Ways and Means for the Third Millennium

National Associations for the Study of Religions


  • Adam Possamai




Religious Studies,


Exploring the results of the 2002 survey that was distributed among members of the Association and the information derived from the members’ directory, this Address argues that although the Association performs well overall, because of a few factors, including some structural changes within Australian society, the Association has lost members over the years. Moving to a discussion about the national context of our Association, this Address proposes a new conceptualisation of our Association for the study of religions that will give to the AASR ways and means for the Third Millennium: that of becoming a transnational one.

Author Biography

Adam Possamai

Sydney. He is the author of Religion and Popular Culture: A Hyper-Real Testament (2005); In Search of New Age Spiritualities (2005); and of a book of short stories in French, Perles Noires (2005).


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How to Cite

Possamai, A. (2006). Ways and Means for the Third Millennium: National Associations for the Study of Religions. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 19(1), 3–17. https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.v19i1.3



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