have been especially prominent in the Japanese context and on other lay-centred religious groups that offer an alternative avenue of adherence and faith to the mainstream.
Co-Directors:
Ian Reader (Manchester University)
Erica Baffelli (Manchester University)
Birgit Staemmler (University of Tubingen)

Religion and Spirituality in Russia and Eastern Europe [Forthcoming]

The Religion and Spirituality in Russia and Eastern Europe Project documents the diversity of religious traditions in Russia and Eastern Europe through a set of profiles of religious and spiritual groups which originate in this area. The profiles are supplemented by academic articles on religion in Russia..
Co-Directors:
Dr. Kaarina Aitamurto (University of Helsinki)
Dr. Maija Penttilä (University of Helsinki)

 

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