Past Events

International Conferences 

  • 'Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future', 31 January - 2 February 2014 at the London School of Economics, organised by Inform in celebration of Inform's 25th anniversary and including a book launch for the Ashgate-Inform book series. The complete programme, with all speaker bios and abstracts, can be found here.
  • 'Twenty Years and More: Research into Minority Religions, New Religious Movements and "The New Spirituality," 16 - 20 April 2008 at the London School of Economics. Organised by Inform and CESNUR in association with ISORECEA. A complete programme and some of the papers for this conference can be found here.
  • 'The Spiritual Supermarket: Religious Pluralism and Globalisation in the 21st Century: The Expanding European Union and Beyond' at the London School of Economics, 19 - 23 April 2001; Organised by Inform and CESNUR. A programme of this conference is available here.
  • 'New Religions and the New Europe' at the London School of Economics, March 1993; Organised by Inform, CESNUR and ISAR.

 

Inform Public Seminars

(Programmes may be obtained by contacting Inform).
  • Sexual Abuse framed by Faith or Belief (July 2020 - video available here). 
  • Immortality: Beliefs and Practice (February 2020).
  • ‘How Minority Religions React to the Law’ (June 2019)
  • Health and Healing in Minority Religions (November 2018).
  • Minority Religions and Extremism in Schools and on Campus (November 2016).
  • Satanic Abuse Scare in the UK, 25 Years On (July 2016) (Video available here).
  • New Religious Radicalisms (May 2016).
  • Children, Minority Religions, and the Law (October 2015).
  • Innovation, Violence and Paralysis: How Do Minority Religions Cope with Uncertainty? (February 2015).
  • Minority Religions and Schooling (December 2014).
  • New Religious Movements and Counselling (May 2013).
  • Changing Beliefs and Schisms in New Religious Movements (December 2012).
  • Prophecy in the New Millennium: When Prophecies Persist (May 2012).
  • Legal Cases Involving Minority Religions (December 2011).
  • African New Religions in the West (May 2011).
  • State Reactions to Minority Religions (November 2010).
  • Cults and Crime (April 2010).
  • New Movements within the Islamic Tradition (November 2009).
  • Intentional Communities (May 2009).
  • New Religions and Prophecy (November 2008).
  • Adults who grew up in NRMs (November 2007). 
  • NRMs, Death and Dying (May 2007).
  • New Religious Movements and Politics (November 2006). 
  • Spirit Possession and Exorcism (May 2006).
  • New Religious Movements and Gender (November 2005).
  • New Religious Movements and 'Outside' Marriage (May 2005).
  • Growing Up in a New Religion (November 2004).
  • How Dangerous are the New Religions? (May 2004).
  • Joining New Religions: Conversion or Coercion? (November 2003). 
  • New Religious Movements and the Hereafter (May 2003).
  • Strange Encounters of the Religious Kind (November 2002).
  • New Religious Movements and Higher Education (May 2002).
  • New Religious Movements and Parenting (November 2001).
  • New Religious Movements and Law Enforcement (December 2000). 
  • New Religious Movements and the Internet (May 2000). 
  • New Religious Movements and Rites of Passage (November 1999). 
  • New Religions and the Family (May 1999).
  • New Religious Movements at the Millennium (November 1998). 
  • New Movements Within the Christian Churches (May 1998).
  • New Religious Movements and the Media (November 1997). 
  • New Religious Movements and Violence (May 1997).
  • New Religious Movements and Money (December 1996). 
  • Sexuality and New Religious Movements (May 1996). 
  • The Millennium (December 1995). 
  • New Religious Movements and Education (April 1995). 
  • New Religious Movements and Mental Health (December 1994). 
  • New Religious Movements and the Law (May 1994). 
  • Twenty Years On (December 1993). 
  • Humanistic Psychology and the Human Potential Movement (November 1992). 
  • Children in New Religious Movements (March 1992). 
  • Leaving New Religious Movements (November 1991). 
  • Our Body - Friend or Foe? (April 1991). 
  • Authority & Dependence and New Religious Movements (November 1990). 
  • The New Age (April 1990).
  • 'A Practical Introduction to New Religious Movements' Launch of New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction by the Archbishop of Canterbury (November 1989).
  • Former Members' Perspectives on New Religious Movements (March 1989). 
  • Counselling and the New Religious Movements (June 1988).

Specialist Workshops

  • Revisionism and Diversification in New Religious Movements (December 2012).
  • New Religions and Ageing (November 2009).
  • Children at Risk? Possession, Witchcraft and Exorcism (December 2005).
  • The Church and Contemporary Paganism: A Seminar for Clergy and Religious Professionals (July 2003).
  • New Religious Movements: A Seminar for Clergy and Religious Professionals (June 2001).
  • New Religious Movements: The Churches' Response, A Seminar for Clergy and Religious Professionals (November 1992).