NCRE 2022 programme

We inform you that there still might be some changes in the conference programme taking into account if any of the participants cancel their presentation. 



Welcome event

Faculty of Theology, University of Latvia


9.00 – 10.30



10.30 – 11.00



11.00 – 12.30

Caroline Klintborg (former Gustavsson) “Searching for a renewal of Religious Education Identity – a Swedish perspective”

Respondent: Siebren Miedema


12.30 – 13.30



13.30 – 15.00

Parallel session 1a

1. Kristian Niemi

At the crossroads: ascertaining direction through friction

2. Jonothan Donney

RE at the Crossroads: Changes in English RE policy as seen in through the pages of the professional journal

3. Oddrun M. H. Bråten

Non-binary worldviews in education

Parallel session 1b

1. Anuleena Kimanen

Human rights education, social justice, and the formation of agency in RE

2. Nils H.Korsvoll

Approaches to historical content in a contemporary RE

3. Gunnfrid Ljones Øierud, Espen Schjetne

Contributions from representatives from the Church of Norway in a pluralistic, objective and critical RE subject


15.00 – 15.15

Coffee break


15.15 – 16.45

Parallel session 2a

Symposium Human Rights as aim or frame in RE? Freedom of religion, agency, and didactics in the cross-roads between RE and Human Rights

Anuleena Kimanen (Docent, University Lecturer)

Eva Lindhardt (Associate Professor, University College Copenhagen)

Kirsten M. Andersen (Associate Professor, University College South Denmark)

Lakshmi Sigurdsson (Associate Professor, University College Copenhagen)

Parallel session 2b

1. Lars Unstad

To «learn how to learn». Core elements and disciplinary literacy in Norwegian religious education.

2. Paulina Gruffman

Teaching RE through New Religions

3. Synnøve Markeng

Sacred texts and practices in RE


16.45 – 18.00



18.00- 19.00

Meeting with rector of the University of Latvia



Opportunities to have tickets for concerts in Riga (Opera, The Large Guild, Jazz  restaurant, etc.)


9.00 – 10.30

Zanda Rubene “Digital Childhood: Some Reflections from the Point of View of Philosophy of Education”

Respondent: Dace Balode


10.30 – 10.50

Coffee break


10.50 – 12.20

Parallel session 3a

Symposium How does religion & worldviews education shape student conceptions of citizenship?


Oddrun Marie Hovde Bråten

Marie von der Lippe

Trine Anker

Kristian Niemi

Karin Kittelmann-Flensne

Alexis Stones

Javier Garcia Oliva

Parallel session 3b

Symposium A beginner’s guide to VR: 360-degree images and videos in RE practice and research

Chair: Knut Aukland (OsloMet)


Anne Siri Kvia (OsloMet);

Shamim Akhtar Younis (OsloMet)

 Inge Andersland (NLA);

Eivind Zakariassen (NDLA);

Morten Beckmann (UiA);

Martin Smith- Gahrsen (UiA);

Trond Frestad (UiA)


12.20 – 13.30



13.30 – 15.00

Parallel session 4a

Symposium Innovation in deep learning with Social, Religion and Worldviews Studies (InDeep)


Oddrun Marie Hovde Bråten

Lars Unstad

Geir Skeie

Inge Andersland

Knut Aukland

Marie von der Lippe

Rob Freathy

Jonathan Doney

Parallel session 4b

1. Ragnhild Laird Iversen

Non-existing, health-related or rules for children from “another country”? Exploring young children’s working theories about religiously based food regulations

2. Eva Lindhardt, Lakshmi Sigurdsson

Contested narratives and controversial issues in religious education – didactic challenges for teacher education and schools.

3. Martin Rothgangel

Religious Didactics in the Crossroads of Didactics and Subject-matter Didactics: Perspectives of General Subject Didactics


15.00 – 15.15

Coffee break


15.15 – 16.45

Parallel session 5a

Symposium Freedoms of religions. Tensions and controversies in Norwegian RE classrooms.

Chair: Marie von der Lippe    

Lina Snoek Hauan: Teacher impartiality and disclosing one´s view on religion. Reflections from a case study in Norwegian Religion and ethics education.

Christian Lomsdalen: Education about Christianity as a controversial topic for Christians

Sebastian Tjelle Jarmer: Teaching Critique, Criticism and Controversy in Religious Education

Marie von der Lippe and Trine Anker: Teaching controversial issues in RE teacher education

Parallel session 5b

Symposium: The Role of Space and Time: A comparative exploration of Religion and Education: Searching for the renewal of religious education identity I

Jonathan Doney (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)

Kristian Niemi (Karlstad University, Sweden)

Martin Rothgangel (University of Vienna, Austria)

Nils H. Korsvoll (University of Agder, Norway)

Inge Andersland (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

Siebren Miedema (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands)


16.45 – 17.00

Coffee break


17.00 - 18.30

Parallel session 6a

1. Seth Asare-Danso

“Tertiarization” policy and the teaching of religious education in Ghana: Challenges and prospects

2. Eric Mensah

Teachers’ curriculum knowledge in the teaching of christian religious studies: a study of senior high school teachers in the greater accra region, Ghana

3. Martin Owusu

Out of field teaching: the bane of christian religious education in senior high schools in berekum municipality of              Ghana

Parallel session 6b

Symposium: The Role of Space and Time: A comparative exploration of Religion and Education: Searching for the renewal of religious education identity II

Jonathan Doney (University of Exeter,  United Kingdom)

Kristian Niemi (Karlstad University,  Sweden)

Martin Rothgangel, University of Vienna, Austria)

Nils H. Korsvoll (University of Agder,  Norway)

Inge Andersland (Western Norway   University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

Siebren Miedema (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)



Dinner with folk dance


9.00 – 10.30

Martin Ubani “Religious literacy, 21st century skills and the RE teacher: teacher education at the crossroads?”

Respondent: Olga Schihalejev


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break


11.00 – 12.30

Rob Freathy “The RE-searchers Approach: Exemplifying Big Ideas about the study of religion(s) and worldview(s)”

  Respondent: Knut Aukland


12:30 – 13:30



13:30 – 15:00

Parallel session 7a

1. Saila Kujanpää

Establishment of teacher education for IRE teachers in Finland

2. Kathrine Moen

Professional and personal values in the role as religious educators in kindergartens

3. Inge Andersland, Reidun Faye, Sigrun Lindaas Norhagen

Virtual tours of religious buildings in teacher training for RE

Parallel session 7b

1. Martin Owusu

Is my CRS teacher morally educated? Views of senior high school pupils in the Mfantseman municipality

2. Seth Asare-Danso

The use of creative pedagogies for teacher religious education:

Observations from a college of

education in Ghana’

3. Dag Øivind Østereng

I believe in video! Subtitle: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of NRK Skole and Elavkanalen

as educational resources


15:30 – 18:00


  1. Art as a powerful ideological tool – Art Nouveau, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga Film Museum
  2. Science as Religion – Latvian Academy of Sciences roof, The University of Latvia Academic center, National Library of Latvia



   Conference dinner in the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum Of Latvia (with short   tour)



10.30 – 12.00

Summing up




12.00 – 13.30




13.30 – 16.00


  1. Jewish tour – Žanis Lipke Memorial, Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
  2. Atheistic and traumatic past –Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, The Corner house (former headquarters of KGB), Riga Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral (former Planetarium)