AFLSE Los Angeles: LSE Faculty Visit

We are excited to learn of an LSE faculty visit to Los Angeles. Professor of Religion Eileen Barker is making a West Coast visit to study cults.

We would like to give Professor Barker a warm welcome to Los Angeles at a drinks mixer on Sunday February 16th at the bar of Hotel Figueroa in downtown LA from 6:00pm onwards.

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Hotel Figueroa
939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles
California 90015

About Professor Eileen Barker OBE FBA
Eileen Barker is Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion. Her BSc (Soc) (Hons 1st class) and her PhD were obtained from the LSE. She also  has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.

Her main research interest over the past 40 years has been, and continues to be, 'cults', 'sects' and new religious movements - and the social reactions to which they give rise; but since 1989 she has spent much of her time investigating changes in the religious situation in Eastern Europe. She has also been interested in the Armenian Diaspora and its relationship with the newly formed Republic of Armenia, and the religious situation in contemporary China and Japan. Most of her research involves living with and/or interviewing those whom she studies, but she has conducted several surveys and was responsible for the British section of a large international study of religious and moral pluralism in Europe.

She has over 300 publications, translated into 27 languages. These include the award-winning The Making of a Moonie: Brainwashing or Choice? and New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction, which has been published in eight languages.

She has given guest lectures in over 200 universities around the world, and is a familiar commentator on religious issues on both radio and television. She serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals, and has been elected as an officer on the boards of most of the international organisations related to the sociology of religion - being the first non-American to have been elected President of the largest of these, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

In 1988, with the support of the Home Office and the mainstream Churches, she set up INFORM, an NGO affiliated to the Sociology Department at LSE which supplies information about alternative religions that is as objective and up-to-date as possible. All students studying at the LSE can have access to INFORM's resources.

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