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HES / ANZHES Joint Conference 2016

Title: ‘Sight, Sound and Text in the History of Education’
Convenors: History of Education Society, UK and Australian & New Zealand History of Education Society\
Dates: November 18-20, 2016
Location: Abbey Hotel, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
Call for Papers Deadline: 31st March, 2016; Second call: 31st July, 2016.

Taking as its theme ‘sight, sound and text in the history of education’, this multi-disciplinary conference invites reflections and input from scholars working in fields as disparate as history of education, media history, disability history, history of art, history of textbooks, and more.

Papers are particularly invited, which address the following questions and themes:

- What might a more sensory aware history of education look like?
- What part have the arts played in the history of education?
- What are the methodological challenges in developing a sensory aware history?
- Which senses have been given prominence, and which neglected, in the history of education, and why?
- What types of archival and other sources can we use to explore the history of the senses in education?
- How do age and the life course affect the role of the senses in learning?
- What part has the media played in education in different national contexts?
- What can media historians learn of their own history from historians of education, and vice versa?
- What does the study of textbooks reveal about the history of education in differing subjects?
- Theoretical and methodological perspectives
- Educational film, radio and television
- The arts and education
- Soundscapes
- Disability and impairment
- Inclusive history
- Special education

This is an indicative list, other questions, themes and topics for papers will also be considered.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words representing a proposal for a paper of 20 minutes in duration to Stephen Parker by the deadline(s).

This is a joint conference of the History of Education Society, UK and ANZHES. See conference webpage.

The conference is to be hosted by the University of Worcester and organized by Professor Stephen G. Parker. Email: Address: Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ, United Kingdom.

NOTE: The HES / ANZHES conference is to be preceded on the 17 November, 2016, by a one-day conference, at the same location, entitled Childhood, Faith and the Media. This conference is a plenary of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project, titled ‘Faith on the Air: a religious educational broadcasting history’ , led by Professor Stephen G. Parker at the University of Worcester. Further details

Sybil Campbell Annual Lecture

Tuesday15th November 2016, 6pm for 6.30

Speaker: Dr Siân Roberts (University of Birmingham)

"Encounter, exchange and inscription: the educational activism of Geraldine Cadbury and Margaret Backhouse 1910-39"

University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London WIY 6DB

Cost £18 and £10 for Students

Please contact if you would like to attend 

Special Monothematic Issue: Historical reflection of education and its significance in (not only) teacher education

This monothematic volume of Pedagogika focuses primarily on the following areas:

In what way was the “normative canon” of the ideas and personalities of History of Education constructed since this discipline had been established until the “disintegration” of this concept in the 20th century in particular European countries? What was the structure of the specialised discourse which shifted the aims, structure and general concept of History of Education towards social- and cultural-science profile? When did the “disintegration” process take place in various countries in the intellectual environment of the second half of the 20th century and what did the process look like? What were the arguments serving as its basis and what research was it based on? What topics and research areas are opened up in the cultural- and social-science foundation of History of Education? What research methods are used, combined and preferred and what impacts can be detected in terms of establishing fundamental categories in the discipline of Educational Science? History of Education used to be a discipline exploited heavily as an instrument to the goals of science practised in totalitarian regimes in the 20th We shall ask what the aims this instrumentalisation served were, what its normative concept was based on, and what its impact on historical and educational research was.
History of Education constituted “undisputable” part of teacher education and subject-matter didactics for pedagogues for a very long period of time.

Guarantors of the Volume: Andreas Hoffmann, Tomáš Kasper, Karel Rýdl

By 31st January 2017: Submit annotations of maximum 2 pages (3,600 characters) labelled “Monočíslo AJ HISTORY OF EDUCATION” to the email address The annotation is to include the following: the author(s) and title of the submission, type of paper – theoretical, historical, review, methodological or research paper – together with the presumed size, aims and content of the submission.
By 28th February 2017: Annotations (in English or German language) will be reviewed and the authors will be notified about further proceedings.
By 30th April 2017: Papers based on the accepted annotations will be submitted. Subsequently, papers will be submitted for standard peer review after which authors will be notified and prospective adjustments to the texts will be required by 30th June 2017.


University of Sassari, Porto Conte (Alghero, Sardinia), Italy, 8–11 June 2017

This conference invites applications from postgraduate students in the history of Education with an interest in the histories of educational spaces and discourses and new ways of working with images, artefacts, and archives. Leading international historians of education will give lectures and workshops, and offer advice concerning the research process. There will be opportunities for students to discuss their dissertation projects with fellow doctoral candidates and receive comments from prominent scholars in the field.

The summer school started as an initiative of EERA’s Network 17, “Histories of Education,” and is the eighth conference in a series of successful events that started in Ghent in 2010 and was followed by meetings in Birmingham 2011, Lisbon 2012, Hamburg 2013, Umeå 2014, Luxembourg 2015, and Groningen 2016. This edition of the summer school is organised by the University of Sassari. The conference is supported by:

The number of participants is limited to 30 students. The conference language is English. Participation in the conference is free of charge. Accommodation and meals will be provided, but delegates will have to cover the cost for their travel to Porto Conte (venue: Travel bursaries are available to students from low-GDP countries. For more information please check the application form.

Tutors: Eckhardt Fuchs (Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany), Ian Grosvenor (University of Birmingham, UK), Iveta Kestere (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia), Kristen Nawrotzki (Heidelberg University of Education, Germany), Stephen Parker (University of Worcester, UK), Fabio Pruneri (University of Sassari, Italy), Frank Simon and Angelo Van Gorp (Ghent University, Belgium).

Local organisers: Fabio Pruneri (chair), Paolo Bianchini (University of Turin), Luisa Pandolfi (University of Sassari) and Elena Tabacchi.

Application form: Can be retrieved from

and should be sent to

Closing date for applications is 31 December 2016. Successful applicants will be notified in February 2017.

More information?

Contact Angelo Van Gorp ( for formal queries, e.g. regarding application, eligibility criteria.

Contact Fabio Pruneri ( or Luisa Pandolfi ( for practical queries, e.g. regarding travel, venue, meals, accompanying persons.

Fully funded PhD scholarship

Opportunity: Fully funded PhD scholarship at Aalborg University connected with a research project on the historical impact of the OECD in education. For further information:

BERA launches new History SIG

The BERA Council has approved the introduction of a new special interest group in History. The History SIG will provide a base for historical research, theories, representations and methodologies in education.  It is designed to serve a broad and diverse constituency, incuding the following related but distinct areas:
1. History of education – educational changes and continuities over the longer term in relation to a changing social and political context;
2. History in education – representations of history in the school curriculum, textbooks, museums, pageants, the media and other educational institutions;
3. Historical perspectives on current issues – the origins, antecedents and implications of policies and practices in education;
4. Educational life-histories and biographies – the contributions of individuals, groups and networks to educational change over the lifecourse.

The History SIG will also engage with other branches of history, seeking to understand and address inequalities in education and society over the longer term, and will aim to contribute to the research agendas posed in other SIGs across the range of BERA’s work.

Professor Gary McCulloch of the UCL Institute of Education will act as the initial convenor of the new SIG. Gary would welcome ideas from BERA members for History SIG activities including plans for the BERA 2016 Leeds conference.

If you would like to join the new BERA History SIG please login to your member profile by going to and join the SIG via your member page.

Paper proposals in this area for the 2016 BERA Conference are also very welcome.

The Peter Gosden Fellowships 2016

For 2016, the History of Education Society has appointed not one, but two Peter Gosden Fellowships! The purpose of the Peter Gosden Fellowship scheme is to establish a higher public profile for the History of Education Society, its associated publications and conferences, and other activities concerned with the study and teaching of the history of education both in the UK and abroad.

Annemarie Valdes has been appointed as the Peter Gosden Fellow with responsibility for maintaining and improving the Society's social media presence utilising a weblog, Twitter and Facebook. Alice Kirke has been appointed as the Peter Gosden Fellow with responsibility for planning and co-ordinating the re-development of the History of Education Society website:

Both Fellowships started on 1st January 2016 and are due to finish on 31st December 2016.

Both Fellows will receive: (1) £1,000 as an honorarium; (2) a year’s membership of the Society; and (3) free attendance at the Society's annual conferences (i.e. the student and main conferences).

Obituary: Professor Richard Aldrich (1937 – 2014)

Professor Richard Aldrich, Emeritus Professor of the History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who has sadly passed away on 20 September 2014, was one of the most distinguished historians of education of his generation, and one of the most significant figures in the national and international field. He was secretary of the UK History of Education Society for five years before becoming its president from 1989 to 1993, and was then chair / president of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education from 1994 until 1997. 

Richard was appointed to a lecturing post at the Institute of Education in 1973, and was to stay for the next thirty years until his retirement in 2003. Together with colleagues such as Peter Gordon, Margaret Bryant and Dennis Dean, he established the IOE’s preeminent national position in this area of study.  

Richard consistently drew attention to the connections between past and current issues in education, and to the political dimensions of educational reform. The edited selection of his key articles published as Lessons from History of Education (2006) exemplified his scholarly approach to historical writing. He continued to research, write and attend conferences in his retirement, and his final major publications on education for survival (2010) and neuroscience (2013) were among his most original, challenging and significant work. His research was widely recognised for its rigour and trenchant insights, qualities that stood out as he analysed the historical context of the Education Reform Act while it was being developed in the late 1980s.

Richard’s most substantial work included studies of Sir John Pakington and Joseph Payne, biographical dictionaries of educationists in England, Europe and North America, and an excellent centenary history of the IOE.  Two Festschriften have been published in his honour, one produced by Tom O’Donoghue and Clive Whitehead (2004) and another by David Crook and Gary McCulloch (2007).

Richard enjoyed a full family life with his wife Averil and his children and grandchildren, and was a lifelong supporter of Charlton Football Club. He made a large number of friends around the world and was a wise and trusted confidant to many. He was a role model and a gentle adviser for younger academics and for generations of students, and will be mourned and missed in equal measure.

By Professor Gary McCulloch

History of Education Blog

We are thrilled to announce the History of Education Society Blog. Here, you will find the latest news on research, events and literature relating to the history of education.
We welcome you to contribute to the blog. Blog posts can make research publicly accessible, invite discussion on work, and boost the readership of academic publications 11-fold! Types of posts include reflections on research, sources, theories and methodologies, and reviews of publications and events. Details on how to submit a blog post can be found here.

Sad news: Kevin J. Brehony

The historian of education Professor Kevin J. Brehony passed away on Tuesday, 15 October 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Kevin was Froebel Professor of Early Childhood Studies, President of the International Froebel Society, Director of the University of Roehampton's Early Childhood Research Centre, and a member of the Froebel Research Committee. He was a renowned and rigorous scholar of Friedrich Froebel, a dedicated mentor, and beloved colleague and friend.

Kevin had an international reputation for his research on education policy, history of education, Froebel, historical sociology, progressive education and qualitative methods. His numerous publications include oft-cited chapters in edited volumes along with more than 60 articles in leading professional journals. His article 'A new education for a new era: the contribution of the conferences of the New Education Fellowship to the disciplinary field of education 1921-1938', published in Paedagogica Historica, is ranked that journal's 'most read'. Beyond his research, Kevin was well known for his dedication to his students. He mentored a number of undergraduate, masters and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom now teach Early Childhood Studies in education departments across the country and around the world.

As well as his distinguished scholarship, Kevin played a very full and active part in the History of Education Society. Members who worked with him on the executive committee will remember his contribution to the launch of our first website. Conference delegates will remember his encyclopaedic knowledge, his sparkling papers, including a splendid keynote address on progressive education. They will remember also the fun and laughter that he brought to conference proceedings. Editors of History of Education will remember Kevin as a much valued and valuable member of the Editorial Board to the end of his life. A hard working and willing reviewer of a huge variety of papers, he delivered really incisive, helpful referee recommendations in double-quick time. Added to which he was a guest editor of two special editions in the area for which he is best known: progressive education and Froebelian contributions to early years education. Those of us who have had the privilege to know him will testify to the major contribution that he made to education history making. He will be sorely missed.

Kevin was admired by his colleagues not only for his professional accomplishments and intellectual rigour, but also for his kindness, generosity, and dedication. Many of his colleagues in the UK and abroad and numerous friends and correspondents around the globe benefitted from his advice. His many acts of selflessness will long be remembered. Professor Brehony, aged 65, is survived by his wife, Professor Rosemary Deem OBE.

New online community

A new online community space has recently been created for the History of Education Society (HES) through which you are able to contact other HES members, share files and discuss topics of interest to you. Click on the link below, 'sign up', log into your email account, open up the confirmation email and click onto the link to activate your account. Once you have signed up and logged into the site, the HES space will appear in the 'My Groups' section of your ‘My Stuff’ page.



A group of students from the Royal Albert Memorial College, Exeter, 1908.

St Luke’s College, Orchestra. 1920s.

 St Luke’s College Library.

Acton Technical College – exam desks

A group of students from the Royal Albert Memorial College, Exeter, 1908.

St Luke’s College, Orchestra. 1920s.

 St Luke’s College Library.

Acton Technical College – exam desks

A group of students from the Royal Albert Memorial College, Exeter, 1908.

St Luke’s College, Orchestra. 1920s.

 St Luke’s College Library.

Acton Technical College – exam desks

A group of students from the Royal Albert Memorial College, Exeter, 1908.

St Luke’s College, Orchestra. 1920s.

 St Luke’s College Library.

Acton Technical College – exam desks

A group of students from the Royal Albert Memorial College, Exeter, 1908.

St Luke’s College, Orchestra. 1920s.

 St Luke’s College Library.

Acton Technical College – exam desks

A group of students from the Royal Albert Memorial College, Exeter, 1908.

St Luke’s College, Orchestra. 1920s.

 St Luke’s College Library.

Acton Technical College – exam desks

A group of students from the Royal Albert Memorial College, Exeter, 1908.

St Luke’s College, Orchestra. 1920s.

 St Luke’s College Library.

Acton Technical College – exam desks