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Conference | Seminar and Expert Meeting

The Study of Religion and Good Teaching Materials

31 October 2018 - 1 November 2018
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
104 (Het Verbarium)

The Working Group on Religion Education of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG), the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER), and the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR) are pleased to announce the theme meeting “The Study of Religion and Good Teaching Materials”, to be held on 31 October – 1 November 2018 at Leiden University.

The theme meeting is intended to give Dutch scholars of religion, high school religion teachers, and teacher trainers the opportunity to reflect with each other and with leading members of the Working Group Religion in Public Education of the European Association for the Study of Religion on how knowledge and methods from the Study of Religion can best be implemented in teaching materials and teaching practices in secondary education. We have chosen to focus on the development of teaching materials because the Dutch Working Group on Religion Education will be developing teaching material over the coming years in cooperation with high school teachers and scholars from the research project Religious Matters. The theme meeting consists of two parts: a panel on ‘Good Quality Teaching Materials for Religious Education’ on Wednesday 31 October and an expert meeting on ‘The Study of Religion and Religion Education’ on Thursday 1 November.

Please also see the description of this previous conference and the news item that was published afterwards.

SEMINAR | 31 October 2018, 14.00-15.30: Good Quality Teaching Materials for Religion Education

  • Dr. Markus Altena Davidsen (Leiden University): The NGG Working Group on Religion Education: Plans and Goals
  • Prof.dr. Wanda Alberts (University of Hannover): Beyond the World Religions Paradigm: What Should We Teach? (preliminary title)
  • Dr. Sissel Undheim (University of Bergen): Principles of an RS-based Didactics for Religion Education (preliminary title)
  • Joël Valk, MA (Corderius College Amersfoort): Image Use in Religion Text Books: The Case of the Dutch Perspectief Series (preliminary title)
  • Chair and convener: dr. Markus Altena Davidsen, Leiden University

This seminar is part of the NGG/LUCSoR conference Interpreting Rituals: Historiographical Perspectives and Pluralistic Contexts that takes place at Leiden University 29-31 October, 2018.

Room: TBA

Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Steenschuur 25 2311 ES Leiden

Registration: Participation in this seminar is free, but registration is required. If you intend to participate in the seminar, please inform Markus Altena Davidsen no later than 25 October 2018.


EXPERT MEETING | 1 November 2018, 9.00-13.00: The Study of Religion and Religion Education

Programme (preliminary)

09:00 – 09:15

Arrival and coffee

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome and presentation round

09:30 - 10:45

Session 1: What Should We Teach in Religion Education? Or: Where Do We Want to Go? (Chair: Ammeke Kateman)

Group discussions of the following questions: What needs to change in the high school curriculum? Upon which didactical principles should religion be taught in high school?

Plenary discussion: Inventorying of ideas and good/bad practices for implementing change.



10:45 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

Session 2: How Can We Achieve Our Goals? (Chair: Markus Davidsen)

Plenary discussion on good/bad practices relating to the organization of study days, creating of teaching material, mobilization of high school teachers, and international cooperation.


12:15 – 13:00


Room: 104 (Het Verbarium)

Address: Matthias de Vrieshof 3, 2311 BZ Leiden

Participation: Participation in the expert meeting is open to scholars of religion, high school teachers, teacher trainers, and everyone interested in anchoring high school teaching in religion more in the academic discipline of the study of religion.

Registration: Participation is free, but the number of participants is limited to 20. If you wish to participate in the expert meeting, please contact Markus Altena Davidsen as soon as possible and no later than 25 October 2018.

The seminar and expert meeting aim to further develop and implement the agenda for a more study-of-religion-based religion education that was formulated during the 2016 conference on The Study of Religion and Religion Education.

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