Céline Benoit

Teaching Fellow/ Associate Dean International / Programme Director for BSc International Business and Modern Languages (IBML)

Celine Benoit International Business and Modern languages

I joined Aston University as a Teaching Fellow in 2010. Most of my teaching takes place in the Languages and Translation Studies section, where I lead and teach modules on Business and Economy (IBML modules), and on language skills. I also lead and teach a modules that is sociologically-focused (LU3001), and which reflects my research interests. My PhD, entitled Representing Religions in Schools: Locating the Self and the ‘Other’ explores the construction of religion and the representation of religious communities in primary education. I am the convenor for Socrel (BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group).

  • Ongoing – PhD in Sociology (Research in Religion and the English Education System), Aston University
  • Ongoing – M.Ed, Aston University
  • Awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDip), First Class Honours, Aston University
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education (PGCPP), First Class Honours, Aston University
  • M.A. Research in Religion and the Irish Education System, First Class Honours, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, France
  • B.A (Licence) in English and French as a Foreign Language, First Class Honours, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, France
  • LF1041 International Business Environment (France)

  • LF3041 International Business Environment (France)
  • LF1009/1010 French Intermediate
  • LF2100/2102 French Language Skills

  • LU3001 Representations of Minorities


  • Storytelling – An effective way to ‘communicate’ religion?, Socrel Annual Conference (BSA), Cardiff University, 08.07.2019

  • Understanding the place of Christianity in Primary Education, Faith in Research CofE annual conference, Birmingham, 19.06.2019

  • Constructing Borders and Boundaries in Religious Education Syllabi: A case against the World Religions Paradigm, BASR-ISASR Annual Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 05.09.2018

  • Exploring Childhood Paradigms: How to conduct ethical research in RE?, Socrel Annual Conference (BSA), University of Strathclyde, 12.07.2018

  • Religion(s) in Primary Education: Reproducing Essentialist Discourses?, BSA Annual Conference, Northumbria University, 12.04.2018

  • Church of England schools: divisive or serving the local community?, Researching the Church of England symposium, Aston University, 25.07.2017
  • Re-Imagining Religion: the Case of Birmingham, SocRel Response Day, London, 21.10.2016
  • When Policy Meets Practice: Rethinking Religion in Schools, Rountable Discussion, Socrel Annual Conference (BSA), Lancaster University, 13.07.2016
  • The Construction of Liberal Christian Discourses in Primary School Life, BSA Annual Conference, Aston University, 07.04.2016
  • Representing religions in schools: constructing Otherness and affiliating Christianity with Britishness, Race, Religion and Migration Conference, Newcastle University, 14.01.2016
  • The role of secular state schools in the promotion of a White Christian sense of Britishness, BSA Citizenship, Bournemouth University, 03.11.2015
  • The representation of religious communities in Religious Education syllabi: a comparison of the national guidelines and the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus, IPC conference, Aston University, 17.06.2014
  • Échange et communication : la religion à l’école primaire dans le comté des Midlands de l’Ouest, Exchanges(s) : concepts, stakes and dynamics, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, 18.11.2011
  • The Local and the global – Représentation de la diversité religieuse à l’école primaire en Angleterre : communautés locales et immigration internationale, 51e Congrès de la SAES, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, 20.05.2011
  • Nouveaux territoires de formation dans les écoles primaires en Angleterre : études de cas à Birmingham et Wolverhampton, Journée d’études sur les nouveaux territoires de l’éducation et des apprentissages, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, 15.11.2010
  • Pratiques religieuses dans les écoles primaires en Angleterre : l’évolution des pratiques religieuses au sein de la société anglaise, Religion et société au Royaume-Uni (XIXe-XXIe siècles), Université de Rennes 2, 08.10.2010
  • Les enseignants et les élèves en Irlande : nouveaux horizons?, À l`horizon – 50e Congrès de la SAES, Lille, 21.05.2010
  • Les écoles multiconfessionnelles en Irlande : de nouveaux territoires de formation, Journée d’études sur les nouveaux territoires de formation, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, 16.11.2009
  • Religion in Education in Ireland and in England, New Research Conference Paper, University of Wolverhampton, 01.07.2009
  • Socrel – the BSA Sociology of Religion study group (member and convenor)
  • The British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • The British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR)
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR)
  • Theology and Religious Studies, UK (TRS-UK)


Room: MB752 
Phone: 0121 204 3322
Email:  c.benoit@aston.ac.uk