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Guest Lecture

Canadian Childhoods in the 19th Century

Guest lecture by Prof. Catherine Larochelle (University of Montreal) 

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, 4 p.m., via Zoom 

This lecture is organized as part of the seminar "PS: American Childhoods Through Literature and Culture," taught by Dr. Mahshid Mayar. To participate in the lecture, please register via american-studies@uni-koeln.de.


Catherine Larochelle (Université de Montréal):  Childhood, Youth and Social Regulation in 19th Century Canada

In the 19th century, European and American societies experienced a religious revival. This took different forms. The revival of missionary activity and the care of children "in danger" were two of its manifestations. The question of children in difficulty has given rise to numerous historical works on specific national or local cases. The Western character of this questioning is expressed in several transnational syntheses. This concern for the child to be "protected" or "saved" is a corollary of the moral and philosophical reflection on childhood that led, at the beginning of the 19th century, to its conceptualization as innocence.

In this talk, we will examine the various manifestations of this social regulation of childhood in Canada throughout the 19th century from a colonial and transnational perspective: orphanages, nurseries, residential schools, delinquency, reform schools, labour laws, etc.

Catherine Larochelle is professor in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal, Canada, and a member of the editorial board of the journal HistoireEngagée.ca. Her research interests intersect with the history of childhood and youth, the history of imperialism representations in Quebec/Canada, representations of Indigenous peoples and the history of the French-Canadian missionary movement. She is the author of L’école du racisme. La construction de l’altérité à l’école québécoise 1830-1915 published by Presses de l’Université de Montréal in 2021. An English translation of her book will be published by University of Manitoba Press. She is now working on the history of the Catholic organisation the Holy Childhood Association.

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Guest lecture by Anne Korfmacher (University of Cologne) 

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022, 2 p.m., Building 103, Room S63

More information: TBA

This lecture is organized as part of the seminar "PSSP: New Golden Age TV: Crimes and Other Disasters," taught by Verena Wurth. To participate in the lecture, please register via american-studies@uni-koeln.de.