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ECER 2015 and the Refugees Crisis

In the same weeks in which the European Conference on Educational Research has taken place in Budapest, Europe has been a theatre of dramatic and violent conflicts amongs migrants and police forces.

As researchers and European citizens, the convenors of the Network 17 “Histories of Education” do not want to look away.

For this reason, we share the statements discussed during The Moot – EERA Council and now published in an edited version on the blog Refugees Ecer 2015 | Amplifying the voices of refugees (

Recurring crises have transformed Europe and its peoples throughout the centuries. The current refugee crisis and its human and educational implications were discussed intensively at the annual European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in September 2015. Educational researchers emphasize that research and education are central to the framing of ideas and the construction of life chances. We collectively call upon educational researchers across Europe and beyond to reflect on and act according to our moral and intellectual responsibilities.

Educational researchers are responsible for paying attention as best as they can, to be as discerning as they can about the particular situation. And this means that on the one hand we should absolutely avoid a hierarchy between ‘migrants’, ‘strangers’, ‘refugees’, but we should nevertheless recognize the need of efforts to not conflate the issues they name, particularly also in the present situation
Educational researchers could try to find/invent ways to be objected or contradicted not only by ‘facts’ and ‘arguments’ (that is based on its own rules and languages defining on beforehand what is taken as valid way of objecting) but also by those that are affected by it (and which do not speak the language or know the rules)

Educational research should not only follow contemporary issues, be they national or European. Instead of only keeping pace with societal developments, our research agenda should challenge and actively rework that what is happening today.
We, as educational researchers, recognize that within the overall population of displaced persons, there will be many who are educators and students of various kinds. We should find opportunities to collaborate with them and involve our institutions in these kinds of collaborations.



University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 9-12 June 2016

This conference invites applications from postgraduate students in the history of Education with an interest in the histories of educational spaces and discourses and new ways of working with images, artefacts, and archives. Leading international historians of education will give lectures and workshops, and offer advice concerning the research process. There will be opportunities for students to discuss their dissertation projects with fellow doctoral candidates and receive comments from prominent scholars in the field.

The summer school started as an initiative of EERA’s Network 17, ‘Histories of Education’, and is the seventh conference in a series of successful events that started in Ghent in 2010 and was followed by meetings in Birmingham 2011, Lisbon 2012, Hamburg 2013, Umeå 2014 and Luxembourg 2015. This edition of the summer school is organised by the University of Groningen.

The conference is supported by the

• Stichting Paedagogica Historica;
• History of Education Society, UK;
• European Educational Research Association (EERA);
• International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE);
• Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen.

The number of participants is limited to 30 students. The conference language is English.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. Accommodation and meals will be provided, but delegates will have to cover the cost for their travel to Groningen. Application forms can be retrieved from and should be sent to Closing date for applications is 31 December 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified in February 2016.

Advisors/Tutors: María del Mar del Pozo Andrés (University of Alcalá, Spain), Ian Grosvenor (University of Birmingham, UK), Fabio Pruneri (University Degli Studi di Sassari, Italy), Noah Sobe (Loyola University Chicago, US), Frank Simon, Angelo Van Gorp (Ghent University, Belgium), Hilda Amsing, Nelleke Bakker, Jeroen Dekker, Sanne Parlevliet, Piet van der Ploeg (University of Local organisers: Jeroen Dekker (chair), Hilda Amsing, Nelleke Bakker, Linda Greveling, Sanne For formal queries (e.g., regarding eligibility criteria, application form),
contact: Angelo Van Gorp, Summer School lead (

For practical queries (e.g., regarding travel, venue, meals, accompanying persons), contact: Hilda Amsing, representative of the LoC (