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Dianne Casoni Award

Dianne Casoni was an important collaborator of Info-Cult for more than 25 years, in addition to sitting on its board of directors for more than a decade. She was a prominent figure in research in the field of religion and cultic phenomena. In particular, Professor Casoni analyzed different elements of engagement or participation within various groups with a high level of control. She has also worked on issues relating to the relationship between the leader(s) and followers. Likewise, Dianne was interested in the link between the different group ideologies and their structure. Throughout her career, she worked closely with people who have lived in such groups, to better understand their experiences. Dianne has also worked on issues related to terrorism and more broadly, radicalization. As an experienced psychologist and psychoanalyst, she taught for over twenty years in the School of Criminology at the Université de Montréal.

In order to honour the memory of Dianne and to highlight her important contributions to research, Info-Cult established the Dianne Casoni Award in 2020, with the support of her daughters.

This award aims to promote and reward written work which addresses one or more aspects of cultic phenomena. It consists of two categories :

  • Scientific
  • Popular

Award: For each category, the recipient will receive a plaque along with a $ 500 prize (CAD).

Award Presentation: During the annual conference of ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association) organized in collaboration with Info-Cult.

Evaluation committee: Composed of Info-Cult board members and experts in the field.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The proposition must have been published during the previous year prior to the closing date of the competition.
  • Written language : English or French.

Instructions for submission:

Please indicate in which category you wish to submit your proposal and submit your text in PDF format at [email protected] before March 1, 2023. In addition, please choose an excerpt of a maximum of 10,000 words that will be reviewed at the preselection stage.

 I) Scientific

Candidates can submit the results of their empirical or theoretical research and present them in the form of an article, thesis, dissertation or book.

Literary Genres:

  • Article published in a scientific journal
  • Thesis or dissertation
  • A book based on research

Evaluation criteria:

  • Quality of the work : style, penmanship, accessibility, etc.
  • Interest, relevance and contribution of the work for a better understanding of cultic phenomena, group dynamics, individual experiences into groups or intervention methods.
  • Literature review, explanation of the research objectives and methodology, data analysis or quality of the theoretical model produced.

I) Popular

The submission may be a biographical or fictional work that recounts or documents one or more experiences with one or more groups or communities. Candidates can also present texts that popularize cultic phenomena.

Literary Genres:

  • Biography
  • Novel or fiction
  • Essay

Evaluation criteria:

  • Quality of the work : style, penmanship, accessibility, etc.
  • Interest, relevance and contribution of the work for a better understanding of cultic phenomena, group dynamics, individual experiences into groups or intervention methods.

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