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Textbooks for the Victorian Empire: Bringing book history and digital humanities to the challenges of colonial historiography

Event #1113
Textbooks for the Victorian Empire: Bringing book history and digital humanities to the challenges of colonial historiography
When: 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

15:00 - 16:30
Where: 

LIB-Library 405 - Open Space

Series: 
Association event
Who can attend: 
All Congress registrants
Language: 
English

How should scholars position the role of the humble schoolbook in conveying the powerful message of imperial greatness to generations of children? Conveyed indirectly through reiterations of the Whig narrative of English greatness, historical writing reinforced three of the most persistent (though thoroughly debunked) myths of modernity: that literacy, the printing press, and a culture of the written word are the necessary preconditions of civilization. After offering some examples of how schoolbooks worked, and how they travelled, the lecture will propose a digital humanities solution to the historiographical and bibliographical challenges described.

Speakers: Leslie Howsam, Professor Emerita and Distinguished Professor of History, University of Windsor