Susan Palmer

Writer, Researcher, Editor, Teacher

Montreal (Quebec)

From September 12 to October 2, 2017

Biography —

Susan Palmer is a sociologist who specializes in new religious movements, otherwise known as “cults” or sectes (in French). She is an Affiliate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is also a Member of the Religious Studies Faculty at McGill University and a Co-Chercheuse with CEFIR (Centre d’expertise et de formation sur les intégrismes religieux et la radicalisation). Palmer is the author of eleven books/edited volumes, notably Moon Sisters, Krishna Mothers, Rajneesh Lovers (Syracuse, 1994); The New Heretics of France (Oxford University Press, 2011); Aliens Adored: Rael’s UFO Religion (Rutgers, 2004). Her most recent is Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religions, co-authored with Stuart Wright (Oxford University Press, 2015). Her research in the field of new religions has been funded by six grants form Canada’s Social Science and the Humanities Research Council. She has just been awarded a five-year Insight Grant for her new research project, Children in Sectarian Religions and State Control.

Project —

In Faber, she will be working on her new research project, Children in Sectarian Religions, a comparative study of how the state tolerates or intrudes on alternative methods of child rearing in minority religions in Europe, and North America. She will take advantage of the residency to gather information, to write on various related topics and to explore the field of new religions in Spain.