Thursday, July 12, 2007

Call for Papers: E-Learning in Dialogue: Innovative Teaching and Learning in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Thought this might be of interest to the readers of ISW.

Subject: First Call for Papers- E-Learning in Dialogue: Innovative Teaching and Learning in Philosophy and Religious Studies- Leeds/York (exact venue tbc)- 14-15 March 2008.

Dear Colleagues,

An early date for your diaries.

The Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies (PRS), is organising an international two-day Conference on 'E-Learning in Dialogue: Innovative Teaching and Learning in Philosophy and Religious Studies' to be held in Leeds/York (venue tbc) in 14th-15th of March. Academics in Philosophy and Religious Studies, who are interested in enriching their practice through innovations in technology-enabled teaching and learning in Philosophy and Religious Studies, will find this two day event a most creative and fruitful way to meet other academics with experience in this area and exchange views with them on ways to enhance and apply, embed and enhance e-learning in their discipline.

The Conference will include presentations and lectures from leading figures in e-learning in the Humanities (from UK and other European countries), who will present both traditional and pioneering approaches to e-learning. There will also be specialised workshops for a hands-on approach to e-learning and to confront the challenges of transferring a traditional approach to dialogue in the humanities to a VLE platform and other forms of e-learning.

Dialogue has been frequently discussed as a major challenge for e-learning in the humanities (and especially philosophy). The innovations presented at the Conference will attempt to challenge this myth and they will present creative and novel ways of applying dialogue in teaching and learning, building on the existing use of dialogue as a teaching and learning strategy in the humanities and religious studies, which has a history of more than 2000 years, starting primarily with Socrates in philosophy and Buddha in religious thought).

All philosophical and religious traditions are welcome and there will be co-operation with and contributions from other Higher Education Academy Subject Centres. We would also like to extend the invitation to attend this conference to teachers in primary and secondary education. Interested researchers and practitioners of e-learning in the humanities, who would like to present their work and provide a platform for exchange of ideas in avant-garde and state-of-the-art innovations, are most welcome to contact Dr. C. Athanasopoulos, 'Costas', at the PRS Subject Centre (, and send their proposals for papers/workshops (deadline: end of January 2008).

There will also be a prize study case competition for academics using innovative e-learning in PRS, the prize for which will be presented at the Conference.
More details about the Conference and the prize competition will be posted by the end of July 2007 on the Subject Centre website.

With best wishes,

Dr. Constantinos Athanasopoulos- 'Costas'

E-Learning Project Officer

I will probably be going to this since for me it is relatively local, it would be good to hear if other ISWers are interested and might be attending.


  1. Thanks, David. I published a piece on Dialogue last year on getting students interested in ethics via Confucian virtue theory. It's a good pedagogical journal, I think. I'll keep my eye open on this conference, too!

  2. I'm in Liverpool and I'm certainly interested in attending. We'll see how my schedule looks come March.

  3. David, perhaps you could post a diary of what you learn at the conference next spring? That would be great.

  4. Sounds like an excellent idea Michael, I'll do that.

    D Slakter and any others if you are going to the conference let me know via email idmonfish @
    gmail. com and then we can meet up.
    Cheers David

  5. Hi to all!
    I am Constantinos from the Conference. Many thanks to David for posting this at the Blog.
    Please do contact me with proposals for papers or just to say you would like to participate.
    I am trying to get some bursaries and other financial help so that the participation of people will not cost them any money (at least very little). We already have offers for papers and we will have workshops for a hands on approach.
    Please note that we are in the process of rescheduling the Conference for April or May (I shall have more on this on our elearning wiki and blog: e-Learning Wiki:
    e-Learning Blog:
    Best regards to all


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