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THEMATIC SPECIAL PROJECT DIRECTORS

 

Marian Apparitional and Devotional Groups
The Marian Apparitional and Devotional Group 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)

 

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)

 

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)

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