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This paper will present the key ideas I developed in the book I have just completed, Educating Differently: Changing pedagogies for girls and boys in eighteenth-century England. My book is not the first to interrogate and challenge representations, assumptions and contradictions about middle-and upper-class male and female education in the long eighteenth century, but it is the first to do so in comparative perspective using pedagogy as lens and frame of analysis. Pedagogy is not only 'a method of teaching based on the theory or principles of education’ (OED), it is also, as Robin Alexander has argued, ‘a window on the culture of which it is a part, and on that culture's underlying tensions and contradictions’. In eighteenth-century educational discourses, these translated into power relations which I explored by analysing pedagogies of classical and modern subjects, and the uncharted terrain of the relations between them. These were complex, involving resistance, compliance and submission. I argue that that over the course of the long eighteenth century, they contributed to establishing the pedagogy of Latin as a hegemonic pedagogy, with significant consequences for gender and social class. 


NB this will be a ‘hybrid’ seminar with some (max 35) audience members (including convenors and the presenter) at Senate House (Bloomsbury Room G35). The session will start at the slightly later time of 17:30. Those attending in person are asked to bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop, tablet or phone.


All welcome- this event is free to attend, but advance booking is required.