History Workshop

Spring 2016 - Tuesdays 12:30-1:45 - 203 Munroe Hall

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 ~ 12:30-1:45 pm

Oliver Zimmer

"Adjusting ‘inner clocks’: Time and social rhythms in the railway age, 1840 - 1900"

Oliver Zimmer

University of Oxford

Even though the clock and the timetable predate the nineteenth century, it was with the spread of the passenger train that the world began to be densely packed with those evocative devices. In this paper I ask how British people learned to live with railway time, a process that forced them to adjust their ‘inner clocks’ while coming to terms with the pretences of linear time.

The Oliver Zimmer History Workshop is co-sponsored by the European Studies Program.

The 2015-2016 academic year represents the fortieth year in which the Workshop serves as a regular part of the History Department life. Bring a lunch. All are welcome! For further information, please call (302) 831-2371.