Tracing Religious Education Across an Empire

2 June 2020


What role should religion have in public schools? Drawing on research undertaken at the State Library of NSW, this talk explores the many parallels between religious education policy in Canada, Australia and New Zealand from the late 19th through to the mid-20th century. 

Dr Stephen Jackson is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Sioux Falls. His research focuses on religion, education, and settler colonialism in the 20th century. His book, Constructing National Identity in Canadian and Australian Schools: The Crown of Education, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. As the  2019 Australian Religious History Fellow at the State Library of NSW, Dr Jackson explored the development of religious education across Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in the 19th and 20th centuries, a project which will appear in a forthcoming issue of Brill Research Perspectives on Religion and Education.