Social History Society Conference and Selina Todd Lecture, 4-6 April 2017
We were delighted to host the Social History Society‘s 2017 conference in April 2017. The annual Social History Society Conference is the largest gathering of social and cultural historians in the UK. Over the last four decades, its members have transformed historical research, inspired challenging work and explored the many ways in which our social worlds are made, imagined, shared and shattered.
The conference featured a free public lecture by Professor Selina Todd ‘The Myths of Social Mobility in 20th-century Britain’ which was filmed and is now available to watch here.
We awarded three Richard Aldrich Bursaries for attendance at the Social History Society conference:
Hong Jiang, PhD Student, University of Cambridge
Rhiannon Pickin, PhD Student, Leeds Beckett University
Catherine Sloan, PhD Student, University of Oxford
ICHRE Summer Conference (7 July 2016)
Our summer conference is an informal annual event that brings together academics, students and library and archives colleagues with an interest in the history of education broadly defined. The day involved presentations of research, works in progress and featured a roundtable on teaching the history of education. See the full programme with abstracts here.
Delegation from Hunan First Normal University (3 December 2015)
On 3 December 2015, The UCL Institute of Education welcomed a delegation from Hunan First Normal University (HFNU). We were delighted to meet with the delegation to discuss future plans and collaboration.
We were happy to host the History of Education Society Annual Postgraduate Event ‘All The Other Educational Places’. This event explored education outside of ‘school’ as it is conventionally defined. Keynote speakers John Field and Stephanie Spencer, together with papers by postgraduate students: Emily Charkin, (UCL/IoE), Laura Newman (King’s College, London) and Jane Shephard (University of Brighton).
New Horizons in the History of Education (4 June 2015)
Our annual conference brought together established historians of education alongside newer researchers exploring novel themes and issues, including contributions on transnationalism, informal learning, youth culture, music education and school histories.
Recording the Voluntary Sector (5 June 2015)
Recording the Voluntary Sector at The British Academy was a free knowledge exchange event aimed at representatives of voluntary organisations. It included speakers from The National Archives, The British Library, Heritage Lottery Fund, NCVO, Royal Voluntary Service, Blind Veterans UK, Community Archives and Heritage Group, Loughborough University and King’s College London.
Brian Simon Centenary Conference (26 March 2015)
We held a special centenary event to celebrate the life, work and legacy of Professor Brian Simon (1915-2002), who was born exactly one hundred years ago. It was hosted in association with the History of Education Society and the journal Forum and provided an opportunity to discuss and reflect on Brian’s contributions in a wide range of areas including teaching, learning, education policy, comprehensive education, the National Union of Students and the history of education.
This section provides links to images and documents produced for the conference:
Slides showing images of Brian Simon
Slides from a presentation by Gary McCulloch, ‘Why no pedagogy in England? The case of Brian Simon’
Photos from the conference
Education, War and Peace, ISCHE 2014 (23-26 July 2014)
The 36th International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) was held at the Institute of Education on the theme of ‘Education, War and Peace’. ISCHE was founded in 1978 to promote both international scholarship and co-operation in the field of history of education. We welcomed over 600 delegates to ISCHE 2014 including around 150 postgraduate students. Conference highlights included a private view of the new First World War galleries at the Imperial War Museum, a special exhibition of materials from the IOE archives, a series of early-morning Bloomsbury walking tours, dinner at the Russell Hotel, live music, a boat cruise on the River Thames and special sessions for postgraduate students and early career researchers.
The conference aimed to address relationships between education and war, and also the role of education in fostering peace. War includes armed conflict between nations, but also other forms of belligerence between rival forces within and across states such as civil wars, culture wars, cold wars, and types of warfare for example ideological warfare, economic warfare and physical combat in all its forms. Peace includes a formalized state of harmony, and also embraces reconciliation and collaboration towards shared goals. Education in many forms, institutional and informal, contributes to war and to peace through formal systems at all levels from school to university, military training, through civics and citizenship, museums, peace movements, art, the media and official propaganda.
Key documents produced for the conference:
ISCHE 2014 Abstracts (Online ISSN 2313-1845)
A Virtual Special Issue (VSI) of History of Education was published, bringing together free-to-access previously published papers on education, war and peace from a number of Taylor and Francis journals.
Education, War and Peace Libguide A new guide to the IOE’s archive and historical collections that can be used to support research on education, war and peace.
A special conference issue of Paedagogica Historica on ‘Education, War and Peace’ (vol. 52 nos. 1&2) was published in 2016 edited by conference organisers Gary McCulloch and Georgina Brewis.