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Terror, religion, nation: a genealogy of the secular principle in Australian schooling

24 September 2015

A School and Teacher Education Policy research network presentation with Dr Remy Low (top) and Professor Geoffrey Sherington.

Religious schooling and debate about its merits have shown sustained growth in Australia since the mid 1990s. The debate has been framed by broader questions such as the ‘new visibility of religion,’ in our ostensibly secular-liberal nation. The spectacle of terrorist acts attributed to religious zealotry is a powerful influence on the discussion. The conjunction of the geopolitical climate and the local debate came to a head in the 2007–09 protests against a proposed Islamic school in the Sydney suburb of Camden and – in social-policy terms – triggered a renewed emphasis on the importance of the secular principle in schooling. In this presentation, Dr Low will argue that the notion of ‘the secular’ is not a principle per se. Instead, it is a strategic term deployed within particular political contexts. He will approach this through a genealogy of how religious and secular schooling have come to be understood in NSW.

Event details

  • When: 3–4.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Helen Proctor.

  • Contact: Dr Helen Proctor
    T: +61 9036 5401
    E: helen.proctor@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Sydney School of Education and Social Work, School and Teacher Education Policy research network (STEPRN)

  • Presenter: Remy Low is facilitating this seminar. He a scholarly teaching fellow in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. He completed his PhD in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney in 2013 on the interaction between economic, cultural and educational policies in the debate over religious schooling in Australia. Remy is interested in issues of identity and diversity in education.

  • Discussant: Geoffrey Sherington is the discussant for this presentation. He has been an academic staff member of the University of Sydney for more than 25 years and was appointed to a personal chair in the history of education in 1997. Professor Sherington is the author and co-author of more than 15 books and numerous articles about the history of education, education policy, youth studies and immigration history. His current interests include the fate of comprehensive public high schools and the history of universities as public institutions.


Terror, religion, nation: a genealogy of the secular principle in Australian schooling

Where Room 612, Education Building A35

When

24 September 2015


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