In 2014 the conference is a joint venture between students in Religious Studies and Education. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Concentration in Jewish Studies and Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, with the support of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the President’s Initiative for Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence at Stanford.
Religion is a thing both taught and learned. Over the last century, as the study of religious people and religious discourse has diversified into new disciplines and fields, the very matter of religious knowledge has been transformed, along with the habits of teaching and learning that accompany religious faiths. While these changes receive due attention in the distinct scholarly disciplines of both religion and education, these subjects are rarely studied in tandem, drawing on the resources of scholars in each field to effectively illuminate the work of the other. This conference will not simply be a series of paper presentations and responses, but will also attempt to cultivate alternative modes of academic engagement–particularly public-facing discourse. In addition to seminar-style discussions, conference attendees will participate in workshops with veterans in the field about research, teaching, and their efforts to perform public roles.