Department of Culture and Learning

Nordic Educational History Conference

25-27 May 2022 in Aalborg (Denmark)


"Global and Local Histories of Education and the States"

Centre for Education Policy Research and Centre for History (The research groups for Knowledge, Sustainability and Heritage (KSH)) and Conflict, Coercion and Authority in History (CCA) invites you to the 8th Nordic Education History Conference hosted by Aalborg University, Denmark.

The theme of this conference zooms in on the role of education in this transitional history of state and power relations from both local, national and transnational perspectives.

Raising historical awareness of these developments and trajectories seems key today in a world where education is often promoted using standards, comparisons and ubiquitous technologies. Historical research in this respect offers the prospect of rewinding our understandings of education and point out all the lost possibilities and alternatives as well as providing sensitivities for understanding resilience, counter-movements and the shifting role of the local and national in a globalized world.

The conference invites papers, panels and posters on the following sub-themes and keywords:

  • Interactions between the transnational, national and local
  • Public versus private agents in education
  • The role of education, the social question and welfare state models
  • Rethinking the role of the nation state in relation to education and knowledge
  • Knowledge, education and state formation
  • Institutional and organizational history of education
  • Book and literacy history
  • Histories of numbers and science
  • Disease, state of exception and histories of education
  • The role of universities in the history of education and states.



Small picture: Public school in Aalborg, 'Danmarksgade', approx.1890.
Photographer H. Tønnies (Aalborg Stadsarkiv)

Background: Public school in the village 'Vaarst' in Aalborg Municipality, approx. 1892

Panels, papers and posters
Programme and deadlines
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Organising Committee

Mette Buchardt
Mette Buchardt, Professor, Conference Convenor

Christian Ydesen
Christian Ydesen, Professor (WSR), Conference Convenor

Maria Simonsen
Maria Simonsen, Associate Professor

Karen Egedal Andreasen
Karen E. Andreasen, Associate Professor

Ole Ravn
Ole Ravn, Associate Professor

Lars Bang Jensen
Lars Bang Jensen, Associate Professor

Jin Hui Li, Assistant professor

Nanna Ramsing Enemark
Nanna Ramsing Enemark, PhD Fellow

Simon Holleufer, Research assistant


Marianne Ellersgaard, Conference Secretary