History of Education Annual Conference 2019

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Date(s) - 08/11/2019 - 10/11/2019
All Day

University College London


Call for papers: Education and the Life Course
History of Education Society annual conference
8-10 November 2019

Registration is now open for the HES annual conference in London, 8-10 November 2019:


Please circulate widely, and note that late registration fees will apply after 22 September 2019. All speakers should register by that date to ensure inclusion in the conference programme.

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)

The deadline for the Call for Papers is now past. Download CFP: HES CFP FINAL VERSION