Session XXV, 7th NOVEMBER:An Empire of Schools: US-American Imperialism and Institutional Practices.

Person in charge:   Nicholas Miller (Universidade de Lisboa. Instituto de Ciencias Sociais, Projecto ERC The Colour of Labour)  

Language: English

Texts: Here are the readings Nic has selected for the seminar (two primary sources and one secondary reading):
Primary Readings:Jose Rizal, Noli me tangere (1887), ch. XIX, “Aventuras de un maesto de escuela”, 97-103 AND ch. XXXII, “La cabria”, 181-188.
Speeches from the 28th Annual Meeting of the National Educational Association (US), 1899: W.T. Harris, US Commissioner of Education, “An Educational Policy for Our New Possessions”, 69-79 AND Henry S. Townsend, Inspector General of Schools of the Republic of Hawaii, “The Educational Problem in Hawaii”, 79-85.
Secondary Reading: Mark Maca, “American Colonial Education Policy and Filipino Labour Migration to the US, 1900-1935”, Asia Pacific Journal of Education 37:3 (2017): 310-328: I have chosen this as the reading because it ambitiously tries an overview of educational policy in both Spanish and US colonial regimes, and ties the development of the US colonial system with extensive imperial labour movements to Hawaii and the US mainland.

Yet it is not perfect, and the discussion of the Spanish colonial system is not totally accurate (it does not deal critically with the narrative that there was basically no pre-existing primary public educational system, which was generated by US propagandists in the early c20th).

Nic offers you three alternatives of the Secondary Reading (de lectura voluntaria):
Hardacker, 2013 ( provides the most concise account of late Spanish colonial education policy in the Philippines, but is a bit dry. Does not push into US era.Swartz and Kallaway, 2018 (, editorial on imperial, global and local histories of colonial education. Of interest on a methodological level.Catherine Hall, “Making Colonial Subjects”, History of Education 37:6 (2008): 773-87. If we want to read a really good case study of imperial education

Venue: Centro Cultural La Corrala. Calle de Carlos Arniches, 3, 28005 Madrid. Aula Negra. 16:45.

Participants: Idham Badruzzaman, Marie Walin, Andrés Vicent, Luca di Mauro, Alejandro Martínez, Irene Mendoza, Ros Costelo, Gabriela de Lima Grecco, Begoña Barrera, Darina Martykánová, Pierre Salmon, Alejandro Camino, Arnaud Pierre

Darina Martykánová

Darina Martykánová is historian, dealing mainly with Spain and the Ottoman Empire. She works at the Departament of Modern History of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research focuses on the history of professions and on transnational circulation of knowledge. Her second line of research concerns the redefinition of masculinites in interaction with the discourse of "progress of civilisation".

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