Cult undue influence and the process of radicalisation, a question for debate

Friday 19 May 2017

Salle des Congrès de la Chambre des Représentent, Palais de la Nation

Rue de Louvain 21, 1000 Brussels


Organised by the

European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Cults and Sects  (FECRIS)

in cooperation with its member association



André Frédéric, President of AVISO , Member of the Belgian Federal Parliament – BE

Introduction and Welcome


Jean-Pierre Jougla, UNADFI [1], President of FECRIS’ Scientific Committee – FR

Possible links existing between “undue influence and radicalism or Islamic extremism”


Anne Josso, Secretary General of MIVILUDES [2] – FR

The French approach to dealing with Salafist / Jihadist radicalisation


Alain  Grignard , Professor, Liege University – BE

Terrorism, a historical approach: from the origins to “global jihadism”


Alexandra Stein, Ph.D, author [3] and social psychologist – UK

The role of attachment in cults and radicalisationPresentation


Véronique Roy, author [4] – FR

Sectarian deviations and the process of radicalisation – Speech of Véronique Roy, a French mother


Sophie Poirot – FR

Testimonial of 12 years spent under the control of a “therapist” and of winning my criminal trial


Frédéric Tomas, PhD student in psychology (Université Paris 8) – BE

An IT-based analysis of sectarian and radicalised discourses: current and future perspectives


Luigi Corvaglia, Psychologist, President of the NGO  CeSAP[6] – IT

Fifth: “Thou shalt not kill”. The dark side of faith Presentation


Simone Soulas, Psychologist and national Coordinator of CCMM [7] – FR

Islamic radicalization: between mental manipulation and ideological choice


Professor  Janja Lalich, member of the FECRIS  Scientific Committee (English branch) – US

Summary of research on radicalization in the United States of America  – Presentation


Didier Pachoud, President of GEMPPI [8] and Treasurer of FECRIS – FR

Self-defense device for siblings one of whose members has become radicalized, to avoid the phenomenon of contagionPresentation


Danièle Muller-Tulli, President of FECRIS  – CH



[1] Union nationale des associations de défence des familles et de l’individu

[2] Mission interministerielle de vigilence et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires

[3] Terror, Love and Brainwashing. Attachment in cults and totalitarian systems. Routledge, 2016

[4] Quentin, qu’ont-ils fait de toi ? Ed. Robert Laffont, 2017

[5] Center of Religious Studies – Moscou

[6] Centro Studi Abusi Psicologici – ONLUS – Bari, Italia

[7] Centre Contre les Manipulations Mentales – Centre Roger Ikor – Paris

[8] Groupe d’Étude des Mouvements de Pensée en vue de la Protection de l’Individu – Marseille