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HES 2019 – Education and the Life Course

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 History of Education Society (UK) conference will be hosted by UCL’s International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE).

Call for Papers

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.

We welcome papers on all periods of the history of education and from and about anywhere in the world. Possible themes include:

  • Education and childhood 
  • The effects of schooling on later life 
  • Youth and youth movements 
  • Students and higher education 
  • Adult education and learning 
  • Education for parenthood 
  • Education and workplaces 
  • Ageing and education 
  • Education and life stories/biographical approaches

The keynote speakers will be:

  • 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)

Please submit abstracts to the programme co-ordinator, Gary McCulloch, by 31 May 2019 at g.mcculloch@ucl.ac.uk. Please include your title and institutional affiliation, if any. All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the fee. Applicants will be notified by 30 June 2019.

A separate call has been issued for the postgraduate panel, with a number of bursaries to attend. See the call here.

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