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Nova Religio presents scholarly interpretations and examinations of emergent and alternative religious movements. Original research, perspectives on the study of new religions, literature reviews, and conference updates keep scholars well informed on a wide range of topics including:

  • New religions;
  • New movements within established religious traditions;
  • Neo-indigenous, neo-polytheistic and revival movements;
  • Ancient Wisdom and New Age groups;
  • Diasporic religious movements;
  • Marginalized and stigmatized religions.

The journal contributes to understanding unconventional religions in their particularities and in relation to the larger social contexts in which they are situated. Nova Religio is both multidisciplinary and international in its scope.

Submissions are welcome from across the academic disciplines concerning all parts of the world.

Subscription provides free access to all back issues.

Volume 19, Number 2, November 2015

David G. Robertson, guest-editor, Conspiracy Theories and the Study of Alternative and Emergent Religions

Beth Singler, Big Bad Pharma: The Indigo Child Concept and Biomedical Conspiracy Theories

Kevin A. Whitesides, 2012 Millennialism Becomes Conspiracist Teleology: Overlapping Alternatives in the Late Twentieth-century Cultic Milieu

Carole M. Cusack, The Messiah Is a Salesman, Yet Consumerism Is a Con(spiracy): The Church of the SubGenius, Work, and the Pursuit of Slack as a Spiritual Ideal

Spencer Dew, Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah: Counterfactual Religious Readings of the Law

David G. Robertson, Silver Bullets and Seed Banks: A Material Analysis of Conspiracist Millennialism

John M. Bozeman, Conference Updates


12th Annual Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements

First Place Winner is:

Bernard Doherty, "Sensational Scientology! The Church of Scientology and Australian Tabloid Television," Nova Religio 17, no. 3 (February 2014): 38-63.

Second Place Winner is:

Benjamin Gatling, "The Guide after Rumi: Tradition and Its Foil in Tajik Sufism," Nova Religio 17, no. 1 (August 2013): 5-23.

For previous Robbins Awards, click here.

3rd Annual Helen Crovetto Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements with Ties to South Asia

Phillip Charles Lucas, "Non-Traditional Modern Advaita Gurus in the West and Their Traditional Modern Advaita Critics," Nova Religio 17, no. 3 (February 2014): 6-37.

For previous Crovetto Awards, click here.

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