Academic Debate – Perspectives on Religious Education and History of Religions in public schools and universities in Romania

I have just received from Mr. Eugen Ciurtin, from the Institute for the History of Religions of the Romanian Academy the following call for papers:

Dear Colleagues,

The ongoing academic and cultural debates all over Europe as well as in Romania about the status, means, character and perspectives of Religious Education (RE) and History of Religions (HR) in public schools and universities persuade the editors of Archaeus. Studies in the History of Religions to offer a platform of debate for Romanian-born scholars of religion active in Romania or abroad, and for other scholars well aware of the current situation in Europe.

We would thus like to invite you to contribute to this academic debate by answering the following questions:

How do you evaluate the present state of teaching and studying religion in Romanian public education?

What do you consider are the chief problems, solutions, and vistas in framing Romanian RE in closer association with the broad and global scholarly field of HR?

You may refer to: manuals for elementary and high schools; teaching programs, irrespective of their educational level; the profile of people involved in teaching; the relationship between Theology and HR; the academic, cultural, and/or general presence and perception of HR; the key difficulties in acknowledging ‘religion’ is plural; the local paradigms and dynamics for understanding religion within culture, then within education; how to construct a middle way between ‘fundamentalist’ and ‘atheist’ perceptions of religions; as well as to any other points you may consider scholarly pertinent.

This call is open for members of the Romanian Association for the History of Religions, representing Romania to the European and international forums of EASR and IAHR, and non-members alike. We would like to invite more than thirty scholars to address these questions, including several public intellectuals of rather dissimilar positioning. Contributing or not, you may also suggest names of colleagues capable and willing to contribute. We expect contributors will do respect all basic academic requirements in providing their answers, as our readership consists mainly of scholars of religion all over the world.

If you are willing to join, please send us your answers of no more than 800 words in English, before October 26, 2012, to e.ciurtin@ihr-acad.ro. Edited with an introduction, the answers will be published as a special section in Archaeus 16 (2012), forthcoming in November 2012. Our style sheet is available at http://www.ihr-acad.ro/?pid=archaeus_info. Please write your document using a Unicode font.

Looking forward to read your contribution to a debate we think pivotal for Romanian education,

With kind regards, E. Ciurtin

Publications Officer of the European Association for the Study of Religions

Lecturer & Secretary of the Scientific Council, Institute for the History of Religions, Romanian Academy

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Founded in 1997, Archaeus is indexed in Science of Religion. Abstract and Index of Recent Articles (International Association for the History of Religions, Brill); Brill Online Reference Works; ERIH – European Reference Index for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation (“Theology and Religious Studies”); LITaRS – Louvain Index of Theology and Religious Studies for Journals and Series, and was recently included among Riviste Classe A by ANVUR – Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca / National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

Online edition, abstracts and indexes: www.ceeol.com & www.ihr-acad.ro.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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