Making appointments
Access, exclusion and personalised trust
in Empire of scholars
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This chapter considers the changing appointment practices of settler universities in the late nineteenth century and shows that their reliance on the private knowledge of key men in Britain worked to extend the networks of British scholarship far beyond the British Isles. However, as the chapter goes on to show, this reliance also meant that universities’ measures of expertise were contingent upon cultures of academic sociability that were heavily raced and gendered. It suggests that the technologies of selection used by settler universities helped to create a British academic world that was both expansive and exclusionary, and points to the way the boundaries and contours of this world were mapped, not just by mileage, but also by the density and reach of personal connections.

Empire of scholars

Universities, networks and the British academic world 1850–1939


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