Conference 2020

‘RE Matters’

Hosted by Newman University, Birmingham, UK

Thursday 14th to Friday 15th May 2020

The title of the conference is ‘RE matters…’.  This can be interpreted as the goals and importance of RE, and / or the issues or matters RE is facing.  The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Education and Theology at Newman University, Birmingham, UK.  The conference ethos is to create an open, inclusive, and critically engaging forum for scholarship in Religion and Education.

We warmly invite submissions for short papers (15-20 minutes) on issues that fall broadly within the conference title.  Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to Dr Sean Whittle ( or Proposals for panel discussions (45 minutes) are also invited.  Deadline for submissions is 1 March.  Notifications of acceptance will be made by the end of March.

7 or 8 papers will be considered for inclusion in a special 2020 edition of the Journal of Religious Education.  Presenters wanting to take up this opportunity will need to have their final text submitted to the conference organiser by 1st May.

Six bursaries, sponsored by Culham St Gabriel, are available for doctoral students to attend and present at the conference.  Contact Emma Salter ( for application details.  Please encourage your doctoral students to get in touch.

There will also be an up-date on seven research projects, sponsored by Culham St Gabriel, which are exploring key issues in Religious Education.

We are thrilled to announce that our keynotes are:

Dr Emma Salter

Dr Liam Gearon

Dr Janet Orchard

Registration details will appear soon on the Newman University website


AULRE member rate: £145 (full conference) or £85 (day rate)

Non-members rate:£160 (full conference) or £90 (day rate)

Details of affordable overnight accommodation are available on request from

Conference organiser: Dr Sean Whittle (

Conference convenor: Professor Susan Docherty, Newman University