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Key Moments of Education Policy towards the Poor

Envisioned Results

In practical terms, the collaborative research is going to be organized around a series of workshops, in which the “key moments” of education policy, which have been identified in the sub-projects, will be introduced and discussed. This will enable us to see where different chronologies meet and thus identify and further analyse points of condensation of educational politics and policy-debates. In addition, an international conference on “Key moments of education policy towards the ‘poor’ in the long twentieth century” is planned. This conference will serve both as an opportunity for presenting preliminary results of the “Key Moment” project as a whole and as a forum to bring our research in conversation with similar work on other regions of the world. Together with the workshop series, the conference will enable us to publish the results of our research in the form of two joint publications, one special issue in a refereed journal and one edited volume, by 2017.

The most important result, however, will be an open electronic resource depository. The depository will consist of a collection of digitized documents on key moments of educational policy towards the poor, which will be presented together with introductory comments by the researchers involved in the “Key Moments” project. The main body of sources will be collected for the long 20th century, since, so far, the educational history of the 19th century is much better documented. This electronic resource depository will facilitate original research on such key moments in the form of research articles, monographs or edited volumes. It will allow us to rethink established chronologies in the history of education in India from colonial times to the present, and enable us to explore different levels of continuity and change. Moreover, it will contribute to a better understanding of the ambiguous effects of education reforms and policies on the lives of the poor.