Religious communities bear a unique heritage and set of values that are at most only partially shared by the general society surrounding them. A main vehicle to transmit this heritage from generation to generation is education, and thus many religious communities maintain a school system of their own. The institutional relations between the state and these religious systems vary from country to country. In some cases, the state fully support and finance these schools; in other cases, partial support is available, while in other places no support at all is granted. In any case, the interrelations between the state, other political authorities and the religious education institutions raise some important questions. What is the scope of autonomy that the state should grant to the religious community in matters of education and what is the measure of control that it should exercise? Should religious schools be obligated to include a core program that is shared by the entire education system? Should the state supervise the content of the schools' programs in order to encourage tolerance and prevent hate or fundamentalism? Should the state supervise admission policy to these schools, to ensure equality and free choice for all citizens?
These and similar questions will be discussed in an international conference that will be held in Bar-Ilan University on 7-8 June 2010, aimed at launching the Journal of Law, Religion & State, a new academic journal that will be devoted to study of the interaction between law, religion and state (for more information about the journal, see: www.law.biu.ac.il). The conference committee invites papers on these and cognate issues. Those interested in presenting a paper at the conference should send an abstract of 500 words to email@example.com no later than January 5, 2010. Please indicate academic affiliation and attach a short CV. The participants will be required to submit a first (full) draft of their papers 3 weeks before the conference. Successful applications will be notified during March 2010.
Selected papers will be published in the new journal.
Those interested in presenting a paper at the conference should send an abstract of 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 5, 2010. Email: email@example.com
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