Beverly Lemire, DPhil, MA, BA

Professor & Tory Chair, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept

Contact

Professor & Tory Chair, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
Email
beverly.lemire@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-3327
Address
2-19 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Overview

About

My research is focused on the period from 1600 to about 1850 during the advent of the early global era, attending to imperial and industrial forces. I am fascinated by the changes in material life and cultural practice in this period. I focus on the British imperial world, as well as global and comparative topic, recognizing the power of global exchanges. Issues of gender and race are explored through a study of material culture and entanglement.

Material evidence provides unique insights into the past and the techniques of material culture studies are an important element of my research.



Research

White Shirts & Moccasins: Race & Material Practice in the Anglo-World, c. 1700-1900

How did racist thinking become everyday? How was it spread through material practice? How were racism and resistance manifest through material culture? 

This project combines three historical strands that explore the racialism promoted or resisted through the making, maintenance and movement of material culture. 1) racialized white-washing laundry; 2) the movement of Indigenous-made arts, with a case study of resonant moccasins; 3) Proto-museums directed by imperial men sprang up from c. 1800 and they will provide a framework for the two strands of material culture, as white-shirted imperial men collected Indigenous arts, bringing empire “home.” Imperial whiteness in dress and policies contrast with the complex agency of Indigenous arts. These material systems will reveal complex histories of racialization, resistance and meaning.


Teaching

I incorporate material culture study into my courses through a variety of techniques and visits to museum collections on campus.


Announcements

A collected volume is published from the collaborative project, based in our department: "Object Lives & Global Histories in Northern North America, c. 1780-1980"

Graduate students, a post-doctoral fellow and several faculty participated over four years in this venture. www.objectlives.com

Co-edited with Laura Peers and Anne Whitelaw, Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c. 1780-1980 (MQUP, 2021).

https://www.mqup.ca/object-lives-and-global-histories-in-northern-north-america-products-9780228003984.php?page_id=46&

Courses

HECOL 464 - Fashion and Material Culture: Politics, Economies, Societies, c. 1600-1900

Examines the evolution and practice of fashion as a social, economic, political and cultural phenomenon from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Normally offered in alternate years.

Fall Term 2021
HECOL 664 - Fashion and Material Culture: Politics, Economies, Societies, c. 1600-1900

Examines the evolution and practice of fashion as a social, economic, political and cultural phenomenon from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 464.

Fall Term 2021
HIST 405 - Fashion and Material Culture c. 1600-1900

The evolution and practice of fashion as a social, economic, political and cultural phenomenon from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2021
HIST 617 - Fashion and Material Culture: Politics, Economies, Societies, c. 1600-1900

Fall Term 2021
HIST 701 - Comprehensives and Candidacy Colloquium

Preparation for the comprehensive and candidacy exams. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Fall Term 2021

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Scholarly Activities

Research - White Shirts & Moccasins

Started: 2020

I am currently working with Giorgio Riello and Christopher Breward on a two volume collection for Cambridge University Press,

Cambridge Global History of Fashion, which will be a landmark assessment of the features and power of fashion from ancient to contemporary times, from around the globe.


Publications

Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c. 1780-1980
Author(s): co-edited by Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers and Anne Whitelaw
Publication Date: 2021
Publication: Montreal
Page Numbers: 1-450
External Link: https://www.mqup.ca/object-lives-and-global-histories-in-northern-north-america-products-9780228003984.php?page_id=46&
"Threads of Empire: Indigenous Wares and Material Ecologies in the 'Anglo-World', c. 1780-1920"
Author(s): Beverly Lemire
Publication Date: 2/1/2020
Page Numbers: 229-246
External Link: https://www.mqup.ca/reinventing-the-economic-history-of-industrialisation-products-9780228000914.php
Dressing Global Bodies: the Political Power of Dress in World History
Author(s): co-editors Beverly Lemire and Giorgio Riello
Publication Date: 2019
Page Numbers: 1-332
External Link: https://www.routledge.com/Dressing-Global-Bodies-The-Political-Power-of-Dress-in-World-History/Lemire-Riello/p/book/9781138493186
"Shirts and Snowshoes: Imperial Agendas and Indigenous Agency in Globalizing North America, c. 1660-1800" in Dressing Global Bodies, eds. Beverly Lemire & Giorgio Riello
Author(s): Beverly Lemire
Publication Date: 2019
Page Numbers: 65-84
External Link: https://www.routledge.com/Dressing-Global-Bodies-The-Political-Power-of-Dress-in-World-History/Lemire-Riello/p/book/9781138493186?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyY_0neGK7gIVAY9bCh2q-gGBEAAYASAAEgJr5vD_BwE
A Question of Trousers: Seafarers, Masculinity and Empire in the Shaping of British Male Dress
Author(s): Beverly Lemire
Publication: Cultural and Social History
Volume: 31
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-23
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/lemire/6a05c2137bbf421f9cc4406f9a7941d5/aquestionoftrousersseafarersmasculinityandempireintheshapingofbritishmaledressc160018001.pdf
Men of the World: British Mariners, Consumer Practice, and Material Culture in an Era of Global Trade, c. 1660-1800
Author(s): Beverly Lemire
Publication: Journal of British Studies
Volume: 54
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 288-319
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/lemire/0c51c1b76f414112985432fc6f5bcc5c/s0021937115000076a.pdf
Global Trade and the Transformation of Consumer Cultures. The Material World Remade, c. 1500-1820
Author(s): Beverly Lemire
External Link: www.cambridge.org/9780521141055
The Business of Everyday Life: Gender, Practice & Social Politics in England, c. 1600s-1900s
Author(s): Beverly Lemire
External Link: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719072239/
The Secondhand Trade in Europe and Beyond: Stages of Development and Enterprise in a Changing Material World c. 1600-1850
Author(s): Beverly Lemire
Publication: Textile: Journal of Cloth & Culture, Special Issue
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 306-324
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/lemire/c5699ad51f654c07be0eeb4ffae47f30/s2-tex1002-0144.pdf