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CfP: International Workshop on The Politics of Family Secrecy

International Workshop at University of Copenhagen, April 23 – 24, 2020 
Call for Papers
Illegitimate children, adoption, queer sexuality, mental illness, incest, family violence, treason, venereal disease, drug addiction, alcoholism, suicide… Every family has a skeleton in the closet or so the saying goes.

Historical Studies in Education / Revue d'histoire de l'éducation - The Spring 2019 issue is now online! Le numéro de printemps 2019 est disponible!

Editors: Penney Clark and Mona Gleason, The University of British Columbia

Contents / Table des matières - Spring / printemps 2019


A Middle Class Farming Family Negotiates “the Rural School Problem” in Interwar Australia | Kay Whitehead

Bringing Education to the Wilderness: Teachers and Schools in the Rural Communities of British Columbia, 1936–45 | Helen Raptis

Re: Names children invent for places that matter to them

Dear Jeremy,

I am glad the points I raised in my last comment were of interest for your work.

The Nelson Brothers collection is totally worth a visit to Amherst College, when you can. The breadth of material these boys created around their imaginary play world is both exemplary and, I am sure, common to a wider number of children than we know about -- records lost to time and to archival practices that have a marked preference for records/evidence/documents produced by adults.

Names children invent for places that matter to them

I'm doing some research on the history of chidren's toponyms and wonder if anyone has come across any interesting examples? I'm particularly interested in toponyms that inscribe a wider literary, historical or geographical consciousness e.g. Ida Gandy's memoirs refer to a small conifer plantation as 'Noah's Ark'.  Quite a bit of work has been done on maps in children's literature, which often feature toponyms invented by fictional children (i.e.