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 time for discussion. There, it became on the one hand clear that IERS and SORAPS met with great approval, on the other hand especially issued by the involved teachers how hard it is to implement this kind of projects in the French laical educational environment.
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, the coordinator 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.
Alicia García-Holgado, from the GRIAL Research Group of the University of Salamanca, has presented the E-EVALINTO Teacher Training Course to the partners of the European project Supporting Teachers and Immigrant Students at School (STEMS) funded by the Erasmus+ programme KA2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices. Strategic Partnerships for school education. The presentation was part of agenda in the third meeting of the project that took place in San Javier, Murcia, on 22-23 January 2018.
The Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was officially invited by the International Society for Historical and Systematic Research on Textbooks and Educational Media (IGSBi) to the Annual Conference of the International Society for Historical and Systematic Research On Textbooks And Educational Media present EU projects related to Religious Education. Never, as in the year of the Fifth Centenary of the Protestant Reformation, addressing the important and often neglected topic “Religion and Educational Media” has proved so relevant. The numerous proposals and the pleasing number of more than 60 participants, were further proofs of the importance of the topic.
Within this context, the IERS – Intercultural Education through Religious Studies project and its successor, the SORAPS – Study of Religions against Prejudice and Stereotypes have been presented and greatly appreciated by the participants. The contributions from the conference will be published in a volume in 2018.
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.
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 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.
The closure event about the TRAILER project will take place within the International Conference TEEM’13 (Salamanca, November 14-16, 2013).
November 15th, on Friday afternoon, will be devoted to the project. First, it is programmed the presentations submitted to the track “Formal and informal learning experiences in multicultural scopes”, which is devoted to identify, share and valorise best practices and experiences (including technological and methodological issues) that focused on the development of intercultural skills and competencies in education, including both formal and informal approaches.
Finally, there will a panel discussion and the main results of the project will be presented.