November 27, 2017: The Future Leadership Institute Media Lunch Followed By Oxford Seminar “Mediatising Religious Education”

Event: The Future Leadership Institute Media Lunch followed by Oxford Seminar “Mediatising religious education: BBC radio and television for children and schools, c.1920s-1970s”

Date: 27 november 2017

Venue: The Future Leadership Institute Lunch: to be disclosed to participants

Venue: Oxford University Seminar: Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6PY, Seminar Room G/H

Seminar topic: Mediatising religious education: BBC radio and television for children and schools, c.1920s-1970s

Lunch: 13:00 – 16:00
Oxford Seminar: 17:00 – 18:30

Participants: By invitation only

Speaker: Professor Stephen G Parker, University of Worcester

Convener: Dr Liam Gearon, Philosophy, Religion and Education Research Forum


Drawing upon research carried out as part of a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, this lecture provides a selective account of religious educational broadcasting at the BBC between the 1920s and the 1970s. Against the background social change, policy and curriculum developments, it examines the changing aims of broadcasters, the style, content and modes of delivery of programmes, and considers how religious education on radio and television in schools was listened to and viewed by teachers and children in the past. Amongst the larger questions to be considered will be how was the sacred depicted for children; what influences did religious educational broadcasting have upon curriculum RE, and teaching practises; to what extent did religious educational broadcasting prove a vehicle for mooted dechristianisation; and what might be said to be the successes and missed opportunities of religious educational broadcasting?

Stephen Parker is Professor of the History of Religion and Education at the University of Worcester. He has published widely on aspects of religious education in schools, and the history of religion in the twentieth century.

He is a leading contributor to developing international perspectives on the history of religious education. In addition, he has published research utilising social scientific methodologies, and on aspects of the philosophy of education and religion. Stephen is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Beliefs and Values: studies in religion and education.

The research funded by the Leverhulme Trust upon which this lecture is based, will be published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, and titled: Religious Education in British Broadcasting: a history.

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