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Histories of education and learning: contributions to theory and practice in the humanities and social sciences

Free two-day summer conference

27-28 June 2018, Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street

About the conference

History of education has long drawn upon different disciplinary backgrounds, particularly from the humanities and social sciences. Within universities, it is commonly located in both history and education departments while many social scientists also pursue historical work on education and learning. Since the 1960s there have been on-going debates on the nature of education studies in relation to other disciplines, particularly history, philosophy, sociology and psychology although many others have been added such as economics and geography.

This is a topic which continues to attract considerable interest. History of education has also been enriched by the analysis of new sources and the deployment of a wider range of methodological approaches. In addition, historical research which starts from practical concerns, including policy, tends to be interdisciplinary in nature. The growing interest in archives and museums relating to the history of learning in the broadest sense testifies to this interest. These debates are also being considerably widened by the internationalisation of research interests as well as a growing interest in history of education in countries such as China and Brazil where disciplinary boundaries may be drawn differently.

We are pleased to announce keynotes will be given by Michele Cohen, Gary McCulloch, Paul Standish and Judith Suissa.

Download the provisional programme here

More information


Each summer ICHRE organises a conference to share and discuss research in the history of education, broadly defined, with colleagues within and outside UCL.  The conference is free to attend but advance registration will be required (details TBC).

Refreshments will be provided but participants will need to make arrangements for their own lunch each day. There are a number of catering outlets on the UCL campus near to the venue.

This year we are partnering with UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies which was set up in 2015 as a research-based community of scholars comprising colleagues and doctoral students from across UCL as well as visiting fellows and research collaborators/interlocutors from the UK and internationally. It is based at the heart of UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus in a suite of rooms in the Wilkins Building South Wing.





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