British Journal of Educational Studies Call for Papers

Writers and their Education

British Journal of Educational Studies

Writers and their Education brings together scholarly examination of conceptions, perceptions and representations of education in the life and works of writers across all genres of literary fiction (drama, fiction, poetry, including children’s literature) and academic writing in the arts, humanities and social sciences with a critical appraisal of their significance and value for the academic field of Education Studies.

The Writers and their Education Colloquium now invites open submissions from authors and academic with interests in, though not limited to, the following themes:

  1. New biographic or autobiographic accounts of writer’s relation to education, gained through both primary and secondary research.
  2. Historical accounts of writers own educations and related formative experiences.
  3. Literature, politics and security.
  4. Literature, philosophy and education.
  5. Research writing in the arts, humanities and the (social and life and physical sciences), including educational research and educational research histories.
  6. New methodological approaches, particularly those which encourage or make use of archival research linking education and literature through social, cultural and political histories.
  7. Perspectives which explore the importance and influence of different literary genres (the novel, poetry, the theatre) in and for education at all levels – early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education.
  8. Theoretical perspectives – critical theory, including feminist, postcolonial, and related frameworks which challenge the institutional hegemony of dominant educational and cultural systems as exchange systems perpetuating inequalities of power and sustaining systemic inequalities.
  9. Explorations of how literary and cultural conceptions of text and freedom of expression can be used to inform and provide fresh perspectives on contemporary educational issues and educational policy, including politically challenging voices for established educational institutions and practices.
  10. Modern multi- and social media perspectives on the changing nature of texts and its implication on educational practice.
  11. Creative writing as a field of education, including in community-based contexts and as a now established course of study and research in universities, including readers’ groups.
  12. Explorations of all genres are invited but particularly important are those which give voice to children and to authors specialising in children’s literature.
  13. Radical and protest literature, theatre, social media.
  14. International perspectives are especially welcome, particularly those which provide voice to lesser heard literary and narrative voices, including the Commonwealth, and Southern hemisphere literature.

Submission Information

The Colloquium is fully costed thanks to generous funding from the Society for Educational Studies and places are limited to 100 delegates, the Colloquium costs including High Table, all others meals, and accommodation at Oriel College.

Expressions of interest in either attendance or presenting a paper should be submitted ideally before 30 June 2018, and conjointly to:

Submissions should include a short title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a brief 100 word biographical statement.

Annual Colloquium Information

Theme: Writers and their Education
Oriel College, University of Oxford
20-21 September 2018

The Society for Educational Studies is supported by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Colloquium Conveners 

Liam Gearon (University of Oxford) and Emma Williams (University of Warwick) have an established collaborative track record of scholarship and research at the interface of philosophy, literature and education. They were holders of a Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain large grant for a Seminar Series on Philosophy, Literature and Education over 2015-16, successfully convening three seminars at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford (December 2015), University of Warwick (February 2016), and the British Academy, London (May 2016). They are currently guest editors of the Journal of Philosophy of Education on Philosophy, Literature and Education (Gearon and Williams 2018) and the British Journal of Educational Studies on Writers and their Education (Gearon and Williams 2019).

Keynote lecturers include:

  • Professor Sara Darius, Univeristy of Stockholm, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, (which oversees the award of the Nobel Prize in Literature)
  • Professor Homi Bhabha, Harvard University
  • Professor Noel Carroll, New York University 
  • Professor Anthony Cascardi, University of California at Berkeley
  • Associate Professor Eileen John, University of Warwick
  • Professor Ivor Goodson, University of Brighton