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Education and the Life Course

History of Education Society (UK) Conference

Hosted by the International Centre for Historical Research in Education, UCL Institute of Education

University College London

8th – 10th November 2019


The history of education, long studied in terms of its relationship to wider social changes, is increasingly seen in the context of life cycles, stages and the life course. Recent years have seen a growing interest in the histories of ageing and of childhood with conferences and new journals to explore these themes. Meanwhile, the history of youth and youth movements, and of particular groups of learners ranging from university students to adult writers, have all flourished. Historians have also been interested in teachers’ careers and in the ‘life story’ approach to historical research. Although ‘lifelong learning’ is often associated specifically with the education of adults, this conference invites submissions on the history of education in its relationship with any aspect of the life course.

A provisional programme with full timing and information of keynotes can be seen here. Special features of the conference include:

Keynote speakers

  • John Holford (Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham) 
  • Sumita Mukherjee (Senior Lecturer in History, University of Bristol)
  • William J. Reese (Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Stephanie Spencer (Professor of the History of Women’s Education, University of Winchester, and President of the History of Education Society UK – presidential address)

Roundtable: New Developments in Academic Publishing, featuring:

  • Professor Margot Finn (Professor of History and President of the Royal Historical Society)
  • Pat Gordon-Smith (Commissioning Editor, UCL Press)
  • Hannah McClusky (Managing Editor, Education Journals, Taylor and Francis)
  • Chaired by Dr Mark Freeman (UCL)

Historical walking tour: ‘The World of UCL’ – led by Dr Georgina Brewis

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