This Unit will promote the comparative study of religious education in public schools around the world. By encouraging interdisciplinary research on the ethical, legal, political, pedagogical, and religious issues that arise with the study of religion in elementary and secondary schools, we seek to deepen our understanding of alternative approaches to religion as an academic subject. We also hope to find new ways of responding to the increasing religious diversity in schools and societies and to study the relationship between religious education and citizenship education in pluralistic democratic societies.
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Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Unit
Call for Proposals
Public education remains a locus for common preparation for living in democratic societies.
Religion has become a globally relevant societal issue also in the educational settings. This is not only due to students and family’s personal beliefs, or the presence of religious institutions. Over the past 5-10 years religion has also become a hot topic in discussions within social media. This situation presents teachers with challenges where competence about religion becomes increasingly important. Public education has a special role here, as schools, universities, and other educational settings gather together the children or students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
This is a call for papers on the multifaceted challenge of public-school teachers in how to deal with the increased presence of social media in the classroom. Papers could deal with
• general issues, policies, law or other influencing or constraining parameters relative to religion in social media
• models and best practices in how to deal with what students learn or do not learn about religion in social media
• analysis of social media resources for teaching religion in public schools and for teaching teachers
We also invite papers in an open call that advances the mission of this program group, particularly in connection with the 2020 theme of the American Academy of Religion: “The AAR as a Scholarly Guild".
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Satoko Fujiwara, University of TokyoMember Since: 2016
Bruce Grelle, California State University, ChicoMember Since: 2015
Tim Jensen, University of Southern DenmarkMember Since: 2015
Kate Soules, Boston CollegeMember Since: 2019
Marie von der Lippe, University of BergenMember Since: 2020
Nathan C. Walker, 1791 DelegatesMember Since: 2015