In 2010 Network 17, "Histories of Education" held its first Summer School at the University of Ghent in Belgium. Entitled "Researching Histories of European Educational Spaces, Discourses and Sources", the three day summer school was aimed at post-graduate and post-doctoral students interested in the histories of European educational spaces and discourses and new ways of working with images, artifacts and archives. The summer school was supported by the European Educational Research Association (EERA), the Stichting Paedagogica Historica and the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE). It was organised jointly by Network 17 and the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Ghent and Leuven.
Led by international experts working in the field of history of education, the Summer School was structured in two halves: parallel sessions featuring student presentations on the one hand, ‘conversation’ sessions with tutors on the other. In the evening, studying gave way to socialising, and the twenty five participants had the chance to continue the day’s discussions in a more informal setting, accompanied of course by the best of Ghent cuisine.
A truly European event, the Summer School attracted eight participants from the UK, six from Belgium, two from Portugal, two from Switzerland, two from Norway (including one participant from Russia), three from the Netherlands, and one participant from Germany, Greece and France respectively. Of the expert tutors five came from the UK, one came from Germany, and two were from Belgium. And was it worth the journey? Absolutely. In the words of one participant: "The Summer School was excellent: open atmosphere, respectful exchanges, and the feedback was informative and inspiring."
The conference is supported by the
- Stichting Paedagogica Historica
- History of Education Society, UK
- European Educational Research Association (EERA)
- International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE)
- University of Latvia, Riga