SWG Ische Istanbul 2015 – PROGRAM

Standing Working Group Mapping the Discipline History of Education



Call for paper – Ische Istanbul 2015

Standing Working Group: Mapping the Discipline History of Education

ISCHE Istanbul 2015


Eckhardt Fuchs, Rita Hofstetter, Emmanuelle Picard, Joelle Droux, Alexandre Fontaine, Solenn Huitric

General presentation 

In the context of the growth, complexification and internationalization of higher education and research, it had seemed to be fruitful to map the history of education in Europe since the early nineties. Our goal is to create a current and retrospective assessment of the discipline’s institutional grounding and of the knowledge produced by its practitioners, stretching across national and cultural borders. Ultimately, the program will help to increase interactions among scholars and facilitate the creation of collaborative research agendas, thereby augmenting the standing and visibility of the discipline. It aims to describe the recent evolution of History of Education in order to make it more visible and, in knowing it and in reflecting on it, to reinforce its foundation and legitimacy. It may also serve as reference for prospective planning and for establishing a research agenda.

This mapping will focus on the emblematic traits that characterize any discipline: its institutional foundation (Institutes, departments, posts), communication networks (associations, scientific events, means for publication), the structures of socialization and education of the new generation (curriculum, diploma, doctoral theses) and the ongoing renewing of knowledge produced by the discipline (research, epistemological foundation, research methods). Transcending internal debates and defying boundaries of all types, our research program seeks to further the self-reflexive study of the discipline through the creation of collectively built databases. Via a shared virtual platform, such databases will provide common access to a catalogue of researchers and institutions, media outlets and studies on the history of education, irrespective of their institutional and geographic moorings. 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.

AT ISCHE 37 in Istanbul we would like to organize up to four panels on these topics:

  1. Institutional history of our discipline, such as associations, networks, institutes, posts, journals;
  2. Historiography in specific cultural, regional or national contexts with a special emphasis on the history of education in the Middle-East, in Africa, and East Asia;
  3. Historiography on specific topics from a comparative or transnational perspective, such as research reviews on child protection policy; on the impact of globalization on the history of education, etc.;
  4. Presentations on the issue of collecting and harmonizing data about our field (institutes, departments, academic posts, doctoral thesis) in order to allow international comparison.

We invite you to submit proposals along the lines suggested above. They should include an abstract of the presentation (about 500 words in English), a short CV of no more than two pages, including a list of relevant publications, and your preferred panel. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014. The chosen applicants will be notified by the end of January. Please send your proposal to Rita Hofstetter (Rita.Hofstetter@unige.ch), Emmanuelle Picard (emmanuelle.picard@ens-lyon.fr) or Eckhardt Fuchs (fuchs@gei.de).

ISCHE Pre-Workshop „Project Cartography“ – July 22nd 2014

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University of London – Room 728 in 20 Bedford Way (main IOE building)

14:00 Introduction Rita Hofstetter (University of Geneva) – Emmanuelle Picard (ENS Lyon) – Eckhardt Fuchs (GEI)
Session 1:   Journals 14:30 – 15:20

Discussant : Rebecca Rogers

  • Italian Journals and the History of Education (Gianfranco Bandini – University of Florence)
  • Journals of History of Education at a global scale (Eckhardt Fuchs – GEI)
Session 2: Doctoral Thesis 15:20 – 16:35

Discussant : André Robert

  • Thesis in Portugal (2009-2013) (Joaquim Pintassilgo & Carlos Beato – University of Lisbon)
  • Research in the History of Education in the Post-Soviet Space (Iveta Kestere – University of Latvia)
  • Thesis in Francophony (Alexandre Fontaine – University of Geneva & Solenn Huitric – ENS-Lyon)
Break 16:35 – 17:00
Session 3: Networks and Institutions 17:00 – 18:30

Discussant : Thérèse Hamel

  • History of Education in Brazil (Diana Vidal & Marta Carvalho – University of São Paulo)
  • Mapping the Discipline of the History of Education: the Greek case (1970-2013) (Katarina Dalakoura – University of Crete)
  • History of Education in Italy ( Roberto Sani, Anna Ascenzi, Dorena Caroli & Luigiaurelio Pomante – University of Macerata)
  • Network History of Adult Education & Training in Europe (Françoise Laot – University of Reims & Kirsi Ahonen – University of Tampere)
18:30 – 19:00 Next steps – Agenda


We will focus the pre-conference on the methodological aspect of the chosen researches and on how their data base was built.  Thus, we aim to question how we can shape an international network on the project “Mapping history of education” and with which tools. Each participant or research will be given 15 minutes of presentation so that we can make time for a debate.

Rita Hofstetter, Emmanuelle Picard, Eckhardt Fuchs, Alexandre Fontaine & Solenn Huitric

Call for paper Ische London 2014

Call for Papers

Pre-ISCHE Workshop, 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: https://kartografy.wordpress.com/about/).

 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: https://kartografy.wordpress.com/bibliography-1980-2014/) 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 (Rita.Hofstetter@unige.ch, Emmanuelle.Picard@ens-lyon.fr on behalf of the Swiss and French research group) or Eckhardt Fuchs (fuchs@gei.de, 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.