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ANZHES/ANME Joint Conference 2017

Powerful narratives and compelling explanations:
Educational historians and museums at work

Joint conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) and the Australian National Museum of Education (ANME)

24-27 September 2017
University of Canberra, Australia

Call for papers

Scholars are invited to submit paper proposals for the joint ANZHES/ANME conference that address the main theme and the sub-themes of the conference. The sub-themes are:

Narrative, explanation and interpretation: history that matters

Proposals for individual papers and panels should be structured:

The deadline for proposals is: 1 April 2017
(Applications for an extended deadline  through to April 30 will be approved automatically)

Proposals should be sent in an email or as email attachment to the chair of the academic committee:
Associate Professor Craig Campbell: craig.campbell@sydney.edu.au

A special issue of the History of Education Review will consist of eight of the best papers that address some aspect of the theme and sub-themes of the conference.

The conference

The conference venue is the Inspire Centre, Building 25 at the University of Canberra. The conference is a joint effort of the two societies, ANZHES and ANME. The annual ANME lecture (speaker to be announced) will begin the conference in the early evening of Sunday 24 September.

This will be the first time ANZHES has met in the national capital for many decades. Canberra is rich with historically oriented national institutions. Visitors are well rewarded. They include the National Library of Australia, National Film and Sound Archive, National Archives of Australia, National Art Gallery, National Museum, the Australian Parliament, Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) and the National Portrait Gallery. As a bonus, the Floriade, Canberra's floral spring festival occurs at this time also.

As part of the program there is an excursion, probably occurring on the afternoon of Monday 25 September. This will include visits to the Australian National University (there is a "nation building" theme in the conference) and two of the Australian Capital Territory's excellent school museums.

Editors of the Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand will run a workshop for conference attendees interested in writing entries for the dictionary (DEHANZ). This will take place from 11am through the early afternoon on Monday 24 September. Parallel with this session will be a "master class" for postgraduate students with distinguished historians who will assist students with issues they raise, as well as providing good advice on publishing in the journals, the uses of historiography, research methodology and similar. A light lunch will be sponsdored/provided by ANZHES for those who register for these sessions.

The conference dinner will be held during the evening of Tuesday 26 September.
The venue is the Old Ginninderra Schoolhouse.


The registration process for the conference will be available on the ANZHES and ANME websites from 1 May 2017. Early bird registrations will conclude on 30 June 2017. At a higher cost, ordinary registrations can occur until Friday 15 September 2017. Single day registrations will be available.

Conference program

This will be posted on this site on 1 May 2017.

At this stage the following dates and times are likely:

Sunday 24 September
11am Optional DEHANZ workshop
11am Optional Postgraduate masterclass
2pm ANZHES Executive meeting
4pm  Conference registration
pm ANME annual lectureanzhes
pm Welcome cocktail party for ANME/ANZHES conference registrants and lecture guests

Monday 25 September
am Papers, keynotes, panels
pm Papers, keynotes, panels
7pm ANZHES Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 26 September
am Papers, keynotes, panels
pm Papers, keynotes, panels
7pm Conference dinner

Wednesday 27 September
am Papers, keynotes, panels
12 noon Conference close and lunch
1pm Optional visits to national institutions (to be determined)

Travel and accommodation

Late September is a busy time of year for Canberra tourism. There will be pressure on accommodation and airlines. Registrants are advised to book early. Air travel to Canberra can be expensive but there is promise of alleviation in 2017 as more than one airline begins flying into the national capital. It is always possible to travel less expensively by rail from Sydney or Melbourne. It takes about three hours to drive from Sydney.

Use the usual websites to find accommodation. The conference site on the main campus of the University of Canberra is some eight kilometres north-west of the city centre, near Belconnen. Accommodation close to the campus is of limited quality and supply, though by the time of the conference there will be on-campus student accommodation available. Otherwise stay somewhere close to the city centre and catch public transport out to the conference each day if a car is not available to you.

In Canberra, the Mercure Canberra and University House on the Australian National University campus are recommended.

More advice on accommodation and travel will be given at the time registrations are processed.

Postgraduate student bursaries

These are available according to the usual conditions. Postgraduate students who are members of ANZHES are advised to apply to the Secretary of ANZHES early, as only a limited number are available.

Who is organising this conference?

Members of ANZHES and ANME are organising this conference.

Craig Campbell from the University of Sydney is the point of initial contact for ANZHES members and is the treasurer/registrar for the conference as a whole.

Malcolm Beazley, the Director of ANME, with Professor Barbara Pamphilon, chair of the ANME Board of Management, have oversight of the conference on behalf of ANME.

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths, Professor Geoffrey Riordan of the University of Canberra is our main liaison with the University of Canberra. The organisers of the conference are grateful for his assistance in providing the venue, the impressive Inspire Centre.

The members of the academic committee for the conference are Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt (ANME), Dr Dorothy Kass (Macquarie University) and A/Professor Craig Campbell (University of Sydney),  chair of the academic committee.

Email contact:
Craig Campbell (ANZHES): craig.campbell@sydney.edu.au