Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), The 2009 International Conference, Salt Lake City, 11-13 June 2009

The 2009 International Conference of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), “Mainstreaming and Marginalization of Religious Movements,” was held 11-13 June in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The conference was organized by CESNUR and The J. Willard Marriott Library of the University of Utah, in association with ISAR, The Office of Mayor – Salt Lake City Corporation, and The Suitter Axland Foundation.  ICLRS was represented at the conference by Christine Scott, ICLRS Director of Publications, who delivered a paper, “Religion and Politics in the U.S.: The Fluid Wall of Separation” and chaired a Center-sponsored panel, “The Impact of Recent European Court of Human Rights Decisions on Majority and Minority Religions in Eastern Europe.” Participating on the panel were W. Cole Durham, Jr. (ICLRS Director), Ekaterina Elbakian (Institute of Labor and Social Relations, Moscow), Liudmyla Fylypovych (Head of the Religious Processes in Ukraine), Hranush Kharatyan (Department for National Minorities and Religious Affairs, Republic of Armenia), Ringo Ringvee (Department of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Republic of Estonia), and Mikhail Sintikov (Independent Journalist, Editor, Credo; Member, Union of Journalist of Russia; International Association of Religious Freedom).