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Conference 2013


CTN Conference Trondheim 2013

Children's voices

Theological, philosophical and spiritual perspectives

Child Theology Network (CTN)

The concept of Kindertheologie, emerging from the Philosophy for children, has originally been developed in the late 1990's. The Jahrbuch für Kindertheologie (JaBuKi), published by Calwer Verlag from 2002 onwards, proved to be an important channel for research and practice. In 2009 the existing informal network arranged its first international conference in RPI Loccum, extending the network to include experts from eleven European countries. The second international conference on ‘Powerful Learning Environments and Theologizing & Philosophizing with Children' was held at PThU Kampen in the Netherlands in 2011.


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The CTN Conference at Queen Maud's University College of Early Childhood Education in Trondheim Norway, April 8-11, 2013 will then be the third, thus forming a tradition of an international conference every second year.

Coordinating committee

The preparation for the conference in Trondheim is coordinated by a committee consisting of the following persons. Dr. Elisabet Haakedal, Professor of Religious Education at Agder University, Kristiansand, Norway. Dr. Friedhelm Kraft, Rektor Religionspädagogisches Institut Loccum, Germany. Dr. Katharina Kammeyer, Lecturer Religionspädagogik at Technische Universität, Dortmund, Germany. Dr. Elzbieta Osewska, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Catechetics at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Sturla Sagberg, Professor of Religious Education at Queen Maud University College, Trondheim, Norway.

The concepts of theology, philosophy and spirituality connected to children's expressions continue to challenge both the academic disciplines and the education of children. The concepts of the child, of childhood and of learning are changing in public education as well as in church life. This process varies across Europe.

Objectives CTN Conference Trondheim 2013

  1. It hopes to gather ideas, experiences and reflections from various contexts, while focusing on the relationship between the three approaches to children's interpretation of life.
  2. Participants are asked to share empirical studies as well as discussions of specific theological, philosophical or spiritual issues that affect the interplay between children and adults.
  3. There should be an emphasis on the possible significance children's voices could have on theology, as there is an extensive discussion going on concerning child theology as theology of, by, for or with the child.
  4. It would be important to expand our knowledge of child theology and philosophy in countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the Scandinavian countries.

Dr. Sturla Sagberg
Queen Maud University College
Thoning Owesens gt. 18
N-7044 Trondheim, Norway.