Conference keynote speakers Rome 2023

EFTRE 15th Conference in Rome 2023
Keynote Speakers

Andrea Porcarelli

Associate Professor, University of Padua, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology (ITALY)

Teaching religion between bridges and walls – the evolution of teaching of Catholic education in Italy

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Associated Professor in General and social pedagogy, in Padua University, he obtained the qualification to the role of full professor for the same disciplinary scientific field. He teaches pedagogical disciplines at the religious institutes of Bologna, Rimini and Forlì. Member of SIPED (Italian Society of Pedagogy) and National Coordinator of the SIPED Research Group on “Religiosity and religious formation”; Member of the National Board of CIRPED (Centro Italiano di Ricerca Pedagogica). For some of his publications he received the Prize “Accademia” (Associazione Pedagogica Italiana) in 2015 and 2022 and the SIPED (Società Italiana di Pedagogia) Prize in 2016 and 2022.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the “Centro Studi Scuola Cattolica” (CSSC) and of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation “Girolamo Bortignon” for education and school (Padua). Co-director of the Editorial Series “L’esperienza religiosa. Incontri multidisciplinari”, at the francoangeli publisher (Milan), Co-director of the series “Orizzonti dell’Educazione” (new series), at the publisher Pensa multimedia (Lecce), Member of the Scientific Committee of the journal “Dirigenti scuola” (inserted among the scientific journals of ANVUR, in Band A for pedagogical SSDs 11/D1 and 11/D2), Co-director of the journal “La Scuola e l’Uomo – Ricerche”. He has been working since a lot of time in the training of teachers (with particular attention to those of Catholic religion) and of school leaders.

Some of the most recent publications: Religione a scuola tra ponti e muri. Insegnare religione in un orizzonte multiculturale, FrancoAngeli, 2022; Istituzioni di pedagogia sociale e dei servizi alla persona, Studium, 2021, Come un vento leggero. Corso di IRC per le scuole secondarie di secondo grado, SEI, 2021; Nuovi percorsi e materiali in preparazione al concorso a cattedra IDR, SEI, 2020; Progettare per competenze. Basi pedagogiche e strumenti operativi, Diogene Multimedia 2020; Saper guardare al di là degli occhi. Come percorrere i sentieri della vita imparando dalle proprie esperienze, Diogene Multimedia 2016; Educazione e politica. Paradigmi pedagogici a confronto, FrancoAngeli 2012.

Dr Kathryn Wright

Chief Executive, Culham St. Gabriel’s Trust (UNITED KINGDOM)

to be announced soon

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Kathryn leads the strategic vision and operations of Culham St Gabriel’s Trust based in the United Kingdom. The Trust is an endowed charitable foundation whose vision is for a broad-based, critical reflective education in religion and worldviews contributing to a well-informed, respectful and open society. After teaching in East London secondary schools for a number of years, she became the RE adviser to the London Borough of Newham before going freelance in 2005. Prior to her current role, she worked as a consultant with Culham St Gabriel’s, two local authorities and the Anglican Dioceses of Norwich, Ely and St Albans. Her doctorate developed a theoretical framework for RE pedagogy in Church of England schools. She has written for a number of edited publications including We need to talk about Religious Education (2017), Reforming RE (2020) and Mentoring religious education teachers in the secondary school (2023).She sits on the Board of the RE Council of England and Wales, and as an observer on the National Association of Teachers of RE Executive.

Bianca Kappelhoff, Dr Eszter Kodascy-Simon, Dr Sandra Cullen, Dr Sonja Danner, Dr Tania ap Siôn

Universities and research centres across Europe (IRELAND, WALES, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, HUNGARY)

“Covid made me think about…”

What really matters in RE

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This keynote is being held by the research group members:

Bianca Kappelhoff, Comenius-Institute (Germany)

Dr Sonja Danner, KPH Wien/Krems (Austria)

Dr Eszter Kodascy-Simon, Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University in Budapest (Hungary)

Dr Tania ap Siôn, St Giles’ Centre and Bishop Grosseteste University (Wales)

Dr Sandra Cullen, Dublin City University, Irish Centre for Religious Education (Ireland)

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This keynote will offer insights in empirical data in the field of RE. The “What Covid Reveals to Religious Education Specialists” research project sought to provide a reflective space for Religious Education specialists, drawn from the board members of the European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education (EFTRE), to consider their experiences of Religious Education during the Covid-19 pandemic and to begin to articulate what they might want in the future for Religious Education in light of their experiences. Areas explored in the online qualitative survey included: challenging questions and issues, social unrest, student-teacher relationships, learning scenarios, valued dimensions in Religious Education, opportunities for the future, and ‘ideal’ Religious Education. Respondents were from sixteen of the twenty-six countries present on the EFTRE Board, offering their individual perspectives from Western, Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern Europe.

Living and working through the challenges of a pandemic has offered a unique research opportunity to reveal and to engage with some core questions about what really matters in Religious Education (RE) in countries across Europe. This keynote will present some of the main findings in dialogue with the focusing research stimulus question: ‘What Covid reveals to Religious Education specialists’.

Dr Angelos Vallianatos

School advisor for religion lessons and teacher trainer in the fields of Didactics, Intercultural Education, Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship (GREECE)


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More information will follow soon.