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Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Unit

Call for Proposals

The Religion & Public Schools: International Perspectives program unit welcomes diverse approaches and methods, and always seeks to situate our papers and panels within global and comparative contexts. Our primary focus is on the many ways in which religion education is undertaken and understood in public/state schools. This year for our primary session we are calling for papers/proposals on any of the following topics:

  • Civic education and religion education around the world
    We seek papers investigating the ways in which religion education is connected with civic educational efforts around the world amidst varied national efforts toward democratization, decolonization, authoritarianism, populism, and other important trends.
  • Religion education in polarized communities/countries
    At the 2022 Annual Meeting we will gather in Denver, the capital of a famously “purple” state in American politics that swings in elections between competing political parties. Countries and communities all over the world feature polarized political and cultural environments as well. How does religion education contribute to the problems and solutions of political and cultural polarization in different societies?
  • Religion education amidst catastrophe
    This theme, tied to the 2022 AAR Annual Meeting theme of “Religion and Catastrophe,” might consider the response and resilience of RE systems around the world in the face of climate and public health catastrophes that have pushed our systems to the breaking point.

Constructions of religion in education: empirical and theoretical analyses from 21st century Europe. (Co-sponsored with Religion in Europe Unit)

This session welcomes papers that offer qualitative and theoretical analyses on how religion is being addressed, contested, construed, or otherwise conveyed within various schooling communities and institutions across Europe. Main points of inquiry are:

  • how religion is theorized from below in the European school systems by all actors involved in the educational process
    • in the practices implemented in the activities carried out in and outside the classroom and/or  
    • in the discourses/narratives produced in such activities and
  • how religion is theorized from above
    • in official documents of the European institutions that implement international statements on religion education and/or
    • in the official documents of the various European countries that implement European guidelines.

Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members