Contact Address

Tracey Hodgson

24 Harle Street


Co Durham DH7 8HX

<[email protected]>

Dear Colleague,

History of Youth and Community Conference 6th -8th March 2009

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the forthcoming History of Youth and Community Work Study Conference. Organised, like the previous five, by the editorial board of Youth and Policy.

Like earlier gatherings this will include a mix of plenary sessions, workshops and ‘surprise’ events. Amongst the plenary speakers will be Gabriel Eichsteller on the history of social pedagogy and Catriona Kelly (Oxford University), author of two major books on the Pioneers and growing up in Soviet Russia. There will be a number of workshops on the Albemarle Report published fifty years ago and at least one to mark the fortieth anniversary of the launch of the Community Development Programme.

At the heart of each conference are the workshops. Usually numbering around 20. The breadth is always impressive covering an enormous range of topics linked to the history of youth work, adult education and community work. As before some will focus on the historical development of practice in countries outside the UK. A feature of this conference is that around a third of those attending deliver a workshop. This is a relaxed gathering of enthusiasts keen to talk to and learn from each other. Amongst those already promised are workshops on – youth work as social medicine revisited; on the anarchism and informal education; Robert Owen and the origins of the community school and community work; youth work with girls and young women; the history of the Community Development Projects; and the history of the CYWU.

If you are planning to attend we do hope you will consider offering a workshop. If this is not feasible simply come along and enjoy the wide variety that will inevitably be provided by participants.

The conference takes place in Ushaw College near Durham. Designed by Pugin the college, set amidst beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Durham, is amongst the most architecturally significant buildings in the north of England. If you would like more details please write or e.mail Tracey Hodgson at the above address.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Hodgson and Tony Jeffs

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