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Merit and Education

Merit and Education: ICHRE termly symposium

17 December 2018, 11am to 7pm

Co-organised with the History of Education and Sociology of Education Research Group, Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden

UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way (Room 537)

The event is free to attend but you must register in advance, as places are limited, here.



10.30 am onwards – arrival and registration

11.00 am: session 1

Clementine Beauvais (University of York), ‘“Hidden resources of intelligence”: Gifted children, merit, and the Californian imaginary, 1910s-1930s’

Petter Sandgren (Stockholm University), ‘The English public schools and the idea of merit: A longue durée perspective’

12.30 pm: lunch (not provided)

1.30 pm: session 2

Tomas Wedin (Gothenberg University), ‘Reflections on education as a politico-temporal problem, with Sweden as an exemplar’

Aline Courtois (University of Bath) ‘The construction of merit and excellence in the Irish private school system’

Gary McCulloch (UCL Institute of Education), ‘Eric James and merit revisited’

3.30pm: tea and coffee

4.00 pm: session 3

Daniel Lövheim and Joakim Landahl (both Stockholm University), ‘Meritocracy as a concept – reception and usage in Swedish educational debate 1958-1969’

Jo Littler (City, University of London), ‘Meritocracy and entrepreneurialism’


5.30 pm: Book celebration and drinks reception

This reception will mark the launch of books published by members of the International Centre for Historical Research in Education during 2018

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