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The 2017 Donald Creighton Lecture: Elsbeth Heaman, “The Civilization of the Canadas in the 1860s”

April 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the Department of History’s keynote lecture, Professor Elsbeth Heaman of McGuil University 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.



April 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Upper Library & Common Lounge, Massey College
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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