Exploring the role of audio and visual technologies in the history of education

DATE: 22 & 23 April 2021

VENUE: KU Leuven, Belgium

This conference invites scholars from all theoretical backgrounds to address how the study of audio, visual and audiovisual media use in the classroom and the discourses surrounding them can contribute to our understanding of the history of education. The organizers welcome papers on a wide range of issues that offer insight into the introduction of these new technologies into the classroom, the construction of the multimodal classroom and the debates surrounding these media technologies. We encourage a focus on how educational actors experienced and responded to the increasing pressure to incorporate new media technologies into classroom routine and the promise of improved teaching efficiency that was attached to it. Moreover, by taking into account the entire network of pedagogues and reform-driven policymakers, media marketers and producers, school boards and teachers, the press, educational ideas and day-to-day classroom realities, the conference aims to shed light on the entangled nature of educational reform through the implementation of new media technology. These entanglements can be analyzed across different scales, ranging from the global – marked by empires, telecommunications, finance, international agencies – to the local, and on the power relations and ideologies at play, with consequences that can be explored at a variety of levels.