Beverly Lemire, DPhil, MA, BA
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.
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (2003); Member, Order of Canada (2023)
Fashioning Empire: Race, Gender & Material Culture, c. 1660-1820
Funded by the Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant, 2022-25.
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 thematic historical strands that explore the racialism promoted or resisted through the making, maintenance and movement of material culture. Racialized white-washing and laundry form one of these strands, as does the role of free and enslaved Black women in fashion sectors. Imperial whiteness in dress and policies contrast with the resistance of enslaved. Fashion was used both as a pillar of empire and a means to resist.
I incorporate material culture study into my courses through a variety of techniques and visits to museum collections on campus.
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&
Winner of the Horowitz Book Prize for the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas published in 2021.
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.
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.
The evolution and practice of fashion as a social, economic, political and cultural phenomenon from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: 3 units in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.
Research - Fashioning Empire: Race, Gender & Material Culture, c. 1660-1820
This project studies objects and object systems to better understand the ways race and racial hierarchies became integral to western society, to expressions of
gender and everyday life. Clothing and other everyday media are my focus; habits and routines are explored including the reification of whiteness in dress and laundry.
Amsterdam. 2024 February; Floral Culture in the Tudor and Stuart Courts, ed. Susannah Lyon-Whaley
Editors: Christopher Breward, Beverly Lemire & Giorgio Riello
Cambridge, UK. 2023 July; 11. 1-1524
London & New York. 2023 June; Routledge International Handbook of Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, eds., Rikke Andreasse, Catrin Lundström, Suvi Keskinen, and Shirley Anne Tate 10.4324/9781003120612-12
London. 2023 March; Formative Modernities in the Early Modern Atlantic and Beyond: Identities, Polities and Glocal Economies, Veronika Hyden-Hanscho and Werner Stangle, eds.
Amsterdam. 2023 February; In-Between Textiles: Weaving Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World, Beatriz Marin-Aquilera and Stefan Hanss, eds.
Paris. 2022 July; Album Holker. The Holker Album. Textile Samples and Industrial Espionage in the 18th Century, Ariane Fennetaux & John Styles, eds.
New York. 2022 February; Writing Material Culture History, 2nd ed. Anne Gerritsen & Giorgio Riello, eds
MAVCOR Journal (mavcor.yale.edu). 2021 April;
Edited by Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers and Anne Whitelaw
Montreal. 2021 January;
Montreal & Kingston. 2020 February; Reinventing the Economic History of Industrialisation, Kristine Bruland, Anne Gerritsen, Pat Hudson & Giorgio Riello, eds.
co-editors Beverly Lemire and Giorgio Riello
2019 January; 10.4324/9781351028745
2019 January; Dressing Global Bodies, Beverly Lemire & Giorgio Riello, eds
2018 January; 10.1017/9780511978814
Cultural and Social History. 2016 January; 31 (1):1-23 10.1080/14780038.2016.1133493
Journal of British Studies. 2015 February; 54 (2):288-319 10.1017/jbr.2015.7
Janice Helland, Beverly Lemire & Alena Buis, eds.
London. 2014 September;
Textile: Journal of Cloth & Culture, Special Issue. 2012 May; 10 (2):306-324 10.2752/175183512X13315695424392
Oxford. 2011 May;
Beverly Lemire, ed.
London. 2010 September;
Beverly Lemire, ed.
London. 2010 August;
Manchester, UK. 2005 January;
Beverly Lemire, Ruth Pearson, and Gail Campbell, eds.
Oxford. 2001 September;
Basingstoke, UK. 1997 January;
Fashion's Favourite: The Cotton Trade and the Consumer in Britain, c. 1660-1800
Oxford. 1991 January;