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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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“Study of religions against prejudices & stereotypes”: Conferences on the SORAPS Project

“Study of religions against prejudices & stereotypes”: Conferences on the SORAPS Project

Conferences
In the school year 2018/2019, two meetings have been scheduled in order to introduce students and teachers to the SORAPS Project. “Marco Foscarini” High School in Venice (Fondamenta Santa Caterina, Cannaregio 4942) hosts both the meetings open to all those who are willing to participate. The first meeting took place on 12 September and the second one will be implemented on 4 December. The agenda remains unchanged for both the days in order to let those students and teachers who have an interest in it decide when participate. The aim of these two sessions is not only to present the entire SORAPS Project and its first outcomes in order to involve other teachers both within and outside the School, but also to share the ideas, themes and arguments which lie…
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Upcoming Closing Teacher Training Event in Florence (Italy), December 2018

Upcoming Closing Teacher Training Event in Florence (Italy), December 2018

Workshops
The second and last teacher-training event (C2) of the SORAPS Project will also act as a workshop. Supported by tutors and researchers the teachers will evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired so far and present their experience in implementing the in-class activities to the other project teachers. Moreover, in this training event the teachers are prepared for the ensuing multiplication-training phase by showing them how to organise it and by giving them the necessary skills on training other teachers. When: 17 – 21 December 2018 Duration: 5 Days Where: Florence (Italy) What: The teachers will evaluate the course as a whole, evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired so far, and be qualified to train other teachers during the ensuing multiplication-training phase Who do what: The Partner Schools will provide two…
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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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