Education and the Body – International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) 38 (17-20/08/2016)

Loyola University Chicago

The 38th annual conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) will be held 17-20 August 2016 in Chicago IL on the campus of Loyola University Chicago. The proposal submission deadline has passed and acceptance decisions will be released mid-March 2016.

With the conference theme “Education and the Body” ISCHE 38 invites historical scholarship that examines the material and discursive positioning of human bodies in education; educational practices of embodiment; as well as metaphorical uses of the concepts of “body” and “bodies” in relation to education.  The somatic, disciplinary and embodied dimensions of educational practices have long received attention across many educational fields of study.  In recent years cognitive neuroscientists and scholars of the emotions and affect have brought the body into the center of contemporary educational discussions.  While all of these topics represent areas of scholarship that have long been of great interest to historians of education, they also present new opportunities and challenges for the field, especially when international and transcultural perspectives and experiences are introduced.

Drawing on recent scholarship and theoretical developments including in fields of study such as disability history, the history of physical education and movement education, the history of material culture in schooling, the history of childhood, the history of architecture and design, and the history of emotions—ISCHE 38 aims to generate a set of sustained conversations amongst historians of education from across the globe on education in relation to the body.

Conference participants are asked to consider how a focus on the body offers us new perspectives into the development of educational patterns and institutions.  The 2016 ISCHE conference theme challenges us to examine how difference has historically been created between different bodies, as well as how different bodies have moved and have been shaped to move in the history of education.  The consideration of bodies—on multiple axes and levels—also prompts us to rethink our understanding of the individual and social experiences of education and schooling.  The conference has eight sub-themes and participants are requested to focus their individual paper or panel/symposium submissions around one or more of the following sub-themes:

  1. Regulating Bodies—examining educational practices of regulating the physical behavior, movement and habits of human bodies, including physical education, movement education, pedagogy, curriculum and other educational practices;
  2. Embodiment in Education—examining materiality as a basis for thought and action, embodied knowledge as well as the body and spiritual education;
  3. Gendered, Sexualized, Raced and Classed Bodies in the History of Education—exploring the body as site of opportunity, exploitation, located in circuits of inclusion and exclusion;
  4. Bodies in and across Space and Place—studying the geographic and temporal locations of bodies, as well as the movement of bodies across time and space, including student and teacher mobility/migration, the body in relation to the human life span, including different dimensions of youth, aging and educational life histories;
  5. Dis/ability in the History of Education – exploring the complex meanings and significance of dis/ability in the history of education;
  6. Mediated and Hybrid Bodies—focusing on the materials, technologies and devices that sustain and/or subvert educational practices;
  7. Working, Thinking and Feeling Bodies—examining the uses of bodies, emotions, styles of reasoning in relation to productive (and reproductive) labor and normative modes of being the proper citizen, parent, student, teacher and individual;
  8. Body as Metaphor – taking up metaphorical uses of the concept of body, ranging from “bodies of knowledge” to “the student body” and everything in between.

Education and the Body – International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) 38 (17-20/08/2016)