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Thematic Focus

You are welcome to submit an abstract for a single paper, poster presentation, or symposium. We appreciate it if one of the following topics is addressed:

  • The educational relevance of religious and ideological traditions for the development of perspectives on the pressing crises of our time.
  • The organisation of learning in, from, or about religions and worldviews at school (composition of the learning group, dominant perspective) and what impact this has on issues of social cohesion.
  • The knowledge and skills related to religion and worldviews that students need today in the face of increasing societal polarisation and fragmentation.
  • The design and effectiveness of learning processes to achieve relevant knowledge and skills.
  • The challenges for the professionalisation of teachers.
  • The influence of other socialisation contexts such as family, religious communities, etc. on students' learning requirements.


Papers not strictly related to the main theme are welcome as well and will be included where possible.

Types of presentation

You can choose between the following three types of presentation:

  • Single Paper: Single paper sessions are scheduled for 75 to 90 minutes and consist of two thematically clustered papers. Each presenter is offered 20 minutes to present their paper, followed by 15 to 25 minutes of discussion facilitated by the chair.
  • Poster Presentation: Poster sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes and consist of 4-6 thematically clustered posters. A poster session offers researchers the chance to present their work in a visual format, accompanied by an oral presentation, with opportunities for discussion.  A short oral presentation of about 5 minutes for each poster is given. After the authors’ brief presentation, an in-depth discussion between them and the audience follows.
  • Symposium: Symposia provide an opportunity to present research on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, compiling a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposia are scheduled for 90 minutes and consist of two to three presentations (total of 45 minutes) followed by 45 minutes of discussion facilitated by discussant.


Abstract submission starts in mid-November and ends on 1 April.

You must submit your abstract (100-300 words) and an extended summary (500-1,000 words) through the EARLI conference system. To get there, please click on this link and follow these steps:

  1. Log in with your account. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one first (EARLI membership is not required to create an account).
  2. On your user dashboard, scroll down until you see "My Submissions" on the left side. Click on the green box "New Submission".
  3. Select the SIG19 conference from the list and click on the green box "New Submission" again.
  4. Follow the further instructions on the website.

Please note that at least one of the presenters must also register for the conference in order for a paper, poster, or symposium to be accepted.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).