Identity by Massimo Raveri

Articles, News
An interesting article by Professor Massimo Raveri, Cà Foscari University of Venice, about identity: Every culture forms a complex, always dynamic, system, which lives on a deep tension between phases of opening and closure to other cultures. On the one hand, there are phases of coherence, where symbolic and regulatory structures tend to agree with foundational choices and traditional values. On the other hand, there are phases of transformation and divergence from the views of the past. On the one side, this is due to those endogenous factors - such as the generational turnover, the economic dynamics of redistribution of wealth, the mobility of the social power -  which generate new ideas and different values. On the other side, there are exogenous factors – such as immigration, or colonial rule…
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Interview by Felix Petzold about prejudices and stereotypes in religion

Interview by Felix Petzold about prejudices and stereotypes in religion

Articles, News
Here we have an interview by Felix Petzold, Chair of Didactics of History at University of Augsburg, about prejudices and stereotypes in religion: Mr. Petzold, are religion-related stereotypes a contemporary problem? No, religion-related stereotyping is far from a sole contemporary phenomenon. Stereotypes, as they appear today, have mostly grown historically. Humanity uses stereotyping throughout its existence in order to 'navigate' in a confusing and complex world. This process is thus a simplyfing strategy. But that’s not all. By stabilizing the results outwards and inwards on both an individual and collective level, stereotypes accomplish the formation and stabilization of identity through the construction of alterity. This describes one of their essential functions then and now. They are (hi)story educators. How do you approach stereotypes from your perspective as a specialis, including…
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SORAPS Project Presentation at Lycée René Cassin Arpajon (France) in May 2018

SORAPS Project Presentation at Lycée René Cassin Arpajon (France) in May 2018

Dissemination, News
The Institut européen en sciences des religions (IESR) of the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) hold an informative session on SORAPS at the secondary school René Cassin in Aprajon to an audience consisting of local teachers from three different schools and members of local educational authorities. The session was divided into a theoretical introduction by IESR in the morning and a subsequent practical exploration by the participants in the afternoon. In the morning session, the participants get an overview on the SORAPS project, its goals, the online training platform in general and its UNITS in particular. Furthermore, links to the previous project IERS (Intercultural Education through Religious Studies) were made. In the afternoon session, the participants discover the online learning environment of SORAPS and IERS. Afterwards there was enough…
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SORAPS Project Presentation at the Roma Tre University

SORAPS Project Presentation at the Roma Tre University

Dissemination, News
The Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was officially invited by the Department of Humanities to speak about SORAPS during the workshop "Methods and Tools for the interpretation of religious facts" at the Roma Tre University on May 15th. In addition to the speech by Giovanni Lapis, a researcher of SORAPS, other exciting speeches by experts, stakeholders and activists were awaiting the participants. All united the goal of implementing the academic view on religions in the classroom. The participants, graduated students, were not only obviously interested, but also took the opportunity to consolidate the networks in the field of religious education in Italian public schools.
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Feedback from teachers in the Teacher Training Course in Salamanca

Feedback from teachers in the Teacher Training Course in Salamanca

Meetings, News, Results
Some comments from the participants of the face-to-face week in Salamanca: "A very interesting week in Salamanca with extraordinary teachers and collegues" by Elena (Italy) "Una semana completa llena de información, intercultural, internacional, flexible sobre el estudio del fenómeno religioso y el estudio de prejuicios y estereotipos relacionados con ellas" by Ana (Spain) "Thinking over how to adapt the very interesting contents of the course to the teaching of Language" by Alberto (Spain) "We worked hard but it was really worth because the themes we discussed were challenging. My congratulations to everybody" by Massimo (Italy)
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