WRSP EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
(University of Helsinki)
(University of Toronto)
(University of Sydney)
(Center for Studies on New Religions)
(Texas State University)
(University of Kansas)
Susan J. Palmer
(University of Turin)
(University of Manchester)
(Loyola University, New Orleans)
THEMATIC SPECIAL PROJECT DIRECTORS
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.
Joseph Laycock (Texas State University)
Jill Krebs (McDaniel College)
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.
Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)
John Eade (University of Roehampton)
Ian Reader (University of Manchester)
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.
Massimo Introvigne (Center for Studies on New Religions)
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.
Timothy Miller (University of Kansas)
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.
Rebecca Moore (San Diego State University)
Catherine Wessinger (Loyola University, New Orleans)
REGIONAL SPECIAL PROJECT DIRECTORS
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.
Carole M. Cusack (University of Sydney)
Bernard Doherty (Charles Sturt University)
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.
Susan J. Palmer (Dawson College)
Hillary Kaell (Concordia University)
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.
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.
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..
Dr. Kaarina Aitamurto (University of Helsinki)
Dr. Maija Penttilä (University of Helsinki)
Emeritus Program Directors:
John C. Peterson (University of Missouri)