CFP for Bloomsbury Handbook on Religious Education in the Global South

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religious Education in the Global South is seeking chapter proposals. They define the Global South as including the following regions: Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. The call for chapter proposals invites educationists, scholars, practitioners and other stakeholders involved with or concerned about policy, theory and practice of Religious Education (RE) in the GS such as those working in institutions of learning (public, private and religiously-controlled schools; seminaries; teacher education; universities), government departments (policy-makers and education officials) and religious organisations.

From the call:

“How societies in the GS engage with RE as a school subject is an issue that so far has received, if at all, only cursory attention in the burgeoning RE discourse. Unlike the nature of RE in the Global North (GN), which is often characterised by individualisation, secularisation, dechristianisation and immigration, there is something to be said about how RE in the GS is conceptualised, debated, negotiated and offered in public and non-state sectors of education. What sets the proposed book apart is that it will examine, perhaps for the first time, RE as it exists in what are often cultural and religious conservative environments frequently averse to a secular-liberal framework upon which national governments may predicate educational policy and practice. This tension especially in Christian (i.e. sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America) and Islamic (i.e. Northern Africa and the Middle East) dominated regions provide compelling reasons to examine RE in the GS. In addition, the religious/non-religious character of Asia, India and the Far East largely influenced by Indian/Dharmic traditions, will add significantly to our understanding of RE in the GS. In an increasingly globalised world, the book is keen to receive papers that address how RE in the GS responds to contemporary trends in society such as pluralisation, minorities, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, fundamentalism, New Age Spiritualties, and non-religion.”

“Edited by Yonah H. Matemba (University of the West of Scotland, UK) and Bruce Collet (Bowling Green State University, USA) with the assistance of sections editors (tbc), the book welcomes critical papers that address both the confessional and post-confessional landscape upon which contemporary RE is predicated in the GS. In particular, we are keen to receive papers that offer local solutions to complex issues, ensuring not only the relevance of theory and practice but also the vibrancy of RE in its varied schooling contexts. Submissions are welcome from scholars and practitioners, and from a variety of perspectives, including historical, theological, philosophical, sociological and educational. For papers focusing on a similar issues/topic, we encourage authors to collaborate across countries and/or regions, and integrate their papers into a single submission.”

For more information, please contact Yonah H. Matemba.

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