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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Science, Technologies and Material Culture in the History of Education - call for papers

Annual Conference of the History of Education Society (UK)
Liverpool Hope University
20th-22nd November 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Ruth Watts, Emeritus Professor of History of Education, University of Birmingham
Dr Claire Jones, Teacher and Honorary Fellow, University of Liverpool
Jonathan Reinarz, Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Birmingham

Too often the history of science and technology and the history of education have been written at a remove from each other despite being intimately connected. It is an important aim of this conference to bring these two significant and related areas of historiography into closer dialogue with one another. While we welcome papers which examine theoretical, methodological and historiographical aspects of the relationship between science, technologies and education, we are equally keen for speakers to focus on the interplay of these key themes in specific historical and material settings.

Papers focusing on the artefacts and material culture of science, technology and education are especially welcome. Papers should focus on one, two or all of the conference’s thematic areas, (science, technologies, material culture).

Possible topics for papers may include (but are by no means limited to) the following:Historiography of science, technology and education
  • Historiography of science, technology and education
  • Science and technology in the curriculum
  • Scientists as public intellectuals
  • Medical education 
  • Technologies of the self
  • Science and identity formation
  • Science, technology and class
  • Science, technology and gender 
  • Materialities of teaching and learning
  • Books, equipment, technology and the transfer of ideas
  • Scientific and technological networks 
  • Scientific internationalism 
  • Science, technology and empire
  • School and university architecture 
  • Education for the scientific professions
  • Popular science 
  • Scientific and technological elites 
  • Scientific societies
  • Science as popular education/entertainment 
  • Science and education in the home
  • Subject and disciplinary formation 
  • Medical humanities
  • Educational artefacts 
  • Museums as educational spaces
Abstracts (250 words max) should be sent to Heather Ellis at
Deadline: 1st June 2015

Postgraduate Panel
We are also looking for 10 minute presentations from Masters/MPhil/PhD students on aspects of their research which do not need to fit the conference theme. The Postgraduate Panel will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 21st November.

Student members of the History of Education Society (UK) are eligible to apply for bursaries which will cover the conference fee, accommodation and meals during the scheduled hours of the conference. Please mention your interest in applying for a bursary when submitting your abstract.

Abstracts (250 words max) should be sent to Lottie Hoare at
Deadline: 1st June 2015

Conference host: Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University
Conference venue: Liverpool Hope University (Cornerstone Campus)/Feathers Best Western Hotel, Liverpool