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Aura: Nordic Journal for the Study of New Religions

Aura is an annual referee-reviewed journal for academic articles in the field of new religious movements and alternative spirituality. The articles can be based on different scientific perspectives, for example religious studies, psychology, sociology, history, history of ideas or political science. The emphasis of the journal is on the field of research that has crystallized in the last decades and that touches upon the religious phenomena that has emerged in the Western world in the last half of the 20th century. Aura also wants to open up for a broader understanding and problematize the concepts of  new religious movements and alternative spirituality. We would also very much like to see contributions on for example new religious movements in a historical context, new religions in other cultural contexts and new religious expressions within established religions.

Aura is primarily an inter-Nordic journal with focus on Nordic research and articles written in one of the Nordic languages (Swedish,, Danish, Norwegian). However, under special circumstances Aura can publish articles in English and in certain cases reflect research from countries outside of the Nordic region.

If you want to publish an article in Aura please contact one of the editors:

Liselotte Frisk, professor, Religious Studies
Högskolan Dalarna
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Olav Hammer, professor, Religious Studies
Syddansk universitet
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Editorial Committee, additional to the board of FINYAR

Asbjörn Dyrendal, associate professor

Dept. of Archaeology and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Mikael Rothstein, associate professor in history of religion

University of Copenhagen

Jan Svanberg, Ph. D., lecturer in comparative religion

Åbo Akademi, Åbo (Turku)

Review editor

Jesper Aagaard Petersen, associate professor

Norweigan University of Science and Technology

Sanja Nilsson, doctoral student

Dalarna University

Knut Melvaer, doctoral student

University of Bergen

Aura: Latest issue consists of:

Liselotte Frisk 

Nyreligiositet som forskningsfält i Sverige - några reflektioner

Ingvild Saelid Gilhus og Lisbeth Mikaelsson

Bibliografisk oversikt over nyreligiøsitetsforskningen i Norge

Mikael Rothstein

Studiet af nye religioner i Danmark: Kortfattet og subjektiv forskningshistorie 1985-2012

Tommy Ramstedt

Nyreligiositet i Finland: En forskningshistorisk översikt

Olav Hammer

New age och kognitionsforkningen

Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell

Samhällsvetenskaplig forskning om nyandlighet och nya religiösa rörelser ur ett bibliometriskt perspektiv

Asbjørn Dyrendal

Djevelske konstruksjoner: En historisk-tematisk oversikt over skandinavisk satanismeforskning

Peter Åkerbäck

Tänk på barnen: Om barn, hjärntvätt och politisering av sekter


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