Dr Sean Henry

Education

Assistant lecturer

Biography

I have worked on a contract basis as Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the Department of Education, Maynooth University, since September 2019. My teaching interests span philosophy of education, sociology of education, and inclusive education. My research is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together fields as diverse as philosophy of education, religious education, sex education, queer and feminist theories, and queer theologies/religious studies. I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education at the Department in 2019. My dissertation was entitled 'Queering Religious Schooling: Teachings, Values, Rituals'. 

Research Interests

I am interested in questions of religion, sexuality, and identity, and how these might relate productively with one another in the context of education. I am also interested in questions of pedagogy, values, and discomfort in educational spaces. 

Publications  

Peer-reviewed journal articles
 

Henry, S. (2020), ‘“Bringing to Presence that which is Other”: Religious Discourses, Public Pedagogy, and the University Classroom’, Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education, 2:3, pp. 11-29.
 

Henry, S. (2020), ‘Religion, queerness, and education: Strategies for bridge-building in antagonistic times’, Philosophy of Education, 76:2, pp. 194-210.
 

Henry, S. (2018), ‘Education, queer theology, and spiritual development: disrupting heteronormativity for inclusion in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith schools’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 23:1, pp. 3-16.
 

Henry, S. (In press) ‘Why? And how? Translating queer theologies for sex education’, Sex Education.
 

Book chapters
 

Henry, S. (In press), ‘The queerness of education: Rethinking Catholic schooling beyond identity’, Irish and British Reflections on Catholic Education: Foundations, Identity, Leadership Issues and Religious Education in Catholic Schools, ed. Sean Whittle (Springer 2021).
 

Other modes of dissemination


Henry, S. (2020), ‘Reflections on ... Coming out (or bearing witness?) as a teacher’, Blog: Museum of Childhood Ireland. Available at: https://museumofchildhood.ie/reflections-on/reflections-on-coming-out-or-bearing-witness-as-a-teache...

Henry, S. (2018), ‘The school as a site of queerness’, PESGB Annual Newsletter, pp. 35-39.  

Henry, S. (2017) ‘The ‘faith’ school at the nexus between the horizontal and the vertical’, Blog: Faith Schooling - Principles and Policies Project, University of Warwick. Available at: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/faithschooling/entry/the_faith_school/  

Public lectures
 

4 November 2020: ‘Why? And how? Queering schooling for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim education’, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. 
 

2 March 2019: ‘Ethos and equality: Responding to LGBTQ students in Church of Ireland schools’, Church of Ireland Primary School Management Association, Tenth Annual Conference, Church of Ireland Centre, Dublin City University.  
 

7-9 February 2019: ‘Ethos and equality: Responding to LGBTQ students in Catholic schools’, Le Chéile Catholic Schools Trust, Tenth Annual Conference, Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.  

Conference papers  

5 September 2020: ‘Queering pedagogy: Moving beyond victimhood and representation in educating for social justice’, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin City University.  

5-8 March 2020: ‘Religion, queerness, and education: Strategies for bridge-building in antagonistic times’, Philosophy of Education Society Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
 

17-18 October 2019: ‘The queerness of education: Rethinking Catholic schooling beyond identity’, Network for Researchers in Catholic Education, Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education, Dublin City University.  

30 April 2019: ‘Rethinking religious schooling: Radical conservatism and queer Muslim hermeneutics’, Maynooth University SexGen Symposium, Maynooth University.  

10-12 July 2018: ‘Queering the faith school: Responding educationally to heteronormativity’, SocRel Annual Conference, BSA, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.  

23-25 March 2018: ‘Education, queer theology, and spiritual development: Disrupting heteronormativity for inclusion in faith schools’, PESGB Annual Conference, New College, Oxford.  

21 February 2018: ‘Queer temporalities and the faith school’, Postgraduate Conference in Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship, University of Limerick.  

27 May 2017: ‘The Catholic Church and Education in Ireland: Queering the Relationship’, Doctoral Students’ Annual Conference, University College Dublin.  

16-20 March 2017: ‘Queering 'progressive' responses to heteronormativity in Irish schools’, Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza, Seattle, WA.  

 6 September 2016: ‘Towards a Responsible Religious Education for Young LGBTI People in Ireland’, PhD Symposium: At the Forefront of Contemporary Research with Children and Young People in Ireland, Children's Research Network, Maynooth University.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Religion, queerness, and education: Strategies for bridge-building in antagonistic times'
Henry, Seán (2020) 'Religion, queerness, and education: Strategies for bridge-building in antagonistic times'. Philosophy of Education Yearbook, 76 (2):194-210 [Details]
2020 'Why? And how? Translating queer theologies of sex education'
Henry, Seán (2020) 'Why? And how? Translating queer theologies of sex education'. Sex Education, [Details]
2018 'Education, queer theology, and spiritual development: disrupting heteronormativity for inclusion in Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith schools'
Henry S. (2018) 'Education, queer theology, and spiritual development: disrupting heteronormativity for inclusion in Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith schools'. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 23 (1):3-16 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Bringing to Presence that which is Other”: Religious Discourses, Public Pedagogy, and the University Classroom’'
Henry, Seán (2020) 'Bringing to Presence that which is Other”: Religious Discourses, Public Pedagogy, and the University Classroom’' Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education, 2 (3) :11-29. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'The Queerness of Education: Rethinking Catholic Schooling Beyond Identity'
Henry, Seán (2021) 'The Queerness of Education: Rethinking Catholic Schooling Beyond Identity' In: Irish and British Reflections on Catholic Education. Singapore: Springer. [Details]