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Colonialism and education in a comparative perspective. Analysing gendered civilizing missions (ca. 1850-1970)

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  • Thu 26 Oct 2017 09.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-10-26 9:00 2017-10-26 19:00 Europe/Paris Colonialism and education in a comparative perspective. Analysing gendered civilizing missions (ca. 1850-1970)

In recent years, education has received renewed attention from historians interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century colonial contexts. Influenced by new research in the fields of children’s studies and colonial studies, historians have attempted new approaches. They have, for example, turned to the study of educational practice and pedagogy in colonial settings, investigated the role age and race played in the colonial classroom and reflected on children’s agency in colonial educational structures. Related to this renew interest in colonial education, we see a re-evaluation of the idea of civilizing missions. This workshop aims to bring together these two eliciting developments. It also asks how the category of gender could be usefully introduced in this context. This question seems especially pertinent, given that many educational projects were ultimately aimed at the moral reform of indigenous families, thereby introducing new gendered practices. Educational practices in the classroom were also explicitly gendered. The workshop encourages a comparative approach on different levels, drawing from a body of scholarship that has demonstrated the fruitfulness of comparisons between different empires, colonies, regions and schools of different signatures. Contributions touch upon local contexts as diverse as colonial Indonesia, Turkey, Canada and India, and upon themes varying from physical labour to the disciplining of students’ sexuality and missionary education.

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  Sala del Capitolo - Badia Fiesolana

In recent years, education has received renewed attention from historians interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century colonial contexts. Influenced by new research in the fields of children’s studies and colonial studies, historians have attempted new approaches. They have, for example, turned to the study of educational practice and pedagogy in colonial settings, investigated the role age and race played in the colonial classroom and reflected on children’s agency in colonial educational structures. Related to this renew interest in colonial education, we see a re-evaluation of the idea of civilizing missions. This workshop aims to bring together these two eliciting developments. It also asks how the category of gender could be usefully introduced in this context. This question seems especially pertinent, given that many educational projects were ultimately aimed at the moral reform of indigenous families, thereby introducing new gendered practices. Educational practices in the classroom were also explicitly gendered. The workshop encourages a comparative approach on different levels, drawing from a body of scholarship that has demonstrated the fruitfulness of comparisons between different empires, colonies, regions and schools of different signatures. Contributions touch upon local contexts as diverse as colonial Indonesia, Turkey, Canada and India, and upon themes varying from physical labour to the disciplining of students’ sexuality and missionary education.


Location:
Sala del Capitolo - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Workshop

Contact:
Francesca Parenti - Send a mail

Organiser:
Kirsten Kamphuis

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