FINYAR is a Nordic organization whose main task is to promote research and provide information on new religious movements and alternative spirituality. FINYAR publishes an annual journal, Aura: Nordic Journal for the Study of New Religions with articles written in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish.

The 2012 International CESNUR Conference:

Religion in a Globalized Context: The Meditteranean and the World

The 2012 CESNUR conference, co-organized with International Studies and Research Laboratory (URAC57) and Moroccan Culture Research Group (MCRG) at Chouaib Doukkali University, al Jedida, Morocco, and the International Society for the Study of New Religions will be held 20-22 september. 

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EASR Annual Conference 2012: Ends and Beginnings

The Swedish Association for Research in Comparative Religion will hold the 11th Annual Conference at Södertörn University, Stockholm on 23-26 August 2012. Finyar will hold sessions with ISSNR.

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Invitation to the 2012 Finyar conference on Children in Minority Religions: Religious Upbringings

This year's Finyar conference adresses the situation of children in minority religions. We are pleased to present three of the most renowned international scholars in the field as key note speakers: Ph. D. Amanda van Dymaer van Twist (London School of Economics, UK), Professor Susan Palmer (Dawson College, Montreal, Canada) and Professor Emeritus Eileen Barker (London School of Economics, UK). 

Time: Monday, October 29, 09.30-18.00

Location: Dalarna University, Campus Falun, Föreläsningssal 6 (FÖ6)

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A more detailed program will be coming soon. 

New issue of Aura 2011

The articles in Aura discuss a new religion in Borneo, corn circles and spiritual tourism, theosophy and interpretations of Babalon. 

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New issue of Aura 2010

The articles in Aura discuss children's socialization in a new religious movement, metal music as social criticism, gender and change in Neo-Charismatic Christianity and contemporary Kabbalah. 

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Symposium 2011

The Donner Institute will arrange a symposium on Post-secular Religious Practises 15-17 June 2011 in Åbo, Finland. Information on registration and last call for papers is available on the institute's web site.

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Further funding for the network from the Swedish Central Bank for 2011 and 2012!

FINYAR has been granted further funding from the Swedish Central Bank for 2011 and 2012 to initiate a Nordic network (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finnish speaking parts of Finland) for academic research on new religious movements and alternative spirituality. The substantial aim is to, during the year 2012, publish an anthology that identifies the Nordic research front regarding the study of alternative spirituality, discusses it from a historical as well as from a future perspective, and discusses the relation to the international research front.

During 2011 a conference will be held for young Nordic reseachers on alternative spirituality. FINYARs members will be invited to the conference.

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Pernilla Gardeberg, University of Lund, defends her doctoral thesis

New doctoral thesis in comparative religion by Pernilla Gardeberg, University of Lund. The thesis “Mirakel, mysterier och moraliteter. Från puritanism till New Age- en religionshistorisk studie av Helen Shucman och A Course in Miracles” will be defended Friday the 17th of December 2010 at 10.15 in sal 118 at CTR, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 8 in Lund. Opponent: Professor Liselotte Frisk, University of Dalarna.

Researchers in FINYAR

Some of the association’s researchers present themselves. As a member you too can present yourself here.
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Seminar at Sigtuna stiftelsen 30/9 - 1/10

As a part of the networking between the Nordic countries eight researchers will meet at Sigtuna stiftelsen to discuss Nordic research on  new religious movements and alternative spirituality and how to build the network.
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The annual journal Aura 2010

Aura 2010 will soon go to press. It consists of four recently written articles and two reviews.
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