The International Society for the Study of New Religions

Members of ISSNR come from different academic disciplines and take different approaches to New Religions. A shared goal is the desire to highlight the phenomenon objectively and impartially on the basis of scholarly perspectives.

Next ISNNR meeting to be held in South Korea

The International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR) will hold its meeting at the next conference of the CESNUR. The ISSNR is one of the academic societies associated with that yearly event, which draws several of the leading scholars in the field of new religious movements.

This year, the conference will take place at Daejin University, in South Korea, from 5th to 10th July 2016. We hope that many members of the ISSNR will be able to attend.

Non members who want to know more about the ISSNR are welcome to attend, too. In case you have not yet paid or renewed your subscription for 2016, please promptly do it. Membership includes our journal and is paid through Equinox publishing house.

For more details about the next CESNUR conference, please, visit the website:

2014 CESNUR Conference returns to Waco

The 2014 CESNUR conference will take place from 4th to 7th June at Baylor University, Waco (Texas). It will be hosted by the Institute for Studies on Religion. This year's theme will be: "The Vitality of New Religions: Thinking Globally, Existing Locally".

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with a reception and opening session, introducing Waco and Texas’ history of new religions which reaches back to Sam Houston and the founders of the Texas Republic. Conference sessions will run through the day on Thursday and Friday, through Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon will be a time for a local tour, which will focus on the Homestead Heritage community north of Waco, and will also provide for an optional visit to the Branch Davidian site.

More information can be found on the CESNUR's website:

Members of the ISSNR are entitled to a 10% discount on the conference fee. If you are a ISSNR member, please mention it at the time of registration and ask for the discounted fee. The Society thanks the CESNUR and the organizers at Baylor University.

Publication of two new issues of the IJSNR

The two most recent issues of the International Journal for the Study of New Religions offer once again an exciting content and the results of original research.

Volume 4.1 was recently sent to subscribers. Beside book reviews, it contains the following articles:

Strategies Among Young Jehovah’s Witnesses in Compulsory School in Sweden, Age 13–15, a Case Study
Pernilla Liedgren, Lars Andersson
David Icke’s Reptilian Thesis and the Development of New Age Theodicy
David G. Robertson
A Gurdjieff Genealogy: Tracing the Manifold Ways the Gurdjieff Teaching Has Travelled
Johanna J. M. Petsche
The Sacred Things of Contemporary Anglophone Atheism: Celebrities, Books and Values
Cale Hubble
On the Boundaries of Medicine and Spirituality: Professionalization and Self-Regulation of Reiki in Sweden
Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell

Volume 4.2 should be sent to subscribers soon. It focuses on Satanism:

Bracketing Beelzebub: Introducing the Academic Study of Satanism
Jesper Aagaard Petersen
Blood, Sweat, and Urine: The Scent of Feminine Fluids in Anton Szandor LaVey’s The Satanic Witch
Cimminnee Holt
“Intuitive, Receptive, Dark”: Negotiations of Femininity in the Contemporary Satanic and Left-hand Path Milieu
Per Faxneld
At the Threshold of the Inverted Womb: Anti-Cosmic Satanism and Radical Freedom
Benjamin Hedge Olson
Angular Momentum: From Traditional to Progressive Satanism in the Order of Nine Angles
George Sieg
If you are not yet a subscriber to the IJSNR, we strongly encourage you to join the ISSNR: subscription is included in the membership rate.

ISSNR Member North America
Print and Online 1 year 80.00 (USD)

ISSNR Member Rest of the World
Print and Online 1 year 40.00 (GBP)

Currently, members join through the website of the Journal's publishing house, Equinox:
(Institutional subscriptions are also available.)


In cooperation with CESNUR ( and FINYAR ( ISSNR is arranging the 2013 CESNUR conference 'Changing Religious Movements in a Changing World' 21-24 June at Högskolan Dalarna, Falun, Sweden.

We would like to welcome all members to beautiful Dalarna for a celebration of Swedish midsummer with an international community of scholars of New Religions.

For more information please visit the conference website:

[June 22, 2013 - June 25, 2013]

International conference in Falun, Sweden, June 22nd to June 25th 2013

ISSNR will arrange a conference in Sweden in 2013 in cooperation with CESNUR and FINYAR. The information is not yet available on web sites, but write to professor Liselotte Frisk,

[March 9, 2011]

ISSNR (the International Society for the Study of New Religions) will conduct its first membership meeting in connection with the CESNUR conference at Alethei University in Danshui, Taiwan, between June 21st-23rd.