Network Meeting 2018, Bolzano


Time: Thursday 6 September 2018

Participants: 5 convenors, 14 participants of NW17


  1. Welcome/Introduction. Apologies. (Helena)
  2. Reviewing process. Reviewers (Helena)
  3. Changes in the convenors’ team (Helena)
  4. NW17 Project Looking back Going forward:School_Time in Flux and Flow in Europe and beyond (Geert and Fabio)
  5. 20th Anniversary of NW17 in 2019 (Iveta)
  6. Improvements of NW17 (All)
  7. Report about the 9th History of Education Doctoral Summer School (HEDSS-9) June 2018 Riga (Iveta and Angelo)
  8. Honorary membership (Helena)
  9. Other Business

The minutes are taken by Chista Nadimi

NW17 Link convenor Helena welcomed those present. Apologies: Convenor Elena Tabacchi.

In general, participants were happy with the reviews they received and they found them helpful. The system is good for reviewers. Vitaliy Bezrogov (The Russian Academy of Education) joins the team of reviewers.

This is the last year of Helena as a NW17 link convener, Iveta will take her place. Two other conveners join this year: Chista Nadimi, University of Luxembourg and Lajos Somogyvári, University of Pannonia, Hungary.

Project School_Time in Flux and Flow in Europe and beyond is lead by Geert and Fabio. The project is funded by EERA, Stichting Paedagogica Historica and University of Sassari. Already a symposium prepared for ECER in 2018 and ERC workshop envisaged for ECER 2019. Geert invites contributions in the form of accessible teaching-learning materials. It would be best to have as many countries as possible represented. The challenge is to write for a heterogeneous audience of secondary school age and above (young people, educators, lay persons), not only academics as usual. Iveta will forward the reminder of the call to the participants of HEDSS-9. The initial deadline is September 21, 2018 with maximum margin mid-December, 2018 (project ends officially on 31st December).

Next year is the 20th anniversary of NW17. Iveta suggests to reflect in Hamburg on the discipline of history of education. Methodology is a challenge in the field. The idea is to bring young and experienced scholars’ (also from western and eastern Europe) approaches in the history of education together, to consider the field from different angles. The form of this network celebration can be young scholars’ presentations, then a roundtable of more experienced ones. Joyce Goodman who was also present at the first network conference suggested inviting those who presented their research at that time, to reflect on that research to see how the research developed. It can be a shared discussion about sources and problems and not necessarily presenting a paper (like a workshop). It is important to stress our identity as researchers in the history of education. Geert: also key is going “outside” again as a NW, exploring spaces (places) of non-formal education. Helena: in the next NW17 Call inviting to reflect on our identities as researchers. Susana suggested having a workshop for the next year in a school archive in Hamburg. Iveta generally invited people to send their suggestion if they have an idea of organising a workshop as celebration of NW17 anniversary.

Helena: We don’t like having parallel sessions. We prefer quality to quantity.

Stephanie Spencer: It’s good to consider more importance to quality over quantity of the presentation and not having parallel sessions, but increasing the quantity helps to bring more people because people can’t come if they don’t present. She suggested having some kind of short presentations, workshops, or co-authoring.

Angelo: It is important to readdress and redefine the identity of the network.

Cooperation with ISCHE in the future is discussed.

The NW17 webpage has to be improved.

A successful event, about 40 relevant applications, 30 students from 16 countries were accepted. 7 participants from low GDP countries received travel bursary. The 7 tutors were outstanding historians of education. 6 Local organizers were professors, doctoral and master degree students of the University of Latvia. The summer school work was organized in two parallel sessions for two days. Each student had the opportunity to present and discuss her/his research for 45 minutes. Each session was led by two tutors. Each presentation was commented by a “critical friend”, namely, another doctoral student. The main topics for the sessions were as follows: Gender, Classroom practice, Crossing cultural borders, Education under crossfire, Educational media, Higher education, Education and traditions, Ideas, Schooling for..., Personality, Institutions. Every day two tutors’ lectures were held that were open to students and pedagogues of Latvian educational institutions. Outside the sessions, participants of HEDSS-9 had an opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural heritage in Riga and Latvia. The HEDSS-9 was supported by Stichting Paedagogica Historica, History of Education Society, UK, EERA, ISCHE, University of Latvia, Jurmala City Council, Latvia, Riga City Council, Latvia, Mission of EU in Latvia.

Next year’s HEDSS will take place in Liverpool (Geert will be in charge). It’s important to encourage doctoral students to participate.

Ian Grosvenor and Frank Simon became honorary members. Joyce Goodman was proposed to be an honorary member of NW17. This proposal was approved with unanimous applause.

Pieter about the initiative from KU Leuven: Autumn school, a research academy will take place in KUL.  Places for 15 young scholars. Everything will be paid. The students can do 4 days of research in the archive. It will not always be about history of education. There will be an online platform for it.

Christian: There is room to connect history of education network under the Nordic Educational Research Association.

Vitaliy Bezrogov informed about a conference on migrants and education. More information about this conference can be found in the conference webpage:

NW17 dinner to take place on Thursday, at 19:30 in Hotel Stiegl, Bolzano. Around 20 people are on the list.

Date and place of the next meeting: 3-6 September 2019, Hamburg, Germany.

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Interview with Link Convenor 2019