Teaching religious education: challenges, developments and perspectives in a plural world

Teaching religious education: challenges, developments and perspectives in a plural world

Maria Lucenti, Timm Gerd Hellmanzik (University of Hamburg, Faculty of Education)
University of Hamburg
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Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg
Vom - Bis
09.12.2021 - 10.12.2021
Timm Gerd Hellmanzik

Call for Papers for conference "Teaching religious education: challenges, developments and perspectives in a plural world" in Hamburg, 9th and 10th December 2021

Teaching religious education: challenges, developments and perspectives in a plural world


Religious education is today at the center of attention and of the political-educational agenda in many states. Far from being an established question, it requires continuous adaptation to changes and new social, political, cultural and identity configurations, taking into account the polysemic interaction between global and local. The purpose of the conference is to understand what the challenges and directions of religious education are in multiple national contexts, through a plurality of disciplinary approaches - historical, anthropological, pedagogical, didactic, theological, sociological, psychological, etc. - in order to problematize the role, purposes, teaching methodologies and techniques, teaching tools, teacher training, school programs of the discipline in the curricular field in a globalized world, where the religious re-emerges through new and unprecedented configurations - often in its most problematic version - but where, at the same time and paradoxically, religious illiteracy is rampant among the new generations (Moore, 2007).

Precisely in order to analyze the complex interactions between identities and religious education as a school discipline, PhD students, young researchers, university professors, experts in the discipline are invited to present their contributions which must focus on a time frame between the beginning of the twentieth century and our days, on the topics listed above, and in general on the religious education at school and the inseparable link of this discipline with the plural identities and intercultural competences required in a global world. To this end, interdisciplinary proposals and comparative analyzes are welcome and encouraged.


Faculty of Education, Department of General, Intercultural and International Comparative Education as well as Educational Psychology (EW1), University of Hamburg, Von-Melle-Park 8.

We have to take into account the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the related measures. Therefore, the conference is currently organized as a presence, but also as an online event. Participants will be informed during the planning process and should be prepared for both options.

How to participate

Proposals (maximum 300 words) must be accompanied by a short curriculum (200 words) and sent to the editorial staff:
Maria Lucenti: maria.lucenti@uni-hamburg.de

Abstracts should include the following information:

Affiliation as you would like to appear in the programme
E-mail address
Title of proposal
Text of proposal (including research question, methodology, research context)
Selected bibliography with academic sources (3-5 references)
Five keywords

All submissions are reviewed by the members of the Reading Committee. All abstracts and papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English. Papers presentation will be 20 minutes maximum followed by a 10 minutes discussion.
Important dates

Deadline for submitting proposals: 30th June 2021
Communication of acceptance of proposals: 30th July 2021
Confirmation of participation in the conference: 15th August 2021

Submission of papers

The publication of the conference proceedings is expected. The authors admitted to the conference will be notified of the editorial rules for the preparation of contributions. The latter must not exceed 30,000 characters.
Submission of papers for publication: 1st February 2022

Participation costs

The conference is free and there is no registration fee. The living expenses and any overnight stays are charged to the participants.


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