CFP Deadline: May 15, Workshop on Textbook Research and Religion, Germany

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research invites proposals for a workshop on “Textbook Research and Religion”, to take place November 20-21, 2014, in    Braunschweig, Germany.  The Deadline for the proposals is May 15, 20142014

The workshop will seek to reconstruct previous research designs revolving around religions and worldviews in different textbooks. Furthermore, it will aim to analyse current research designs on textbooks and new educational media formats which relate to religion.

The key questions to explore will be as follows: How has social change, manifesting in marked tendencies towards secularisation alongside religious pluralisation and diversification, impacted on the content of educational media research as it relates to religion? With which methodologies and theories the researchers currently approach the study of textbooks for use in state schools? Which religions and worldviews are they focusing on, and which criteria are they using for the selection, omission and differentiation of material? In what ways is textbook research on religion led by normative issues, and what are the key norms and values involved? What scientific interests are behind this work and have guided its progress and findings, and what is its theoretical background?

Please send your proposal in German or English, encompassing your paper’s title and an abstract (max. 2000 characters) and a brief CV, to by 15th May 2014. Contact: Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research Member of the Leibniz Association Dr. Zrinka Štimac Celler Str. 3 38114 Braunschweig Germany.

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