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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
British Journal of Religious Education

For a Special Issue on
Pandemics, Worldviews and Religious Education

Abstract deadline
15 March 2022

Manuscript deadline
28 January 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

John Valk, University of New Brunswick
[email protected]

Mualla Selçuk, Ankara University
[email protected]

Stéphanie Tremblay, Université du Quebec
[email protected]

Duncan Wielzen, Catholic Diocese, Rotterdam
[email protected]

David Aldridge, Edge Hill University
[email protected]

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Pandemics, Worldviews and Religious Education

Guest Editors:

John Valk, University of New Brunswick ([email protected])

Mualla Selçuk, Ankara University ([email protected])

Stéphanie Tremblay, Université du Quebec ([email protected])

 Duncan Wielzen, Catholic Diocese, Rotterdam ([email protected])

David Aldridge, Edge Hill University, UK. ([email protected]ehill.ac.uk)

David Lundie, University of Glasgow, UK ([email protected])

Publication: September 2023

Over the centuries, the world has been impacted by various pandemic – for example, Black Death, Smallpox, Spanish Flu, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and more.  Today we globally face COVID-19 and its variants.  The reach and severity of these pandemics have altered the lives of billions of people and in many unexpected ways.  They have left death and devastation in their path.  They have tested human resolve, rudimentary and advanced health care systems, even educational systems.  Pandemics of the present day have disrupted business, travel, and much more.  Individuals, groups of individuals, cultures, and nations past and present have reacted to these pandemics in various ways, each for their own particular reasons and each with their own particular consequences.

How do scholars in the field of Worldview and Religious Education (W/RE) therefore respond to these pandemics in the past and present?  W/RE is unique in that it deals with beliefs, values, behaviours, sacred writings and more, all from a variety of religious, spiritual and secular worldview perspectives, and all in order to better understand meaning, purpose, responsibilities, life, death, and more.  In what way and to what extent has W/RE contributed to a greater understanding of humans as spiritual, social, political and economic beings in light of such pandemics?  Pandemics can generate social anxiety, psychological distress and social isolation (Loades et al., 2021).  Can W/RE offer possibilities of introspection, reflection and a renewed search for meaning?  Pandemics can foster social polarization, xenophobia, stigmatization, and even hatred for the other.  Can W/RE offer safe spaces in moments of crises for expressions of empathy, doubt, and fear through dialogue between students and teachers (Gover, 2020; Cénat et al., 2021)? Pandemics can trigger alternative visions of reality, conspiracy theories or rumours, including those of vaccinations and healthcare (Monnais et al, 2021).  Can W/RE offer alternative perspectives on medicine, but even more on increasing our understanding of various visions of reality, through dialogue and critical reflection (Arendt, 1978)?  What insights about the human and human behaviour can W/RE offer to society in general and education in particular regarding past, present and future pandemics?  How have the changes to schooling and religious practice during the pandemic provided challenges and opportunities for learning about religions and worldviews?

This special BJRE issue seeks to explore these big questions.  It invites scholars, researchers, and teachers to address philosophically or pedagogically how W/RE in its various contexts has confronted pandemic crises that have shaken the world, the learning gained for education arising from its encounters with pandemics, and the spiritual, social, political and economic insights it possesses that can be offered in the public square in regard to them and to other present and future global crises.

Submission Instructions

  1. At the top of your proposal, please provide full name, title and affiliation of author(s), along with a complete mailing address, contact information and primary discipline/area of work for each author.
  2. Please indicate clearly the title of your paper. Proposals should explain the paper’s objectives or purpose and ensure that it falls within the call of the paper. Proposals should describe the paper’s conceptual perspectives or theoretical framework, research methods/modes of inquiry (including data sources, evidence and materials), and at least an outline of the paper’s results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view (main argument). Proposals should present the scholarly significance of the paper related to the Special Issue.
  3. Proposals should be no longer than 500 words. Proposals should be sent by email to: John Valk ([email protected]).
  4. Full papers should be no more than 6000 words, inclusive of tables, references, figure captions, footnotes and endnotes.
  5. For format, style and referencing of full papers, please visit BJRE website for detailed information: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=cbre20&page=instructions

Important Dates

  • Announcement of the call for papers (abstracts): 26th September 2021
  • Submission of abstracts: 15th March 2022
  • Announcement of accepted abstracts: 15th May 2022
  • Submission of full papers for accepted abstracts: 28th January 2023. Submission will be via the BJRE Submission Site (see button below); please ensure that you list the appropriate special issue title in your submission.
  • Author revised papers (after double-blind peer-review for accepted papers) due: 28th May 2023.
  • Papers will be published in SI: September 2023.
  • As per BJRE practice, accepted papers will be published online before the official publication date of SI.

Warmest regards,

The Guest Editors.

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