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Paganism in British Education - 18 July Conference

Saturday 18 July 2009
The Festival of the Edge
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire

The conference is about all aspects of paganism and how they are studied and taught in the UK and internationally, particularly but not exclusively in the British Isles. We invite academics, teachers and educators in the UK who are either known as practicing pagans, or who have an academic interest in paganism as a field of study, interpreted in the broadest sense of the term. Topics addressed could include the study and practice of :
  • Wicca, Druidry, Shamanism
  • Prehistoric religions, Classical Greek and Roman religions
  • Egyptian, Slavonic, Germanic, Norse and Anglo-Saxon religions, Amerindian religion,
  • African, Polynesian, Indian and Asian religions 
The conference aims to advance scholarship on paganism and to look at contributions of paganism to world culture. In a world where religion is too often a force for conflict, we are keen to understand the creative overlap between faith communities,  and to explore how pagan traditions often underlie the more recent revealed religions.

Teachers:  Teachers interested in paganism and in reviewing the status of paganism on the national curriculum and in the statutory provision for Religious Education are also welcome and invited to attend. The conference is open to all educators already working either within official education systems, or those working within other educational structures and projects outside the mainstream educational world.

Students and scholars from all departments and faculties of learning are welcome.

An article was published in the Pagan Federation Journal in 2007 concerning the work of PAN, which is reproduced below to give further information on the background to this conference. A day entrance ticket to the Festival also brings entry to the PAN Conference itself which runs from 1-4pm. The event is taking place at Stokes Barn, which is near to Much Wenlock, off the A458, Shrewsbury to Bridgnorth Road in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.    http://www.festivalattheedge.org  or further information on any aspect of the conference, or to offer a paper, please write to:    PAEN, Rhos Gallt, Llanerfyl, Powys, Wales, SY21 0ER. Tel. 01938 820586  Mobile : 07951 600959 email: iipsgp@educationaid.net