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Relocating Religion in a Changing Classroom
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences Didactics. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5081-0154
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Religion as a subject is handled very differently in different, national contexts (see Davis & Miroshnikova, 2013). In this paper, we will discuss questions which surface in the meeting of two very different systems of RE: Sweden and India. The two paradigms interfere with each other (cf. Haraway, 1988). It reveals different ways of understanding religion in general and RE in particular. One focus will be on what sort of religious expression(s) pupils are allowed to meet in the two contexts. In this paper we will take both a theoretical and empirical approach on what sort of religious expression children in primary school are allowed to meet in RE. We show that the different histories of the two societies has shaped two particular understandings of religion, which in turn has resulted in two different ways of arranging RE. The Swedish, secular school-system tends to be Lutheran, although in an unconscious manner (cf. Buchardt, 2015). Whereas the Indian school-system on the face of it doesn't have religious education (cf. Mahmood, 2013). Looking closer, it can be found, but perhaps focusing on doings rather than knowledge of. One context highlights knowledge of, but avoids doings. The other context emphasizes do- ings, but avoids knowledge of and definitions. Both systems of RE offer particular opportunities and suffer difficulties in dealing with today's globalized world (cf. Kittelmann Flensner, 2015; K. Kumar, 2007).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad, 2016.
Keyword [en]
religion, didactics, didactics of religion, subject didactics, Sweden, India
Keyword [sv]
religion, didaktik, ämnesdidaktik, religionsdidaktik, Sverige, Indien
National Category
Religious Studies Didactics
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-46130OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-46130DiVA: diva2:971069
Conference
The European Association for the Study of Religions (easr) conference in Helsinki, June 2016
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2016-09-15

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