Presented in association with Australian ECSI Professional Learning Consortium.
Online conference options will be offered should COVID restrictions resume and funds partially reimbursed.
Recontextualisation is described within the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project (ECSI) as an approach to teaching and learning that “seeks to invite culture and Christianity into the dialogical process of (re)interpreting Christian faith for a contemporary context while preserving its recognizable, credible and meaningful expressions as found in Catholic tradition” (Pollefeyt and Richards, 2020). The process for recontextualisation is not one which follows a blueprint. So much depends on the passion and skill of leaders, teachers and students to engage in the dynamic process that draws upon and at the same time builds and renews the faith tradition in dialogue with the context.
This conference sponsored by CTC offers an opportunity to showcase new learning and ongoing research into recontextualising pedagogies exploring 4 areas of focus: Leadership in the ECSI space; Students as agents of recontextualisation; Teacher professional learning in religious education; Teacher recontextualising practices.
Both days have been approved by MACS for:
- Gaining/Maintaining Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School
- Maintaining Accreditation to Teach Religious Education or Lead in a Catholic School
The conference proudly presents the following Keynote speakers:
- Dr Robyn Horner (Associate Professor Religion and Theology, Australian Catholic University)
Robyn Horner is a teaching and research academic with extensive experience in academic leadership. She is Associate Professor of religion and theology at Australian Catholic University. Her research focuses on the intersections of continental philosophy with theology, especially through the use of hermeneutic phenomenology, together with a variety of post-structuralist tools of critique. She is currently completing a monograph on revelation, and an edited book on the relationship between atheism and experience. Robyn Horner teaches and supervises in the area of enhancing Catholic identity, post-structuralism and French phenomenology, and theological recontextualisation.
- Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen (Fourth bishop of the Parramatta Diocese)
Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD STL. Bishop Vincent Long was born in 1961 in Dong Nai in Vietnam. Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, his family has been dispersed: his mother, a brother and a sister are in Melbourne, three brothers are in Holland, a sister remains in Vietnam, and Bishop Vincent is now in Parramatta. In 1984, he became a professed Conventual Franciscan friar (OFM Conv) and studied for the priesthood in Melbourne. After his priestly ordination on 30 December in 1989, he was sent to Rome for further studies and was awarded a licentiate in Christology and Spirituality from the Pontifical Faculty of St Bonaventure. He served as an assistant and then parish priest for seven years in Kellyville within the Diocese of Parramatta and for seven years in Springvale in Victoria before being elected Superior of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals in Australia in 2005. He served as Assistant General in Rome from 2008 until 2011, responsible for the Asia-Oceania section of his Order. In 2011, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in which role he served for nearly five years. Bishop Vincent is the first Vietnamese born bishop to lead a diocese outside of Vietnam and the first Vietnamese born bishop in Australia. During that period, he was Episcopal Vicar for Justice and Peace and for Social Services and was Chair of the Catholic Education Commission (Victoria). Nationally, Bishop Vincent is the Chair, Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service. On 5 May 2016, he was appointed the fourth Bishop of Parramatta in succession to Bishop Anthony Fisher OP following his appointment as Archbishop of Sydney in 2014. On 16 June 2016, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv was installed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
- Dr Annemie Dillen (Professor in Pastoral and Empirical Theology, Katolieke Universiteit Leuven)
Annemie Dillen (Lier, 1978) is Professor in Pastoral and Empirical Theology at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. Her research focuses on theology regarding families and children, domestic violence, religious education in families, empirical theology, and fundamental practical theological reflections. In addition to articles in journals and edited volumes, she has published a number of books (as author and editor), such as: Dillen, A. & S. Gärtner, Discovering Practical Theology: Exploring Boundaries, Leuven, Peeters, 2020; and many other books in Dutch, including a comprehensive overview of the ethical perspectives of the work of Ivan Nagy and other writings which focus on theology and ethics from the perspectives of children and the family. Annemie Dillen was also the editor of a number of English volumes: Dillen, A. & A. Vandenhoeck (ed.), Prophetic Witness in World Christianities. Rethinking Pastoral Care and Counseling (International Practical Theology, 13), Münster, Lit-verlag, 2011; Dillen, A. & D. Pollefeyt (ed.), Children’s Voices. Children’s Perspectives in Ethics, Theology and Religious Education (betl), Leuven, Peeters, 2010; Dillen, A. (ed.), When ‘Love’ Strikes. Social Sciences, Ethics and Theology on Family Violence, Leuven, Peeters, 2009. Her latest work is: Dillen, A. & A.Casteel, “Crossing Borders, Changing Faith” in Religion, Migration and Existential Wellbeing, London, Routledge, 2021. Annemie Dillen will be conducting the After Dinner Address via ZOOM on Day 1: “Theologising with children: multiple faces of student’s agency”
|8.30am||Registration: Tea/Coffee on arrival|
|9.15am||Keynote: Dr Robyn Horner|
|10.00am||Questions and Response|
|11.00am||Workshops Round 1|
|1.15pm||Panel Discussion with Recontextualising Pedagogies Research Team|
|2.15pm||Workshops Round 2|
|3.45pm||Workshops Round 3|
|4.30pm||Close Day 1 Seminar|
|6.00pm||Dinner featuring Dr Annemie Dillon|
|8.30am||Tea/Coffee on arrival|
|9.15am||Keynote: Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen|
|10.00am||Questions and Response|
|11.00am||Workshops Round 1|
|1.15pm||Workshops Round 2|
|3.15pm||Close Day 2 Seminar|
- Leading in the ECSI Space
eg Leading for a shift from Christian Values Education to Recontextualisation; System leadership for learning in ECSI; Teacher leadership in RE pedagogy; Systems designing curriculum for recontextualisation
- Student Agency and Recontextualisation
eg Students as active agents of recontextualisation; Students as Dialogue Partners
- Teacher professional learning
eg Engaging in professional dialogue as encounter; Teacher as Witness, Moderator, Specialist; Formation for Recontextualisation
- Teacher practice for recontextualisation
eg A recontextualising classroom; Catholic Identity and student questions; Ways of being in a recontextualising dialogue classroom; Fostering inquiry in RE.
Workshops are encouraged to reflect and model recontextualising approaches and practices. (Bold and highlight)
Expressions of interest close 30 July 2021. Successful presenters will be notified by 30 August