Conference Dates: October 22-25, 2020
Conference Location: Victoria, BC – Laurel Point Inn
Deadline for Submissions: March 30th, 2020
Theme: One Hundred Years of Educational Stability and Change, 1920-2020

In 1920, the Canadian Marconi Company station X-W-A (later CFCF) in Montreal gave the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, a concert by vocalist Dorothy Lutton who sang from the Marconi factory itself. The concert was such a hit that many Canadians quickly lined up outside stores to buy radios for their homes. The Marconi Company broadcast was but one of the many developments that ushered in the 1920s, a decade marked by profoundly shifting economic, social, cultural, and artistic forces. The decade’s enthusiasm rippled through education. The school leaving age was raised in several provinces in a bid to elevate moral standards and curtail juvenile employment. British Columbia’s Putman-Weir Commission struck a resonant note for educational progressivism. Saskatchewan transferred teacher education to the university, setting teaching on a path to the modern faculty of education. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation was formed to organize teachers collectively.

Presentations at this conference will reflect not only on the dynamism of an expansive decade (the 1920s) – but will also consider the educational constancy and change that have characterized the century since (1920 to 2020). We especially invite proposals focussing on any of the eras within this timespan.

The Canadian History of Education Association/Association canadienne d’histoire de l’éducation brings together students, educators, teacher educators, scholars, and community-based researchers to study the educational past from interdisciplinary perspectives. CHEA/ACHÉ broadly defines the history of education to include, but not be limited to, formal and informal settings for teaching and learning (e.g. curricula and pedagogy, as well as community groups), social and cultural approaches to education (i.e. from religious organizations to the arts), the study of children and youth (e.g. youth clubs, popular culture), as well as policy and governance of schooling (i.e. from leader biographies to policy document analysis).
CHEA/ACHÉ also welcomes proposals outside of the conference theme that relate to the history of education – broadly defined – in Canada and beyond. We welcome both individual and panel presentations and particularly encourage graduate students, new scholars, and educators to submit proposals.

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