17 Feb 2023
First RUPRE Podcast published on Spotify: Interview with Prof. Claudia Gärtner on Education for Sustainable Development
The Interview is also available as Video Podcast on the RUPRE YouTube Channel
1 Sept 2022
Kick-off for the VHB Project (Virtual University of Bavaria) "Education for Sustainable Development - theological and spiritual perspectives". An online course will be developed by RUPRE and a consortium of three other universities (Augsburg, Bamberg and Passau), sponsored by the VHB. Project staff member: Corinna Ullmann
9 June 2022
RUPRE is now one of the organizing institutions of Relilab (regional group Bavaria), a digital network for promoting exchange and training of teachers of Religious Education as well as university students of RE teacher education.
31 March / 6 April 2022
International Online Research Exchange Days "Digitality and Normativity in Informal and Formal Learning Contexts"
Symposium by the FAU research group "Digitality and Normativity in Informal and Formal Learning Contexts" (DigiNorm:iL), coordinator: Professor Manfred L. Pirner
Program of Research Exchange Day 1 (31 March 2022) - Videos on our YouTube Channel
Program of Research Exchange Day 2 (6 April 2022) - Videos on our Youtube Channel
Two new book publications
Pirner, M. L., unter Mitarbeit von D. Kertes & M. Penthin (2022). Wie Religionslehrkräfte ticken. Eine empirisch-quantitative Studie [empirical study on Religious Education teachers]. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. Mit Beiträgen von Hans-Günter Heimbrock, Christhard Lück & Martin Rothgangel, Uta Pohl-Patalong, Ulrich Riegel, Peter Schreiner und Friedrich Schweitzer. More infosGreen, J.-P., Pirner, M. L., & Büngener, J. (Hrsg.). (2022). Religionsunterricht bilingual. Didaktische Perspektiven und Anregungen für die Praxis. Erlangen: FAU University Press [Content and language integrated learning in Religious Education]. 324 Seiten. Open access online: https://doi.org/10.25593/978-3-96147-484-4
Book publication "Menschenrechte von Kindern und Jugendlichen im Kontext Schule" (Human Rights of Children and Youth in the Context of Schools) launched
Two new journal articles from the DFG Research Project "Religious and professional beliefs of school teachers" (RebeL) published
Completion of the research project "Evaluation of the musical education project Panorama" (EvaPAN) started (Funding by Christliches Jugenddorfwerk in Deutschland, CJD)
Final report submitted. Project leaders: Professor Michaela Gläser-Zikuda, Professor Wolfgang Pfeiffer and Professor Manfred L. Pirner; researcher: Melike Ömerogullari
Kick-off of the development project "Digital House of Learning on Jewish Life" (Funding by the Protestant-Lutheran Church in Bavaria and other institutions)
Project leaders: Dr. Werner Haußmann in co-operation with Dr. Martina Switalski (FAU, Didactics of History), and Dr. Axel Töllner (Augustana-Hochschule Neuendettelsau)
6 October 2021
Public Lecture by Professor Manfred L. Pirner on "The Concept of Education in Christianity" in the context of the conference series "Key Concepts in Interreligious Discourses (KCID)" conducted by the Bavarian Research Center on Interreligious Discourses
Video online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGBDofriOlg
1 October 2021
Kick-off of the DFG-funded research project "Religion as resource and risk. An empirical longitudinal study on the
significance of religiosity for the coping with life and the integration of young refugees" (ReReRi-L)
For more information see: https://www.rereri.phil.fau.de/
Proposal submitted for a DFG-funded Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) titled "Digitality and Normativity in Informal and Formal Learning Contexts" (DigiNorm:iL)
Designated speaker: Professor Manfred L. Pirner; 13 co-operating scholars from the FAU
19 May 2021
Public Lecture by Professor Manfred L. Pirner on "Interreligious Discourses from a Protestant Perspective" in the context of the Bavarian Research Center on Interreligious Discourses
Video online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnE0R9I8QUc
Funding of the three-year research project "Religion as resource and risk. An empirical longitudinal study on the
significance of religiosity for the coping with life and the integration of young refugees" (ReReRi-L), together with Professor Ulrich Riegel (Univ. of Siegen), granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (500.000 €).
Research project "Religiosity and Digitality in informal and formal Learning Contexts (ReDiL). Empirical Studies on Correlations Between Youths' Religious Beliefs and their Ethical Attitude as well as their Practice Concerning Digital Media" started (self-financed)
This project consists of two sub-projects that address a) the quantitative exploration of media use, media ethical attitudes and religiosity of Christian-oriented youths (Niklas Meltzer), and b) quantitative as well as qualitative studies on Christian social media influencers in the U.S. in comparison to German influencers (Katharina Engel)
Research project "The Rights of the Child and the School Subject of Religious Education. Design Based Research on Integrating Child Rights Perspectives into RE and RE Teacher Education" (KiReli) started. (Funding with two doctoral scholarships by the Protestant-Lutheran Church in Bavaria)
The project consists of three sub-projects that address a) children's rights in RE in primary schools (Augustine Meier), b) children'rights in RE teacher education (Franziska Trefzer), and c) the rights of non-religious students in RE in secondary school (Verena Bedruna).
3 & 4 October 2019
Conference "The Human Rights of Children in the Context of Public Schools. A Symposium on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child"
initiated and conducted by Professor Manfred Pirner and the RUPRE team in the name of the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) and the Centre for School Development and Evaluation (KSE) in collaboration with the German School Academy and German School Award, the Office for Human Rights of the City of Nürnberg and the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD)
Link to the conference website with documentary material
1 October 2019
Research project "Evaluation of the musical education project Panorama" (EvaPAN) started (Funding by Christliches Jugenddorfwerk in Deutschland, CJD)
Project leaders: Professor Michaela Gläser-Zikuda, Professor Wolfgang Pfeiffer and Professor Manfred L. Pirner; researcher: Melike Ömerogullari
Further Book on Public Theology published
Pirner, M. L., Lähnemann, J., Haussmann, W., & Schwarz, S. (Eds.) (2019). Public Theology Perspectives on Religion and Education. London & New York: Routledge.
29 July to 3 August 2018
RUPRE hosts the XXI conference of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV)
About 160 scholars from all over the world, from different denominations and religions as well as from different academic disciplines.
LINK to basic information on ISREV
Book on Public Theology published
Pirner, M. L., Lähnemann, J., Haussmann, W., & Schwarz, S. (Eds.) (2018). Public Theology, Religious Diversity and Interreligious Learning: Contributing to the Common Good through Religious Education. New York: Routledge.
8 Juni 2018
Expert discussion on two major empirical studies about the school subject of Religious Education in Bavaria
Experts from various academic disciplines are invited to Nuremberg to discuss two recent empirical studies: 1) A representative opinion poll on people's attitude towards Religious Education, conducted by the poll agency EMNID (for results of the study klick here); 2) a representative quantitative study among teachers of Protestant RE at Bavarian schools, conducted by RUPRE (for results of the study klick here). The event is conducted by RUPRE in cooperation with the Protestant-Lutheran Church of Bavaria.
3 June 2018
Funding of the three-year research project "Religious and professional beliefs of school teachers" (RebeL), together with Professor Stephan Kröner (FAU) and Professor Annette Scheunpflug (Univ. of Bamberg), granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (270.000 €).
Publication of a representative opinion poll on the acceptance of the school subject Religious Education conducted in Bavaria.
Suggested and co-designed by Professor Pirner, the Protestant-Lutheran Church of Bavaria had commissioned the renowned poll agency ENMID with the study. The poll shows that 65 % of the Bavarian population are in favour of RE as an ordinary school subject at all public schools, only 25 % reject it. Most of those who are sceptical of RE indicated to be less or not religious.
Download report of the results
19 December 2017
Funding granted by the Staedtler Foundation, Erlangen, for the three-year project "Religion as Resource and Risk (ReReRi). Empirical Studies on the Religiosity of Young Refugees" (40,000€) > link
29 October 2017
Special Issue of the International Journal of Public Theology published, guest-edited by Manfred L. Pirner: "Public Theology - Religon(s) - Education" > link
Refers to project "Public theology - religion(s) - education" > link
20 July 2017
Horizon 2020 proposal "Integrating migranTs tHrough Access to higher eduCationAl institutions" (ITHACA) rejected by EU commission
The project had been designed to analyze and promote the access of migrants, in particular of refugees, to universities and other higher education institutions. it involved 12 European countries and Israel; RUPRE was part of the application for Germany. Principal Investigator: Professor Hanan Alexander of the Unversity of Haifa, Israel.
11 March 2017
Docu-Film "Public Theology - Contributions of Religions to the Common Good" released and published on Youtube > link
German Version "Öffentliche Theologie - Was Religionen zum Gemeinwohl beitragen können" > link
13 December 2016
Presentation of major results from the study "Religious educators in Bavaria. A representative survey on Protestant Religious Education at mainstream schools" before the Council of Leaders of the Evangelical Church of Bavaria
Download Power Point Presentation
14 October 2016
Funding granted by the Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, for the three-year project "Consolidation of 'Perception and Value Centered School Evaluation' (WWSE) (120,000 € ) - in the context of our Competence Centre for School Development and Evaluation (KSE)
5 October 2016