Teaching & Learning in Early Modern England: Skills & Knowledge in Practice

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

1-2 September 2016

 Organised by Jennifer Bishop & John Gallagher

Supported by the Royal Historical Society and the Cambridge History Faculty

 DAY 1: 1 September 2016

8.30 – 9.00: Registration and welcome

9.00 – 10.30: Embodied skills: bells, boats, & servants

Richard Blakemore (Oxford), ‘What belongs to a seaman’: learning maritime skills in early modern Britain’.

Katherine Hunt (Oxford), ‘If all the World were Paper: learning bell-ringing from printed notation’.

Robert Stearn (Birkbeck), ‘Boring servants’ ears: the shape of fidelity taught in early modern England’.

10.30 – 10.50: Coffee break

10.50 – 12.20: Practical literacies

Phil Withington (Sheffield), ‘Literacies and social practice in early modern England’.

Amanda Pullan (Lancaster), ‘Women, classical learning, and needlework in 17th-century Britain’.

Jennifer Bishop (Cambridge), ‘Everybody wants to be a clerk: becoming a professional writer in early modern London’.

12.20 – 1.10: Lunch

1.10 – 2.40: Knowledge that counts: numeracy, mathematics, and accounting (for oneself)

Becky Tomlin (Cambridge), ‘Teaching the ‘Exquisite Art’: books, book-keeping and the transmission of knowledge in 16th– and 17th-century London’.

Mordechai Levy-Eichel (Princeton), ‘‘Into the Mathematical Ocean’: Mathematics, Navigation, and Self-Education in the Early Modern Atlantic World’.

Lizzie Swann (Cambridge), ‘‘The Science of Living Blessedly’: Practical Theology & Craft Knowledge in Reformation England’.

2.40 – 3.00: Coffee break

3.00 – 4.30: Roundtable: Teach yourself; or, how to use a how-to book

Richard Oosterhoff (Cambridge), ‘From recipes to autodidacts? Self-help in 17th-century England’.

James Fisher (KCL), ‘How does a book learn? The appropriation and codification of agricultural knowledge’.

Barbara Crosbie (Durham), ‘Education made easy: learning and teaching in Newcastle-upon-Tyne’.

Sian Prosser (Royal Astronomical Society), ‘Using the library of the Spitalfields Mathematical Society as evidence of an informal learning network’.

Matthew Symonds (UCL), ‘‘Poco y bueno’: Gabriel Harvey’s language and other skills’.

4.30 – 4.45: Coffee break

4.45 – 6.15: Reimagining the schoolroom

Cathy Shrank (Sheffield), ‘‘Fully instructed by way of dialogue’: teaching skills in early modern England’.

Emily Hansen (York), ‘Understanding the usher in early modern English grammar schools’.

Anthony W. Johnson, Aleksi Mäkilähde and Tommi Alho (Academy of Finland, ‘Orationes’ Project), ‘Skills and knowledge in the Restoration schoolroom: exploring George Lovejoy’s speechbook’.

Register by emailing teachingandlearning2016@gmail.com – registration closes on 8 August.

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