Douglas Lorimer

Professor Emeritus

Campus: Wilfrid Laurier

Doug Lorimer is the author of Colour, Class and the Victorians (1978), a study of the cultural and social dimensions of the rise of race consciousness and racism in the mid-Victorian period. His research and publications range from a study of black slaves and English liberty in the 18th century to the origins of the modern discourse of race relations in the late Victorian and Edwardian period. While engaged in the ‘cultural’ turn in the construction of race, he has argued for a shift from the focus on identities of race to the language of race relations, and for the inclusion of racialized colonial subjects as critical voices in Victorian racial discourse.

Professor Lorimer is completing a study of late Victorian and Edwardian racism, provisionally entitled Race, Race Relations and Resistance. He selected the primary sources and contributed the introductory essay,”From Emancipation to Resistance: Colour, Class and Imperialism, 1837-1918,” for Empire-on-line: Section V: Race, Class and Colonialism (London: Adam Matthew Publications Ltd., 2006). This series which has some 10,000 primary sources on Imperialism and Culture in digital form is available to Laurier students. His recent publications include “From Natural Science to Social Science: Race and Race Relations in late Victorian and Edwardian Racism” (forthcoming), “From Victorian Values to White Virtues: Assimilation and Exclusion in British Racial Discourse, c. 1870-1914,” Rediscovering the British World , ed., P. Buckner and D. Francis (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2005), and “Reconstructing Victorian Racial Discourse: Images of Race, the Language of Race Relations, and the Context of Black Resistance,” Black Victorians, ed., G. Getzina (New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 2003)

Dr. Lorimer teaches a graduate seminar on Imperialism and Culture, and participates in doctoral fields in British history and in Imperialism, Race, Class and Slavery.