Report of the second SORAPS Project meeting Augsburg (Germany)

The second SORAPS project meeting took place in Augsburg (Germany) last October, with the participation of all the consortium partners. The summit marked the definitive transition from the IERS to the SORAPS, other than an opportunity to assess all the project activities implemented and the working processes carried out so far, especially those involved with a greater engagement of the partner schools.

The IO1 (Guidelines on Stereotypes and Prejudices on Religions) finalization was also assessed, with the consortium partners committing to bringing it up to date with new insights throughout the life-cycle of the project. The IO2 (i.e. the Teachers Training Course) was also thoroughly discussed, and its curriculum, the topics addressed, and the training materials, schedules and activities to be done by teachers during the course were revised accordingly. The Training Materials for IO2 are currently under realization, while the design of the IO3 (Teachers Training Platform) is now being developed.

Last, but not least, the project meeting also allowed to discuss the consortium’s future strategies for widening our pool of potential stakeholder to whom disseminate SORAPS’s news and products.

First intellectual outputs of the project

The first Intellectual Outputs of SORAPS Project, the document entitled “Guidelines on Prejudices and Stereotypes about Religions” is published and freely downloadable in its first version.

It is a short publication which discusses, on the basis of existent literature and surveys in partner schools, which prejudices and stereotypes regarding religions should be engaged in schools and which training approaches are required to debunk them in a critical and scientifically informed way.

It will serve as guidance for the design of the training materials of the Intellectual Output 2, the Teachers’ Training Course.

Even if is complete in its contents, it is a living document that will be reviewed and updated through the life-cyle of the Project.

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Augsburg (Germany) hosting the second project meeting

Starting from Wednesday 4th, until the Friday 6th, the city of Augsburg will be hosting the partners of SORAPS for their second project meeting.

The end of the first year of the project becomes closer and partners want to discuss about the challenges faced in this period in order to improve the implementation. Beside the management tasks that are constitutive part of project meetings, partners would like, in particular, to deepen the opportunities that this project offers in terms of exploitation, considering the relevance of the topic addressed at this particular historical moment in Europe and worldwide. In fact, stereotypes and prejudices not adequately addressed lead to an increase of intolerance that we are witnessing today. Education and cultural awareness, of children and youth in particular, are the main and the priority channel through which we need to heal and to work on further prevention of this intolerance.That what is SORAPS about!

SORAPS project prespented during “Researcher’s night” event organized by Ca’Foscari University of Venice

The SORAPS Project has premiered on 29 September at the Researcher’s Night of Venice, an event of major importance within the larger European Researchers’ Night initiative promoted by the EU Commission.

This round of events has been especially designed to disseminate the outputs of several research projects to the larger public and at the same time to raise awareness on the very same topics in the same day; within this context, the SORAPS project has been presented as another successful output of the long-lasting involvement of Ca’ Foscari in Religious and Intercultural Education thanks to EU funding, just like the previous IERS project was.

The Researcher’s Night provided a nice opportunity to set out the overall aims of the project, as well as the ways SORAPS finds its place in an increasingly globalized era, where intercultural dialogues seem to be the keys to playing a full role as active European citizens. The findings related to the IO1 (Guidelines on Stereotypes and Prejudices on Religions) were also presented, followed by a discussion by Ca’ Foscari researchers.

SORAPS at international symposium on religions in the schools in Paris

International symposium “Which education in the schools to fight against religious stereotypes” was held in

Paris on last 9th September 2017, organized by European Institute for Religious Sciences (IESR) of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes of the Sorbonne University. (EPHE)

At the symposium took part many prestigious European universities, addressing religious stereotypes and analyzing the way in which education could prevent religious based discrimination, built on stereotypes and prejudices.

SORAPS project was the mainstream idea on which the symposium was built, and was presented by Renaud Rochette from IESR, partner of the project. Tim Jensen from Studies of Religions, Dipartment of History of Syddansk University, Denmark, partner of the project SORAPS, was keynote speaker too.

Program of the Symposium

Social media profiles for E-EVALINTO Project

One of the Cross-cutting activities of a Research Project is to define the dissemination strategy. In this way, we have defined a dissemination scheme for E-EVALINTO Project based on several social media.

Yo can check our news in the website or you can follow us on Facebook or Google+. Regarding Twitter, we don’t have a profile but you can check our activity or tweet something related with the project using the hashtag #eevalinto. Finally, we will produce some videos related with our outputs and you could check it on our Youtube channel.

social-networks E-EVALINTO

 

SORAPS Project presented at the seminar: “Schools and religious Super-Diversity”

On 26th May 26, 2017, the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Department of History, Culture and Religions, organized the seminar on School and Religious Super Diversity: Italian and European didactic experiences within the framework of Master in Religion and Cultural Mediation. The aim of the seminar was to present good practices at the Italian and European level in the field of teaching of religions with objective, scientific and intercultural approach. The keynote speakers came from prestigious Italian and European universities and was addressed to the Master’s students. SORAPS was presented by Giovanni Lapis of Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, project coordinator.

More info about the program of the seminar here.

Results of the first assessment of common stereotypes in schools

Several analyses and assessments, involving 100 students and 30 teachers from the partner schools, have been carried out over the last few months in order to design the guidelines on stereotypes and preconceptions, which will prove crucial to develop and implement the training activities for teachers.

The questionnaires have shown the diversities between the point of view of the trainers and those of the students on the most common stereotypes and preconceptions, as well as on the hot topics in the interfaith and intercultural dialogue. According to the interviews with the teachers, the three main topics to be discussed are Islam, other particular issues such as religious sects and cults, and the Christianity in all its complexity. On the other hand, the analysis carried out on the students’ point of view showed that they would rather discuss religion as such, considering Islam a secondary issue.

For further information, please refer to the document Appendix 1_Summary and comments responses questionnaires”, which summarises the results of the analysis carried out.