CFP Pre-Conference Workshop ISCHE London (22 July 2014) “History of Education: Mapping the Discipline”

The pre-Workshop for ISCHE London, which will take place on the 22nd of July 2014, aims at discussing and enlarging the research project “History of Education: Mapping the Discipline” that was initiated by a Swiss and French research group and which will be conducted in close cooperation with ISCHE (see:

The mapping of the discipline will focus on its institutional foundation (Institutes, departments, posts), communication networks (associations, scientific events, means for publication – Journals), structures of socialization (curricula, diploma, doctoral theses), and the ongoing renewal of knowledge produced by the discipline (epistemological and theoretical foundation, research methods and outcomes). The goal is to describe the recent evolution of the history of Education. The project will not only benefit from the numerous existing reports (see: but may also serve as a reference for prospective planning and future research agendas.

The workshop will address three topics:

  1. Networks and institutions

The history of education constitutes a disciplinary field that exists and develops through specialized networks and institutions, whose practical modalities of institutionalization will constitute the core of the inquiry.

  1. Journals

Journals constitute a privileged resource from which to browse research outcomes in the history of education on different levels. An inventory of journals totally or partially dedicated to the history of education will be established; on this basis, a panorama of the main inquiries that have contributed to the discipline will be produced.

  1. Doctoral theses

Doctoral theses look like a pertinent resource for analyzing the past, present and future of the discipline. The way the discipline structures doctoral studies will be analyzed (graduate schools, directors, disciplinary anchoring) as well as topics and methodologies


This Workshop will help to discuss the design and specific areas of this large-scale research program that will include scholars from all continents. Collective discussion of the data and analyses produced will contribute to create synergies between historians of education in order to elaborate a common research agenda and to reinforce the base of the discipline. The Workshop will also launch an ISCHE Standing Working Group dedicated to this topic, co-organized by the present signatories.

We invite colleagues interested in this project to submit proposals of 100-200 words and a short CV addressing these issues for this workshop. Please send your proposals to either Rita Hofstetter (, on behalf of the Swiss and French research group) or Eckhardt Fuchs (, on behalf of ISCHE). Deadline is 30 March 2014. The contributions at the Workshop are limited to 10-15 min to give ample time for discussion.

Previous Call for Papers 2014 History of Education Society (US) 5-9 Nov 2014 (Indianapolis)
Next Early Bird Registration for ISCHE 2014 [30 April deadline]

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