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Call for Papers: Session on "Faith based Schools facing diversity: Transformations, Strategies, and Resistances"

33rd ISSR Conference: “Sensing Religion”
Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), 2-5th July, 2015

Call for papers – in either English or French
TS 29: “Faith based Schools facing diversity: Transformations, Strategies, and Resistances”

Session organisers:
Sara Teinturier, GSRL (EPHE-CNRS), Paris,
Julia Martinez-Arino, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity,
Sabrina Pastorelli, GSRL (EPHE-CNRS), Paris,


Democratic societies are characterised in the last decades by cultural and religious diversity. However, faith-based schools are usually structured around a particular religious tradition. What transformations and challenges does this plural situation generate for such institutions? Different analytical levels can be considered in order to better understand the implications. Do we witness an openness of these schools to other faiths (reception of students from different religious backgrounds, interfaith teaching of religion, accommodation of religious practices…)? Or do we, in contrast, observe the affirmation of a strong religious identity as an expression of the resistance to the pluralisation of society? How do teachers and school boards take into account this new situation in their pedagogical practices and the implementation of school activities? Are school federations at the national level reflecting upon these issues? What are the interpretations and solutions provided by other actors involved, such as trade unions, religious authorities, and parents? The objective of this thematic session is to deepen the questions raised by Robert Jackson in 2004, limiting the scope to faith-based schools and giving priority to the strategies and practices of the actors. With the aim of better understanding the links between education, religion and identity, both national studies as well as comparative perspectives are welcomed in this session.

Deadline: Please use the online form ( to submit your paper proposals (title and abstract, 350 words max) by December 15, 2014.

For any information about this thematic session, do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail.