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Jan
7
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jan
14
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jan
21
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jan
28
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
4
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
11
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
15
Wed
Edinburgh – So you think you have a commercial opportunity? @ i2 Office Ltd
Feb 15 @ 10:45 am – 1:45 pm
Edinburgh - So you think you have a commercial opportunity? @ i2 Office Ltd  | United Kingdom

So you think you have a commercial opportunity? is one of three BRIGHT IDEA SCOTLAND workshops which together are aimed at helping inventors turn their ideas into a solid business proposition.

This workshop will look at the customer, the competition and the market approach. At the end of the workshop you should be able to:-

  • Understand who your customers will be
  • Position your offering to fit customer needs
  • Explain how you see your offering being sold to the end user

WHO

The workshops is open to any Scottish-based individual or company with an idea for new product or service.

We would like to ask intermediaries and third party organisations not to register for this event via the website. Should you be interested in learning more about the service and would like to get involved, please contact us on [email protected]

WORKSHOP

The workshop will last for 2 hrs and 15 mins from 1045-1300. 1-2-1 surgery sessions are available before and after the workshop.

1-2-1 SURGERIES

Workshop participants have the opportunity to book a 45mins 1-2-1 surgery with an expert advisor either prior or after the workshop.

Surgery sessions available:

  • Prior to the workshop: 0900-0945 and 0945-1030
  • After the workshop: 1315-1400 and 1400-1445
Delegates are limited to 1 surgery session per workshop.
Feb
18
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Feb
25
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
4
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
11
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
18
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Mar
25
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Mar 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Apr
1
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Apr
8
Sat
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh’s Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside) Middle of the Steps
Apr 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Stroll Through Time: A History of Edinburgh's Old Town and its Characters @ Main Entrance of the National Museum of Scotland (Outside)  Middle of the Steps   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stroll Through Time is a small-group walking tour which will take you on a relaxing walk around Edinburgh’s Old Town. We’ll wander along parts of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket following in the footsteps of its characters whilst discovering it’s history and stopping at interesting landmarks along the way.

You may have heard of Deacon Brodie, Jinglin Geordie, Half Hangit Maggie, Burke & Hare and Greyfriars Bobby. Well, this walk is a glimpse in to the Auld Toun they lived in as well as a peek at what they got up to.

You can visit my website at www.strollthroughtime.com for more information and read my reviews on Tripadvisor for what to expect on this pay what you want walking tour.

For your information:

If the event is full (I have a limit of 10 people), please email [email protected] and we can check my website for alternative dates and times.

Jun
26
Mon
Ragged University: ‘Historical Manchester Sounds’ plus ‘Psychology of Dehumanization’ @ The Castle Hotel (
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Historical Manchester Sounds' plus 'Psychology of Dehumanization' @ The Castle Hotel ( | England | United Kingdom

Come along to The Castle Hotel for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and a couple of talks as well as a chance to socialise…

Manchester Sound(s); Silent Notes From the Past by Dominique Tessier

Following on from my Ragged talk on Manchester History where I explored the Mancunian branches of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron’s family tree, I’m turning my local history attentions to a musical history of Manchester, reflecting on the roots and compositions of Manchester Sound(s) and the silent notes of the past..

 

In the break there is some food provided and everyone is welcome to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share, and also take away what they will eat at the end. 

The Psychology of Dehumanization by Alex Dunedin

How much we relate to others as human defines how we interact with the social world and what opportunities are conferred on us.  How human we appear in the eyes of others dictates how we will be treated.  When people are stripped of being perceived as human hurt and harm is visited upon them.  At the extreme end of dehumanization behaviours we find the unspeakable atrocities of genocide where groups of people have been devalued.

Prejudices take root in apathies, and it seems that simple apathy can be enough to manifest behaviours which dementalize and depersonalize individuals.  The psychology of dehumanization is related to how we encounter the world through our experience and our senses.  Sometimes it takes as little as a question to cause someone to completely re-adjust their perception of a group of people.  This is very positive when we think of the worrying things which can come about if such ignorance is left unchecked.

 

 

 

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Oct
26
Thu
Ragged University: ‘Multilingualism As An Investment’ plus ‘The Philosophy of Daoism’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Multilingualism As An Investment' plus 'The Philosophy of Daoism' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to learn about the philosophy of Daoism

 

Multilingualism; An Investment For A Better Society by Prof Antonella Sorace

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Bilingualism/multilingualism is a research field focused on learning more than one language over the lifespan and its effects on brains and behavior. I am a professor of developmental linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I’m the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which makes research results available to different sectors of society and has 17 branches all over Europe and the US.

 

Then there is a break when we get the chance to eat something, have a drink and a chat.  Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table, and help take away the food at the end so that nothing goes to waste.

 

Daoism; How The World Works And How To Live In It by Jan Conway

Daoism is one of the oldest philosophies there is. It was written down in only five thousand Chinese characters by a respected teacher called Laozi (604-531 BCE) before he travelled to the West. Because the language it is written in is so ancient, scholars have made many different translations. There are a few books in English but they are rather difficult.I have been teaching Chinese culture for fifty years and trying to practise Daoism all that time. As the years have gone by I find it easier and easier to understand, and in recent years new discoveries in geology and astronomy hae confirmed everything that Laozi taught.

 

May
17
Thu
Twilight Talks: Place-Making and Creative Industry @ Custom Lane
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Twilight Talks: Place-Making and Creative Industry @ Custom Lane

How do Craft and Design skills define a place?

Can Craft and Design tradition enable new creative Industry?

Three intriguing speakers with complementary stories representing Scotland, Ireland and The Netherlands join an expert chair to debate these questions. Introduced by Dr John Ennis, curator Our Linen Stories, producer GP Journeys in Design. There will be time for networking after the event with our chair and speakers. We are honoured to present new work by Linda Green, Scottish Artist, to mark this Twilight Talk.

Please also note that this event will be filmed by High Tide Media LLP. Owing to the new General Data Protection Regulations, by purchasing a ticket you are opting in to be filmed during this event. If you have any queries about this please contact [email protected]

Professor Jane McCann M Des RCA, M Phil, FTI

Designer, Educator and Cross-disciplinary innovator

Derbyshire and N.Ireland

While at University of Derby (1973-2003) and University of South Wales (2004-2012) Jane led educational interventions across disciplines at all levels, launched the world’s first MA Performance Sportswear Design, whose graduates are employed internationally and led cross-disciplinary research in Design for Ageing Well. Jane was awarded the 2003 RCA Mischa Black Award for Innovation in Design Education. Jane has published widely and continues to promote International Exchange and links with Industry in UK, Europe and China.

Maureen Hammond

Scottish researcher and illustrator

Badenoch in the Scottish Highlands

Maureen is an illustrator and PhD Researcher with University of the Highlands and Islands focusing on the textiles of 18th century Badenoch, interpreting themes of economy, innovation and identity in the central Highlands. Maureen is growing and processing Flax at An Goirtean (Gallic – the wee field of flax) at the Highland Folk Museum.

Helena Loermans

Dutch weaver and researcher

Odemira in Portugal

Helena was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Portugal for more than 30 years where she owns a weaving studio, producing her own range of textiles. She was 10 years a weaving teacher for the Portuguese Rural Development Association and has hosted the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. Helena is an independent researcher at LabO, Laboratory for handwoven Canvas.

Duncan Neil

Scottish Textile design entrepreneur

Upperlands in N.Ireland

Duncan is Creative Director at Earthed by William Clark and brings over twelve years of UK textiles experience to be the driving force behind Earthed, the nature-inspired luxury linen brand. Graduating from Dundee University College of Art and Design in 2004, his roles have included those in menswear print design, digital furnishings production and university research. Earthed won 2017 Best Fabric award at BDNY, the leading event in US for Design in the leisure and hospitality industry.

Jun
24
Sun
Dances of Universal Peace: Honouring our Roots! @ Augustine United Church
Jun 24 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dances of Universal Peace: Honouring our Roots! @  Augustine United Church | Scotland | United Kingdom

Date: 24th June 2018
Place: Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh,
EH1 1EL
Time: 5.30pm (for 6pm start) to 9.30pm
Cost: FREE (though donations always welcome)

 

Events are taking place around the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
Dances of Universal Peace (DUP). For the first time, 5 local mentored and trained
DUP teachers (& 2 extra musicians) are offering an event together. They will lead
Dances, spiritual Walks, share some wonderful stories about Murshid SAM – and
perhaps share something about their own personal, often life-changing, Dance
journeys.

There will be time for talking and eating as well as Dancing – all who come are invited
to bring a small offering of ready-prepared vegetarian food to share. A selection of
teas/coffee will be provided. Plus Murshid SAM’s favourite treat!
No previous experience is necessary, all are welcome
Wear comfortable loose clothing and soft shoes – or bare feet.

A wee bit of history:

Samuel Lewis (Murshid SAM) – pictured on the
right, dancing in Central Park, New York in the
1960’s (which explains the clothing!) . Murshid
SAM created the Dances in the 1960’s as a form
of ‘Peace Through the Arts’, in which moving
and singing sacred phrases together creates a
sense of peace and unity – a joyful oneness.

To help us with the planning of this event,
please contact Alice Fateah Saunders: [email protected] or 0131 6646206
to let us know that you are coming.
This event is supported by the Edinburgh International Centre for spirituality and
Peace (EICSP) www.eicsp.org www.facebook.com/eicsp

Sep
11
Tue
Ragged University: ‘Spinoza’s Spectacles’ plus ‘Germans in England 1860-1915’ @ The Castle Hotel
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Spinoza's Spectacles' plus 'Germans in England 1860-1915' @  The Castle Hotel

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and an opportunity to learn in a relaxed atmosphere.  All are welcome along to this informal event – put your feet up and enjoy the journey…

 

Spinoza’s Spectacles: Philosophy, Science and the Dutch Masters by Josef Darlington

The Dutch Masters are an intriguing group in art history. Compared to other great artistic movements their work is rather quiet and insular. Not for them the wild experiments of the modernists or the celestial majesty of the renaissance. Instead, artists like Rembrandt and Vermeer focused on domestic interiors, reserved portraits and the exquisite play of light and shadow known as chiaroscuro.

Yet the Dutch Masters were working at a time of great change. The Dutch Republic carved a unique path between Catholic absolutism and Protestant iconoclasm, stumbling upon the invention of modern liberal capitalism along the way.

Dutch toleration and trade produced huge advancements in technology and learning; the understanding of architecture, accounting, music, mechanics and, importantly, optics were revolutionised. A new philosophy emerged to explain these breakthroughs, most eloquently summarised in the works of the artisan lens grinder Baruch de Spinoza.

A living example of the power of Dutch toleration, Spinoza’s works were banned by the Catholic church, denounced by Protestant preachers and he was cast out from the Jewish community for suggesting that God and Nature were one and the same.

Offered a prestigious position at the University of Amsterdam, Spinoza preferred to keep on making his spectacles and keep his philosophising as a hobby. This was in keeping with his Ethics, in which he argues that every individual is responsible for their own soul which no established church or institution could guarantee for them.

In this lecture I aim to demonstrate how the intimate domestic scenes common to the Dutch Masters reflect a view of the world in line with Spinoza’s materialism. The importance of light and shadow, the denial of myth and magic, and the preponderance of group portraiture all reflect the unique landscape of Dutch thought and being in the seventeenth century Golden Age.

 

 

And for the second talk of the evening…

Thinkers or Junkers? Germans in England 1860-1915 by Anne Hill Fernie

2017 has seen the sharp decline in UK German studies at all levels. A 13.2 drop at GCSE level, similar at ‘A’ level and undergraduates reading German has almost halved since 1997. It would appear ironic that in an age where Europe has never been closer geographically, our real sense of closeness to it culturally & emotionally widens.

As a result of this and continued media stereotyping of the ‘bad’ or ‘threatening’ German, many British are unaware of the completely different reputation that ‘our cultural cousins’ had before the onset of WW1 as a nation of ‘poets and thinkers’. Germans of all professions flocked to Britain from the 1860s onwards, becoming one of the largest immigrant groups and contributing immeasurably to British culture and communities of the time.

My talk will identify German nationals’ contribution to Manchester in particular but crucially, will try and pinpoint at what point the image started to curdle, from that of ‘poets and thinkers’ (Dichter und Denker) to that of ‘Judges and executioners’ (Richter und Henker) – a Eurotrope of aggression and domination that the country has never quite managed to shake off. The question posed is how to re-engage Britain with German culture – a culture so bound up with ours if only we knew…….

 

All Ragged University events are free and informal.  Everyone is welcome to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share and take away what is left at the end.