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By Lottie Hoare

News and Call for Papers:

Writing and Academic Space History of Education Society Annual Student Conference
Saturday 5 July 2014, 11am-5pm – University of Nottingham

The title for this years History of Education Society student conference came about after conversations with Nottingham University PhD student, Emma Lautman. Emma offered her university as the venue for our 2014 event, after attending the 2013 HES student conference Witness to Change: sharing student and teacher persepctives which took place at Birmingham University in June 2013. She also suggested that writing should become a central theme for this year’s conference because postgraduates were united by the task of writing – however diverse their history of education subject matter may be. 
We now have two confirmed Keynote speakers for Writing and Academic Space. Dr. Marcella Sutcliffe, a research associate at the University of Cambridge on the AHRC funded project ‘Active Citizenship, Public Engagement and the Humanities: the Victorian Model’ will present a paper: ‘New directions and perspectives for the history of education: A transnational approach’.  Dr. Alison Clark, senior lecturer in Childhood and Youth studies at the Open University, will be presenting a paper: ‘Writing on childhood and place: an exploration of methodological artefacts’. Jonathan Doney (University of Exeter) and Co-editor of the History of Education Researcher will also be running a session on writing for this journal. 

Alongside these events we are announcing a Call for Papers for postgraduate speakers. We are looking for 15-minute presentations from current postgraduate students. There are two panels to which you can contribute: 

  1. You can either send a 250 abstract for a 15 minute paper on some aspect of your current research which you would like to share with an audience for feedback or questions – this will come under the heading Research Presentations.
  2. Or you can send a 250 word abstract for a 15-minute presentation for the panel 1000 words on a Source. For this panel you need to focus on a single source and bring the source or a representation of it with you on the day. Sources can include for example: photographs, artefacts, exercise books, music/sound/film clips (these need to be short enough to fit into15-minute presentation alongside your 1000 spoken words) or other sources – we are open to suggestions. As with the Research Presentations there will also be time for questions and feedback on your presentation. 
It would be great if you touch on how your work connects with the theme Writing and Academic Space but it does not need to be central to your paper. 
Please send 250 abstracts to Lottie Hoare on by Sunday 18 May 2014. Please mark clearly in your email whether you want to be considered for ‘Research Presentations’ or ‘1000 words on a Source.’ 
We will notify those who are accepted as speakers by the first week of June 2014.
This enables speakers to book advance tickets for Nottingham for travel on 5 July 2014. These inland travel costs will be covered by HES (UK) for speakers, once receipts have been presented. There will be no charge to attend the conference for speakers. A small charge will be asked for non-presenting current HES members who would like to come along – further details will be confirmed in June but it is likely to be in the region of £5 to cover catering costs. 
If you would like to be involved and require further details do get in touch with Lottie Hoare on 
All good wishes Lottie Hoare 
Postgraduate representative, History of Education Society, UK
and co-organisers Emma Lautman (University of Nottingham) and Alice Kirke (IoE)