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2022 Conference


The biennial Canadian History of Education Association (CHEA)/Association canadienne d’histoire de l’éducation conference (ACHÉ) will be held in-person.

Conference Dates: October 13th-15th, 2022Conference Location: Victoria, BC – Inn at Laurel Point.

Go to the conference registration page to register and pay for the conference. Registration closes September 26th, 2022.

Go to the conference accommodations and travel page to use discount codes to book The Inn at Laurel Point and to book discounted flights.

Go to the conference program page to see a program for the conference.

Go to the teachers’ day page to see information and register to attend teachers’ day as a K-12 teacher, at a reduced rate (lunch included).

Got to sponsorship page to learn about opportunities for your organization to sponsor the conference and sponsor recognition.

Deadline to submit a paper to present:  CLOSED.

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.

To submit a proposal go to:

For individual presentation proposals: 

·         Author(s) name(s); 

·         Institutional affiliation(s) (if any); 

·         Contact information, including email address; 

·         A single document that contains: 1) a 250-word abstract with the author(s) name(s), presentation title, topic, approach and conclusions; and 2) a one-page (max.) curriculum vitae (for each author) with name, affiliation, contact e-mail and recent publications and/or research activities.  

·         The above information should be compiled into one Word or PDF document.

For panel presentation proposals (3-4 individuals): 

·         Coordinating author’s name and institutional affiliation (if any); 

·         Contact information, including email address for the coordinating author;

·         A single document that contains: 1) A 100-word description of the panel theme, 2) a 250-word abstract for each panel presentation (no fewer than 3 and no more than 4 panelists) that includes author’s name, presentation title, topic, approach and conclusions; and 3) a one-page (max.) curriculum vitae (for each author) with name, affiliation, contact email and recent publications and/or research activities. 

·         The above information should be compiled into one Word or PDF document.

CHEA/ACHE also invites contributions to the ‘Thousand Words in a Picture’ session.

We welcome proposed presentations that consist of a photograph of an artifact, a place or an image and a short paper (maximum 1000 words) analyzing the picture’s historical significance and relevance to the conference theme. The picture will be projected during the delivery of the paper. This special session will take place during the opening of the Conference on the evening of October 13th.

For questions about the conference or for more information, please contact Jason Ellis

Vaccine and mask mandate

The conference will follow the British Columbia Public Health Office (PHO)’s proof of vaccination and masking rules.


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