The 2017 Donald Creighton Lecture: Elsbeth Heaman
Start Date and Time:
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6:00PM
End Date and Time:
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00PM
Professor Elsbeth Heaman, McGill University
Professor Elsbeth Heaman examines the complicated academic and political uses of “civilization” in Canada during the 1860s and their afterlife. Modern history emerged as a scholarly discipline around the history of civilization but Canadian legislators, even as they boasted of their racialized civilizing mission, constitutionally divested the nation state of anything but “commercial and political interests.” History as a discipline and as a cognitive activity suffered from that devolution of social and cultural identities: it narrowed, depoliticized, and fragmented across different academic fields.
Reception to follow in the Common Lounge, Massey College.
Elsbeth Heaman, a historian at McGill University, received her PhD from the University of Toronto. She works broadly on topics of social, political, and cultural history. Recent and forthcoming books are A Short History of the State in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History, 1867-1917 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017).
- Department of History
Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 2E1