Upcoming Seminars

Next Inform Seminar: 

'Cult' Rhetoric in 21st Century 

Thursday 24 June 5:30-7:30pm BST via Zoom

This seminar will explore the term 'cult', reflecting on the history of its usage, how it is currently used in different contexts, and the implications this has for contemporary society. Presenters will contextualise their specific context for reflecting on this term through their own experiences and research. The seminar will be multi-disciplinary with a view to capturing a wider snapshot of the usage of the term, informing the academy with suggestions of how we might move forward. 

Guest Hosted by: Edward Graham-Hyde and Aled Thomas

Speakers will include: 

Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS is a psychologist, Co-Editor of the International Journal of Coercion, Abuse and Manipulation (IJCAM), member of the Board of Directors of the International Cultic Studies Association (speaking in a personal capacity in this seminar) and co-founder of the Re-Entry Therapy Information and Referral Network (RETIRN) UK -
"The recognition of Cults and inter-changeable and overlapping terms in the age of undue influence - a focus on harm and survivors"

Erin Prophet, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Religion -
"Rhetoric and Stigma: Lessons from the 'Cult Wars'"

J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University - Christians, "Californians and Communists -- Inadequacies in Using the C-word in Describing Religions."

Philip Deslippe, PhD Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara 
"Uses and Applications of the Word "Cult" in American Newspapers in the 1990s."

Moojan Momen, Independent Scholar
"Sect, cult or world religion: positioning the Baha'i Faith."

Respondent: Catherine Wessinger, Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions, Loyola University, New Orleans.


We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,

The Inform Team



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