Ethnohistory of the School. Representations of Modernity


  • Agustín Escolano-Benito Universidad de Valladolid / Centro Internacional de la Cultura Escolar [CEINCE]



Modernity, Ethnohistory, Hermeneutics, Universal exhibitions, Dialectics tradition/Innovation, Iconography


This study analyses and discusses the historiographic construct “modernity” and the problem of its representations and their readings and interpretations. It examines the question based on two exemplifications, with the aid of iconographic sources, attributing to them the function of mimesis of the empirical culture of the school: a) the universal exhibitions (modernity as performance); b) the ambivalences of the modern (dialectical understanding of modernity). It concludes with an attempt at a synthetic closure of a hermeneutic character.


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Author Biography

Agustín Escolano-Benito, Universidad de Valladolid / Centro Internacional de la Cultura Escolar [CEINCE]

Agustín Escolano Benito is Full Professor at the Valladolid University (Spain), and founder and director of the International Centre of School Culture (CEINCE), an institution based in Berlanga de Duero, Spain. He was also a Full Professor at the Salamanca University (Spain), where he founded the Revista Interuniversitaria de Historia de la Educación. He chaired the Spanish Society of History of Education and he is a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE). Professor Escolano was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) and he is a Visiting Professor at the Italian universities of Macerata, Ferrara and Molise. His numerous publications include: Historia ilustrada del libro escolar en España (1997), Historia ilustrada de la escuela (2006), La educación en la España contemporánea (2002), La España cubista. Visiones desde la escuela (2015), and La cultura empírica della scuola. Esperienza, memoria, archeologia (2016).