Conference 2023

AULRE Annual Conference 2023

Hosted by Newman University, Birmingham

Conference: Thursday 18th to Friday 19th May 2023

Conference theme:
“Theory, Policy and Practice in RE – Is this a time of divergence?”

Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education (AULRE) is delighted to announce its 2023 conference, will be returning to the Newman University Birmingham on 18th and 19th May.

In our global context of impending ecological crisis and socio-political upheavals increasing lines of divergence developing in RE. In the UK political devolution appears to be significantly impacting on the theory, policy and practice of RE and it is important to reflect on what this means. The conference theme has been chosen to open up discussions around religious education and religion in education’s role in and response to issues surrounding socio-political divergence.

Confirmed keynotes include Dr Ruth Wareham and Dr David Lewin

Booking link:

AULRE Annual Conference 2023 | Newman University Online Store

Call for conference papers on the theme of:

Theory, Policy and Practice in RE – Is this a time of divergence?

The conference intends to bring together those with an interest in religious education (both directly and indirectly) from all parts of the UK and beyond. We anticipate therefore, receiving papers from researchers working in a number of areas including teacher educators and teacher practitioners. We also anticipate those working from aligned fields such as Sociology, Theology, Religious Studies, Education Studies, Psychology, Philosophy as well as from within Childhood and Youth studies will also be interested in presenting papers and attending.

It is envisaged that papers will address the conference theme specifically or more generally. They may also focus on one of the following areas:

  • Intersection between theory, policy and practice in RE
  • Inclusive religious education in the context of divergence
  • Divergence in RE and possible connections with world-view education
  • Pedagogical proposals for religious education in relation to increasing divergence
  • Religious education and the climate crisis in relation to socio-political divergence in the UK,Ireland and beyond

Abstracts (250-300 words) for proposals for individual research papers, or symposia of 2-4 linked papers should me sent to the AULRE Chair: by 17th March 2023. The results of the abstract review process will be sent to contributors by 31st March 2023. Papers presented at the AULRE conference should be as finished as possible. There will be an opportunity for the best papers to be published in a special edition of the Journal of Religious Education this autumn.Registration details will be appearing very soon on the Newman University Website The full conference £175 (or £95 for the day rate).