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Religion in Education. A contribution to Dialogue or a factor of Conflict in transforming societies of European Countries

Religion in Education. A contribution to Dialogue or a factor of Conflict in transforming societies of European Countries

Objective

Our project represents a necessary approach to address the question, how religions and values can contribute to dialogue or tension in Europe. In our project highly qualified researchers in the humanities and social sciences will cooperate in a thematic and methodological approach in order to gain better insight into how European citizens of different religious, cultural and political backgrounds can live together and enter into dialogue of mutual respect and understanding. These possibilities are to be examined in the context of educational institutions. In the context of historical development, we will concentrate on questions of religions and religious values. Differences will be studied in their impact on modern Europe and the lives of its citizens.

We plan to research empirically how differences within European societies can be taken into account without creating conflict or exclusion. Empirical studies, targeting students in the 14-16-year age group, will look into their own perceptions of dialogue or conflict within the different national contexts. These will include a dual perspective of, on the one hand, the subjects' own perspectives and, on the other hand, analyses of observed teaching in both dialogue and conflict situations. Our subject selection will also allow for gender-specific results. It is particularly from those studies we expect to gain insight into whether and how religious and value-based identity development can coexist or clash with openness for other positions.

We plan to conversely look into how, in the context of religious education in schools and universities, theoretical and practical approaches that further openness towards others and mutual respect across religious and cultural differences can be strengthened. Looking towards the future, we cannot hope to solve this task at the national level alone. A European perspective needs to be established through comparative study.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG.

Address

Moorweidenstr. 18
Hamburg

Germany

Administrative Contact

Wolfram WEISSE (Prof.)

Participants (9)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

ECOLE PRATIQUE DES HAUTES ETUDES

France

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM (VU)

Netherlands

HOEGSKOLEN I STAVANGER

Norway

TARTU UELIKOOL

Estonia

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS - UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

DEUTSCHES ORIENT INSTITUT

Germany

RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOR HUMANITY

Russia

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 28384

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 188 490

  • EU contribution

    € 1 188 492

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG.

Germany