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ERIC Number: ED504797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 208
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8739-2727-4
Modelling the Future: Exhibitions and the Materiality of Education
Lawn, Martin, Ed.
Symposium Books
The role of World Exhibitions in the 19th and early 20th centuries was to confirm a relation between the nation state and modernity. As a display about industries, inventions and identities, the Exhibition, in a sense, put entire nations into an elevated, viewable space. It is a significant element in modernity as comparisons can be made, progress is assumed and the future can be made manageable. The Exhibition links the national and local, with the international and global. Nationalism and internationalism are in tension in the space, and so is the relation between government, business and media. The educational dimension of Exhibitions is an area of research rich in possibilities for historians of education. It is a dimension of comparative education which illuminates classifications and genealogies, networks and audiences, cross border industries of education, and the factors which shape discursive and technical exchanges. Displays of education objects can be read as demonstrations of modernity in education and schooling. They were catalogues of the future. Contents include: Introduction (Martin Lawn); Sites of the Future: Comparing and Ordering New Educational Actualities (Martin Lawn); Ethnohistory and Materiality of Education: In the Setting of the Universal Exhibitions (Agustin Escolano Benito); All the World into the School: World's Fairs and the Emergence of the School Museum in the Nineteenth Century (Eckhardt Fuchs); The Formation and Transformation of Education in Japan through Exhibitions: Focused on the Educational Museum Founded in 1877 (Kayoko Komatsu); Fashioning Writing Machines: Typewriting and Handwriting Exhibits at US World's Fairs 1893-1915 (Noah W. Sobe and Carrie B. Rackers); Teaching the Empire: The Weekly Bulletin of Empire Study and the British Empire Exhibition, London, 1924 (Ian Grosvenor); The Spectacle of Schooling and the Construction of the Nation in Argentina's Participation in World Exhibitions (1867-1889) (Ines Dussel); The Bu and the Book: Images of Spain and Spanish Education in the World Fairs of the Nineteenth Century (1851-1900) (Maria del Mar del Pozo Andres); and "More of a School than a Show"?: Events in Glasgow, 1888-1988 (David Limond.) Contributor information is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United Kingdom (London)