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.
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!
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
Flyer about the project in English, Spanish, Greek and Polish
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.
One of the main activities during the first phase of the project has been defined the dissemination strategy. One of the main goals has been to select which social networks are a good channel to disseminate our activities. In this sense, we have created two profiles, one on Facebook and one on Twitter. You can follow us!
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.
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.
An international training course aimed at promoting the intercultural dialogue through the teaching of religion in high schools was held in Venice, from 13 to 17 March 2017.
In the setup of said course, the experience gathered during the implementation of the IERS – Intercultural Education Through Religious Studies https://iers.unive.it/ project proved significantly crucial to ensure the remarkable participation of 17 teachers from all over Europe in the training activities. A wide range of theoretical and practical issues were covered, ranging from all the diverse approaches to learning religion to the different methods to use ICT in class. All the participants expressed their satisfaction towards the issues addressed and the methodologies used.
This peculiar kind of learning process has been designed for the purpose of being replicated in other Member States in the near future. The learning process was an opportunity to present the new SORAPS project, which takes up its partners and objectives from the previous IERS project; the proposed action has been welcomed with great interest by the teachers involved, who expressed their willingness to be active parts of the follow-up project. In the end, we can confidently conclude that these relations, synergies and continuities between different Actions represent a fundamental way of guaranteeing the positive impact of project activities on both beneficiaries and targeted partners.
For further information, please refer to the following documents: http://bit.ly/2xRyTR3 and https://iers.unive.it/in-service-traning/.
The Consortium members of the SORAPS (Studies of Religions Against Prejudices and Stereotypes) project have gathered from 23 to 27 November 2016 in the wonderful scenario offered by the University Ca’Foscari in Venice, where the meeting was held.
The implementing Consortium, which is currently led by the University Ca’Foscari of Venice, is the same involved in the former IERS (Intercultural Education through Religious Studies, https://iers.unive.it/) project, which already partnered with 4 prestigious European educational institutions: the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain; the Universität Augsburg in Germany, the Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE) in France and the Syddansk Universitet in Denmark, besides the leading NGO Oxfam Italia.
The SORAPS project has introduced a significant innovation compared with its precedessor: the establishment of an active partnership with 3 high schools from Italy, Spain and France, responsible for the piloting of the educational programs. These are going to be developed upon the outcomes of training activities for the teachers, created within the project and made up of several modules, namely:
- Sense and Methods of Teaching History of Religions in Schools;
- Introduction to the Main World Religious Traditions;
- Religious Plurality in Contemporary Societies & Media;
- Fundamentalisms and Human rights in the religious dimension;
- Use of innovative ICT methodologies;
- Managing of Multicultural classes;
- Methods of Teachers Training.