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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Rewriting Childhood: science, education and the graphic foundations of knowledge

18th February 2016, 17:30 to 18:30, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Dr Matthew Eddy, Durham University

The history of childhood has become an important field of study in recent years. One of its exciting characteristics is that it attracts researchers from a rich variety of disciplines. Yet, despite this popularity, histories of pre-Victorian childhood often struggle to engage directly with evidence that was made or (conclusively) used by girls and boys, either in specialised settings or on a daily basis. This paper seeks to develop and extend the material and visual history of childhood by focusing on the kinds of graphic evidence made or used by children in British educational settings from circa 1760 to 1820. The term ‘graphic’ will be interpreted widely to mean the skills or materials used to manually represent knowledge on paper (or similar forms of media) through writing or drawing. Addressing topics relevant to both the sciences and humanities, the paper seeks to expand the evidentiary foundation of late Enlightenment childhood by showing that there was a variety of graphic genres and that the acts of writing and drawing were treated as important knowledge-making activities in their own right. 

This lecture is free and open to all.

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