This research project is based on the concept M. Rothgangel and B. Schröder present in their volume: Protestant Religious Education in the Provinces of the German Federal Republic, Leipzig 2009, in which they analyze and present the organizational structure of religious education in all 16 German provinces on the basis of ten fundamental questions.

Six volumes containing the results of the research will be released in the book series: “Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft” (Viennese Forum of Theology and Religion) published by the Protestant and Catholic theological departments of the University of Vienna (Vienna University Press by V&R). The editors thereof are Martin Jäggle and Martin Rothgangel.

The following thirteen topics are foundational for all six volumes:

  1. Socio-religious background (of the country, especially in relation to important changes, resulting from migration, for example)
  2. Legal Frameworks of RE and the relationship between religious communities and the state
  3. Developments in the country’s education policies
  4. Role of religiously sponsored schools, including any changes and developments, legal relationships
  5. Conceptions and tasks of RE
  6. Practice/reality of RE in different schools
  7. Observations on alternative subjects/learning areas like ethics, philosophy etc.
  8. Dealing with religious diversity
  9. Religion in schools outside of RE
  10. Training of teachers of RE: institutes, structures, priorities issues
  11. Empirical research concerning RE
  12. Desiderata and challenges for RE in a European context
  13. Further information (e.g., relevant literature on RE, institutions, websites)

The six volumes are based on the following distribution of countries:

Volume 1 – Central Europe

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland

Volume 3 – Northern Europe

Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Iceland (Faroe Islands), Norway, Sweden

Volume 5 – Southeast Europe

Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey

Volume 2 – Western Europe

Belgium, France, United Kingdom (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales), Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands

Volume 4 – Eastern Europe

Armenia, Azerbajan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus

Volume 6 – Southern Europe

Andorra, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, Spain