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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
8
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Jan 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
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.

LGBT History Month: Who we are when no one’s looking – FREE Creative workshop @ City Art Centre
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LGBT History Month: Who we are when no one's looking - FREE Creative workshop @ City Art Centre  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Join us for this special art workshop for LGBT History Month Scotland. We will explore issues of identity through art. Participants will have the opportunity to make a mixed media artwork.

You are welcome to bring along any photos, photocopies, cuttings etc that you would like to include, but this is not essential.

No previous art experience necessary!

To book:

Please book via Eventbrite

Chris Kent:

Chris is a portrait artist, illustrator and woodworker who lives and works in Scotland.

Chris’s work inhabits a world of beauty and obsession and insubstantial memories, and is often concerned with mental health issues and gender identity. For more see: http://christopherwkent.com/

Proud City:

Proud City is an exhibition at the People’s Story Museum which explores LGBTQIA+ life in Edinburgh. The exhibition is on display until 26 February 2016. See http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/Venues/The-People-s-Story/Exhibitions/2016-17/Proud-City for details.

Access:

The activity will take place on the 5th floor of the City Art Centre, there is lift access to this space.

More information:

Contact Diana Morton at [email protected], 0131 529 6365.

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
12
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
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.

Mark Wallinger: Artist’s Talk @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mark Wallinger: Artist's Talk @ The Fruitmarket Gallery | Scotland | United Kingdom

Mark Wallinger will be in conversation with The Fruitmarket Gallery director, Fiona Bradley about his practice and his exhibition, in two parts which runs at The Fruitmarket Gallery and Dundee Contemporary Arts from 4 March – 4 June.

Known for a practice as stylistically diverse as it is politically engaged, Mark Wallinger creates work that encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, performance and public art.

This exhibition, presented in two parts, one at The Fruitmarket Gallery and the other at Dundee Contemporary Arts, has been brought together in the context of his newest body of work, the id Paintings. A selection from this series of vast paintings, each 360cm high (twice Wallinger’s height) and 180cm wide (his height again, and also the extent of his reach with both arms outstretched) is on show in each part of the exhibition.

These paintings bring identity into focus as a recurring theme within Wallinger’s practice. Painted by hand (and simultaneously by each hand, the left mirroring the right) they bridge image and action. They move his way of working, as Wallinger has said, from ‘painting ‘I’s’ to ‘I paint’.

The standing figure (the subject who stands – and stands up – for something) is one of the most powerful ways in which Wallinger explores identity. This exhibition brings together several such figures, including the bear of Sleeper and the myriad ‘I’s of the Self Portrait paintings. It also moves beyond the standing figure to look at the importance of naming, marking and symmetry in the artist’s work.

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.

May
25
Thu
Professor Peter Singer: Living an Ethical Life @ Created in 1783 by Royal Charter The Royal Society of Edinburgh
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Professor Peter Singer: Living an Ethical Life @  Created in 1783 by Royal Charter  The Royal Society of Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

One of the world’s leading moral philosophers, Professor Singer will explore what it means to live ethically in the 21st Century.

Peter Singer first became well known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then, he has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books. In 2005, Time Magazine named Professor Singer one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2012, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest civic honour.

Organised in partnership with the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Open to all and free to attend – registration required.


Speaker

Peter Singer, Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, US; Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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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All are welcome and it is free

Nov
16
Thu
Ragged University: ‘Anchor Institutions’ plus ‘Perception and Communication’ @ The Castle Hotel
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Anchor Institutions' plus 'Perception and Communication' @ The Castle Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn in an informal setting.  The event is free and there are two talks separated by a break…

 

Universities as Anchor Institutes – University of Manchester and Brunswick estate, a socially just model by Dr Carl Emery

Anchor institutions, also known as Eds and Meds (education and medical establishments), are generally understood as large geographically place based organisations that have been located in the community for generations and provide economic, social and cultural benefits to the locality in which they reside In this talk I will be setting the background of this initiative and examining some of the challenges and questions it raises. Why should the university adopt this role and if it does what are its motivations? Furthermore, how does this impact on issues of local democracy and accountability. Is there a danger that the university is simply propagating a neoliberal enterprise agenda and supporting the further privation of public services and spaces?

 

– Then there will be a break where we share food, fill our glasses and have some conversation before our second talk of the evening.  Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, and help take away the food at the end of the evening so nothing goes to waste –

 

Objects, Perception and Communication by Mark Johnson

This is an activity involving mobile phones to capture photographs and video of objects in the room, or things which individuals have brought. Using a variety of analytical approaches, we will explore together the nature of objects and how they mediate the conversations we have and the ways in which we construct meaning in the world. We cannot imagine a world without objects – but what are they? and what are we that we recognise them? Objects illuminate the conversations we have with one another, and through our interactions with objects we learn about each other. How does this work? Since technology allows us to capture objects in various ways – through photographs, recordings, etc. we can collect objects together, explore their nature, and understand more about each other in the process.

 

All Ragged University events are free and open to everyone.  They are informal and relaxed, and you can come and go as you please

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.