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 1850 during the advent of the early global era and the first industrial era. I am fascinated by the changes in material life and cultural practice in this period, particularly the reciprocal affects of Asian trade on world societies. I focus on Britain and Europe within a comparative context, recognizing the power of global exchanges. I employ economic, social and gender analyses in the study of a changing material world. 

In recent projects I integrated extensive object study into a wider investigation of cultural and economic change, with particular attention to variations in practice within Europe and Northern North America. Material evidence provides unique insights into the past and the techniques of material culture studies are another important element of my research.


Research
I am currently Principal Investigator of a SSHRC-funded Partnership Development Project (2014-2018) entitled: Object Lives & Global Histories in Northern North America: Networks, Localities & Material Culture, c. 1700s-1900s. www.objectlives.com



Teaching

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

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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
HIST 617 - Fashion and Material Culture: Politics, Economies, Societies, c. 1600-1900

Fall Term 2020
HIST 700 - Graduate Research and Writing

Research-intensive course in which students prepare and defend an article-length primary-source-based research paper. May be repeated for credit in different years as course content necessarily differs. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021
HIST 701 - Comprehensives and Candidacy Colloquium

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

Fall Term 2020

Scholarly Activities

Research - Object Lives and Global Trade in Northern North America: Networks, Localities and Material Culture, c. 1700s-1900s

Started: 20170312

Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America is a collaborative research project with Edmonton and Montreal as the geographic hubs for its enquiry. This project will explore the histories of material culture within these regions, linked to wider global flows of influence that arise from trade, colonialism and migration. The object histories will be developed through our project’s multi-disciplinary partnership, generating essential new knowledge about people and object interactions. The stories of the selected objects will be presented on the ‘Object Lives’ website, detailing the biographies of goods that acted as surrogates of early globalization and cross-cultural exchange.

Visit: www.objectlives.com


Publications

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