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the History of Education Date: June 30, 2009 Call for Papers for the open meeting of the Working Group for Historical Research on the Family of the History of Education section of the German Educational Research Association 28 – 30 January 2010 at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. [Abstract Deadline 31 July 2009] Family Cultures – (and) Family Traditions Family cultures and family traditions are receiving increased attention within and outside of scholarly circles, not least because they are held responsible for children’s and youths’ academic success or failure in international comparisons of academic achievement. In this context family cultures and traditions are viewed in connection with the socio-economic position of the family, with changes in lifestyle, and with the development of societal norms and values more generally. In the field of history, interest in the family initially emerged from theoretical debates about the possibilities and limitations of social- and cultural-historical approaches. This has given rise to increased attention toward the historical actors in micro-historical family biographies; however, historical research explicitly dedicated to family cultures and traditions remains rare. Thus the conference, drawing upon historical perspectives, asks about the within-family and societal meaning of family cultures and traditions, and their development. At its focus is the family as educational and socializing force which, alongside other social institutions, shapes the personality development of its members through generational relationships, forms and methods of child-rearing, and measures for socialization. This permits analytical access to the family on several levels. Microhistorically, family traditions are about the origins, embodiment and transfer of rituals, subjects, duties, norms, values, etc. within the family. Family cultures (including, for example, family lifestyles and generational relationships, the embodiment of children’s and youths’ living spaces within the family, family celebrations) can themselves be significantly shaped by family traditions. In macrohistorical perspective, salient questions focus on social, political, cultural and economic circumstances and structures and other influences on family cultures and traditions. Among other questions to be asked are those about the significance of possessing a particular social standing or belonging to a class, stratum or milieu and those about the ways in which public debates and positions regarding educational and family-policy measures affected family cultures and traditions. The conference seeks to address these research questions with regard to (the) time period(s) from the 18th century to the present. As the process of state formation in European societies which had begun in the early modern period intensified in the 18th century, the family gained new duties and new areas of responsibility, which were above all focused on the parent-child relationship: the family was transformed from a sustenance-focused collective to a collective focused on education and child-rearing. With this in mind the conference inquires, microhistorically-speaking, about family traditions and cultures in individual families, in networks of familial relations, and in social groups since the 18th century, both in particular time periods and with a view to long-term continuities and processes of transformation. Macrohistorically-speaking, the conference seeks to expand understandings of the development of, and continuity and change in family cultures and traditions in societies, both in individual epochs and as long-term historical processes. Transnational and internationally comparative studies are welcomed, as are individual case studies. In addition, presenters are invited to explore theoretical and methodological points of entry into relevant themes, tthe basis of historical and/or 21st-century source materials. Historical insights can help explain contemporary problems, just as an awareness of contemporary problems can open new perspectives on history. It is hoped that a view to current debates and research will aid in a more sophisticated identification of the historical genesis and forms of family cultures and traditions and their significance. We plan to have both historical and contemporary studies of family cultures and traditions at the conference, including a thematic panel discussing present-day family cultures and traditions from a historiographical perspective. Presentations (in English or German) should be no longer than 30 minutes. The deadline for (brief) proposals is 31 July 2009. Please send proposals to Prof. Dr. Carola Groppe at email@example.com. Prof. Dr. Carola Groppe Professor of Education, especially the History of Education Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg Postfach 700822 22008 Hamburg, GERMANY (firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. [+49] (0)40-6541-2854).