Some of the history classes we offer…
History: Medieval Spain
Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain: Cooperation and Conflict.
A key element in all contemporary academic design courses are the artefacts produced by a society in its own context. These artefacts from a given period are related to the social, political, economic, technical, and aesthetic conceptions of that time and place and enables us to get a better understanding of those societies. They are manifest in architecture, 3D design, 2D design including photography, textiles and fashion. Although this is possible for any period throughout history and across any culture, these talks will start in 1851 and continue towards our present time.
The Other Renaissance: our Friends in the North.
Our topic for 2019 – 20 was the History and Social Anthropology of South Africa. I plan to continue this series of classes from where we left off. It would be good to have this background so we can move on to the South African War, General Smuts, the imposition of apartheid and the long struggle against it, Nelson Mandela, the creation of the Constitution, the first elections, the growth of state corruption and the current fight against it. I will also introduce you to some great South African music!
History of the Jews in Spain and Portugal
According to tradition, Jews migrated to the Iberian Peninsula in the time of the 2nd Temple. The crucially important period from the 10th to the 12th century paved the road to ‘The Golden Age’ of Judaism, Islam and later ironically, to Anti-Semitism. It also contributed to 18th and 19th century art, philosophy and the history that made UNESO declare Flamenco a ‘World Heritage Treasure’ in 2016.