History education in its ‘closed’ and ‘open’ minded manifestations is a central concern to all states’ and jurisdictions’ whose constituencies include politicians, government agencies, cultural institutions and organisations, the armed forces & police, security service, the judiciary, capitalists, educationalists, academia, the media, parents and children and the public at large.
HEIRNET, the acronym for the History Educators’ International Research Network reflects several musings: as an heir of history; as a protective hairnet; as being wild, fleeting hare like with even hare-brained ideas; as a catch all net for all aspects of history education; as a semantic historical network of nodes and filaments; and as a digital age social and professional network.
In 2004 Dr. Hilary Cooper, Professor of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria and Dr Jon Nichol of Exeter University’s History Education Centre organized a conference for history educators at Ambleside, Cumbria, in northern England. Amazingly, about 40 people from every continent attended what turned out to be, a very exciting conference, the hallmark of which was its friendly atmosphere. We decided to meet annually, something we have continued to do ever since.
What we do: annual conferences, 2004-18
The Ambleside conference led to increasingly patronized and successful conferences, which were characterized by friendliness and informality, irrespective of academic status. Conferences have annually taken in place in varied locations, significantly usually where history is a hotly contested subject, including South Africa, the USA, Brazil, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Cyprus and Slovenia as well as England. This year we are meeting in Vienna, Austria, home of our patron saint, Karl Popper. Our ethos continues to be friendliness and acceptance, with all HEIRNETers being on an equal footing and treated equally.
What we do: publications, 2002-2018
2002-2018 From 2002-18 HEIRNET published the International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research (IJHLTR, r.i.p.) in association with the Universities of Exeter, Cumbria and the Historical Association.
2018 In 2018 the University College London, Institute of Education Pres, [UCL IOE Press] became the publisher of IJHLTR, relaunched as the History Education Research Journal (HERJ) that Arthur Chapman of UCL IOE, Hilary Cooper and Jon Nichol edit with the support of an editorial board.
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HERJ is a peer-reviewed journal published on line with free, world wide access, twice each year. Please note that HERJ will make available the 30 previous editions of IJHLTR – see the HERJ section of this website.
HEIRNET Annual Conference and HERJ
- Presenters of papers at the HEIRNET annual conference can submit papers for possible publication in HERJ.
- Papers that are successfully refereed for HERJ but which the journal is unable to publish, for reasons of space mainly, will be posted on the PUBLICATIONS section of the HEIRNET website.
- The website will also separately publish HEIRNET conference papers, reports, resources, PowerPoints, abstracts for conference presentations, list of presentations with authors, titles, affiliation and contact details – see the PUBLICATIONS section of this website.
Jon Nichol and Hilary Cooper, with Michael Mitchell, continue to organize the annual HEIRNET conferences, supported by a conference committee of past, current and future conference hosts. HEIRNET responds in particular to the advice of its conference committee, see table below, making annual changes to reflect the interests of colleagues and the evolving nature of and challenges to history education. Two significant such 2018 changes are the launch of the History Education Research Journal, HERJ, whose publisher is the University College London Institute of Education [UCL IOE] and a permanent HEIRNET website.