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Conference 2024

CHEA/ACHÉ 21stBiennial Conference



Conference Dates: October 17-19, 2024

Conference Location: Ottawa, Ontario – Lord Elgin 

Deadline for Submissions: May 10, 2024


Theme: Histories of Contemporary Issues in Education/History Education in Contemporary Times

The global pandemic and its aftermath have brought to the fore histories of the now. As we navigate our own positions within this historical moment, how do we, as historians of education and history educators, address contemporary issues? 


o   “Close” or “contemporary” history

o   History of the present

o   Perceptions of time and historical consciousness and defining “contemporary”

o   History of educational policy and historical thinking applied to educational policy

o   History for justice

o   Presentism

Papers on any topic in the history of education or history education are also welcomed.


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.

Submission Details:

Complete the Microsoft form using the links provided below.

For individual presentation proposals:


For panel presentation proposals (3-4 four individuals):


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


These presentations 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 22nd.


To submit a proposal for the ‘Thousand Words in a Picture’ session:



For questions about the conference or for more information, please contact Gemma Porter at 


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