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BSA Socrel Chair’s Response Day: Teaching Religion

12 November 2021 (10am–5:30pm)
University of Nottingham (on campus)

About the Event

Keynote speaker: Dr Dawn Llewellyn, University of Chester.

Dr Llewellyn is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Chester and author of Reading, Feminism, and Spirituality (2015). She is a longtime member of Socrel and a former holder of the Teaching and Learning Fellowship from the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR). 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.

This event will gather new ideas, experiences and critiques of the state of the teaching of religion in the UK today. Religious studies education 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.

We are happy to confirm that in line with current government guidance this event will be taking place in-person. The BSA and University of Nottingham will take appropriate measures for the safety and health of all delegates and will be following the latest COVID guidance. In line with current guidance, the University of Nottingham encourages delegates to wear a face covering when in a confined or crowded space, and to give those around them space enough to feel comfortable. We will update delegates on guidance closer to the event date.

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. If you are interested in participating in this but cannot make the rest of the conference, please email Tim Hutchings.

Call for Papers

We will focus primarily on teaching the sociological study of religion at university, but we welcome teachers working in any discipline that shares an interest in religion-related topics. Teachers working outside university contexts are welcome, including teachers of RE at primary and secondary level, representatives of organisations that support RE teachers, and anyone working on knowledge exchange and public education projects.

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
  • Teaching beyond World Religions
  • Teaching on strike: teach-outs, picket lines and student responses
  • 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
  • Students as researchers and teachers
  • Supporting connections between teachers at school, university and beyond
  • Teaching religion and worldviews
  • Distance, online and blended learning in the study of religion
  • Teaching digital skills, using digital resources and employing digital technologies
  • Training students for the future workplace
  • 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 30 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.

Registration

Bookings are now OPEN.

  • BSA Member: £36
  • SocRel Member: £41
  • Non-Member: £46
  • BSA Concessionary Member: £15
  • SocRel Concessionary Member (including RE Teachers and FE Lecturers): £20
  • Full-time Student Non-member: £25

Key Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2021
  • Notification of abstract: 4 October 2021
  • Registration deadline: 5 November 2021

Contact the Organisers

Dr Rob Barward-Symmons and Dr Tim Hutchings.