Conference 2021 – Online

‘Researching RE: Changing Times for Religious Education’

Hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
with the support of Culham St Gabriels

June 22nd 2021 (10:30AM – 6PM)


Conference organiser: Dr Sean Whittle (

Keynote ‘Cultivating the Unthinkable in Religious Education: World views and teaching to transgress.’

Professor Lynn Revell

Lynn Revell is a Professor of Religion and Education and Canterbury Christ Church University. She set up the special interest group on Religion and Values for British Education Research Association and is currently co convenor for the International Research Network on Extremism and Education for the World Educational Research Association. She is currently engaged in research looking at extremism and radicalisation in education as well issues to do with faith, race and freedom of expression. 

Keynote ‘Worldview frames curricula and infuses discipline, but what do beginning teachers think? ‘

Professor Bob Bowie

Professor Bob Bowie is Director of the National Institute of Christian Education, a research centre at Canterbury Christ Church University that investigates all aspects of Christian Education in including schooling, Christian universities, religious education and faith development. He is on the boards the British Journal of Religious Education, the Journal of Beliefs and Values and is an editor for the International Journal of Christianity and Education. His own research areas are around religious and human rights education, with a current specific focus on teaching texts in RE classrooms, but he has also written recently on tolerance of religions and morality in values education policy.


This one day-virtual conference will put the spotlight on how research in Religious Education could contribute to raising the quality of this subject, for the benefit of all young people. The day will provide the opportunity for researchers in RE to collaborate with professionals working to support and enhance religious education. These are changing times for RE and the need for research and practice to be brought together has never been greater.



Following on from the very successful AULRE special Edition of the Journal of RE in 2020, Stephen McKinney and Sean Whittle will again be the Guest Editors of an AULRE Special Edition of the JRE in the Autumn of 2021. The most successful papers (both mini and standard) delivered at the conference will be invited to submit fully developed articles (4000-5000 words) for inclusion in the 2021 AULRE special Edition of the JRE. The completed article will need to be submitted by 31st July 2021 in order to undergo a peer review and then a final decision will be made on whether or not the article can be included. The accepted papers, following on from the peer review would need to be ready to upload to the JRE manuscript centre by 1st September 2021.

If you would like your AULRE conference proposal to be considered for inclusion in the AULRE Special Edition, please indicate clearly on your paper proposal

Abstracts should be emailed to Sean Whittle


To pre-register your place email with your:

  1. Full name and preferred title,
  2. Associated institution
  3. Email address
  4. UK postal address (UK delegates only)
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£30 Non members of AULRE

£20 AULRE members and doctoral students of AULRE members (anyone who was a paid up member of AULRE in the year COVID began is considered a member)

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