Aleš Črnič (born in 1971), Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion, is Assistant Professor at the Department for Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Research Fellow at the Centre for Religious and Cultural Studies at the same faculty. His scientific interest focuses mainly on new religious movements, religious freedom, religious pluralism, oriental religions, and sociology of religion. He is a member of the board of International Study of Religion in Central and Eastern Europe Association (ISORECEA) and the president of the section for Sociology of Religion of Slovene Sociological Association. He is also a member of the editorial board of new, on-line scholarly journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2005 he published V imenu Krišne: družboslovna študija gibanja Hare Krišna [In the Name of Krishna: Sociological Study of the Hare Krishna Movement]. For full bibliography click here.


Gregor Lesjak (born in 1965), Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion, is a sociologist of new religious movements (NRM) without an institutional affiliation. In addition to his primary interest in fieldwork among Slovenian NRMs, he has also investigated selected topics in philosophy (hermeneutics and oriental philosophies), social psychology (small groups dynamics), and law (church and state relations). He has authored a number of articles published in journals and in books.