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Identities, Cultures and Worldviews: Religious and Spiritual Education in Pluralist Settings


Warmest welcome to the 4th biennial conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction EARLI, Special Interest Group 19 on Religious and Spiritual Education.

The theme is “Identities, Cultures and Worldviews: Religious and Spiritual Education in Pluralist Settings”. The 2014 conference will be held on 6th-8th August 2014 at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

The EARLI SIG 19 conference provides and international academic forum for presenting and discussing latest research findings on religious and spiritual education taking place in different societal and educational settings and across age groups. The EARLI SIG 19 is addressing both junior and senior scholars to present their work. The conference includes keynote addresses from Professor Helena Helve (University of Tampere, Finland) and Professor Hans-Georg Ziebertz (University of Uppsala, Sweden & University of Würzburg, Germany).

As a Special Interest Group, we also have a strong tradition of publishing. Our peer-reviewed publications based on a selection of papers presented in our conferences have included Special Issues in the Journal of Empirical Theology (2009) and the Journal of Beliefs and Values (forthcoming 2014), as well as an edited volume in the Research on Religious and Spiritual Education series published by Waxmann (2012). We intend to publish a selection of papers also following the 2014 conference.

The deadline for the 200-250 word submissions is 31st January 2014. More information on the submission and registration procedures in the attachment and on our conference web page

Please feel free to disseminate the information to your colleagues and students working with/interested in the theme.

Best wishes

Arniika Kuusisto
Ulrich Riegel
Elina Kuusisto

EARLI SIG 19 Coordinators

2nd Call_CFP EARLI SIG19 Helsinki 2014.pdf