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Call for Papers: “Teaching Religion”, Socrel Chair’s Response Day



Do you teach a sociological approach to religion? Do you plan to teach in the future? If so, come and share your experiences and hear some new ideas at this year’s Socrel Chair’s Response Day!

Religious studies education in the UK is undergoing a series of challenges and transformations, from calls for decolonisation and the shift to worldviews to the impact of Covid-19 and pressure to increase student numbers. Participants will reflect, develop new ideas, and imagine together what the future of teaching might be like for our discipline.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Dawn Llewellyn, Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Chester. Her keynote will be an interactive workshop inspired by the work of bell hooks, sharing good practice around building learning communities in the study of religion.

The event will end with a public, online discussion on the topic of teaching religion and worldviews in the RE classroom. This will take place at 4:30-5:30pm, and will be of particular interest to teachers of RE at primary and secondary level.

Possible topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):

Radical teaching methods for the study of religion Supporting students from diverse backgrounds in the classroom Positive and negative student experiences of religion on campus Building a learning community in a TRS department Supporting connections between teachers at school, university and beyond Distance, online and blended learning in the study of religion

We will also offer time to workshop module ideas, classroom challenges and plans for new activities in small group conversations.

Each paper should last 20 minutes, and an additional 10 minutes will be allotted for questions. Alternative presentation formats are welcome, including roundtables, book discussions and demonstrations.

Please submit your proposal by 15 September 2021, including an abstract of up to 300 words, a short presenter bio,  and your contact details. Proposals should be submitted by email to Tim Hutchings at: .

We are happy to confirm that in line with current government guidance this event will be taking place in-person. We will update delegates on guidance closer to the event date.

Full Call for Papers and registration details can be found at: