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Call for papers: Australia New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) Conference 2023

December 3rd – 6th 2023

Waipapa Taumata Rau / University of Auckland

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand


Education in states of exception

Recently, Karin Priem (2022) argued that ‘a state of exception – a radical preliminary halt and a feeling of unease toward the world around us and how we live our lives’ can prompt a questioning of political or economic regimes that appear monolithic, or which prioritise endless human progress and growth (Priem, 2022, p.1). The unease engendered in times of significant disruption, like that experienced during the recent Covid-19 pandemic or extreme climatic events in Australia and Aotearoa, has potential to enliven reassessment of what the priorities of education are – or could be.

Taking the idea of education in (or after) states of exception as a starting point, this conference invites papers that explore education in emergency or during significant disruption to existing ways of life, including indigenous ways of being and living. What shifts are prompted by the state of exception? What traces of disruption or agency endure in historical sources or material remains – what stories charting the impact of change on communities have been told and retold? What faults in the system become apparent in times of crisis? What experiments or educational alternatives result?

Scholars engaging in historical enquiry and historians of education and higher education are encouraged to reflect not only on these questions and the challenges provoked in/by states of exception, but also to highlight opportunities for systemic change, critique, resistance, or agency.

Papers could range from (but are not limited to):

  • Education during conflict, war, colonial violence or invasion
  • Education and the environment; education in the climate crisis
  • Educational responses to epidemics, pandemics or health crises
  • Education against the grain
  • Diaspora, displacement and education
  • Case studies of possibility (Fielding and Moss, 2011) involving experiments in education
  • Education and alternative economies; anti-capitalist movements and education; affirmative critiques
  • Emergency education schemes; temporary education
  • Education amid change
  • Shifting sites of education; making do and repurposing materials of education
  • Silence and sound in ‘states of exception’


Abstract submission: please send abstracts of around 350 words by 11 August 2023 to:

Frances Kelly [email protected]

Barbara Grant [email protected]


Contact: Dr Frances Kelly, Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Waipapa Taumata Rau / University of Auckland

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