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Prof Mark Towsey MA (Hons), MLitt, PhD, FRHistS

Professor of the History of the Book History

    Teaching and Learning

    I have taught at university level for ten years, initially as a graduate tutor at St Andrews and latterly as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Lecturer in Modern British History at Liverpool. My teaching focuses on cultural history and the social history of ideas, exploring the interaction between printed texts and the communities in which they were produced. Much of my teaching depends on close analysis of textual primary sources, but I also try to encourage my students to think about how texts were produced, disseminated, and received by historical readers. I also enjoy collaborative teaching with colleagues in other departments, and with external partners at the Liverpool Athenaeum (a library society founded in 1797) and the Decorative Arts Department at National Museums Liverpool, where eighteenth-century artefacts (snuff boxes, teapots, night shirts and the like) help students think differently about the period they study.

    I have been known to teach clarinet, saxophone and chamber music in my spare time, having been a visiting teacher at St Leonard's School and Sixth Form College in St Andrews while completing my PhD.


    Modules for 2019-20

    ENLIGHTENMENT: IDEAS, POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN 18TH-CENTURY EUROPE

    Module code: HIST219

    Role: Module Co-ordinator

    FEASIBILITY STUDY

    Module code: HIST504

    Role: Teaching

    HISTORY DISSERTATION

    Module code: HIST396

    Role: Teaching

    HISTORY EXTENDED DISSERTATION

    Module code: HIST399

    Role: Teaching

    INVENTED HISTORIES: BRITISH USES OF THE PAST, C1750-1900

    Module code: HIST319

    Role: Module Co-ordinator

    LIVING THE GLOBAL EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

    Module code: HLAC200

    Role: Module Co-ordinator

    REVIEWING HISTORY

    Module code: HIST393

    Role: Teaching

    USES OF THE PAST: HISTORY IMPACT MODULE

    Module code: HIST320

    Role: Teaching