Moving beyond news headlines, we will take a hands-on approach to material from our Special Collections. We will seek to understand the motives, ambitions and experiences of collectives, and consider the place of squats and communes in London’s contemporary culture.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in collective living arrangements - both historical and contemporary - and their place in contemporary social and political debate.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
You’ll need a pen and paper for taking notes.
Do I need any skills or knowledge?
No prior knowledge of squatting or communes is required. Opinions, interpretations and practical experience of collective living are welcome!
You will learn
- An understanding of the historical and philosophical perspectives on squatting and communal living
- In-depth understanding of a London squat case study
- Understanding of how space, place and protest culture interlink
- Insight into modern debates surrounding place, housing and ownership.
Meet the Tutor
Oskar Schortz is researcher, teacher and performer with a particular concern for promoting the public understanding of history. Over the course of his studies and professional career, Oskar has keenly used archival material for his research. He currently uses archives as a teacher in London to delve into the past and confront his students with inspirational objects with unique stories. Alongside being a teacher, Oskar is involved in projects and activities that promote a public engagement with history. He has written and performed two Edinburgh Fringe shows and been granted Arts Council funding to investigate and create an installation based on public archives in North Devon.
Need to Know
- 10:00 - 16:00
- Full £62 / Conc. £47
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Oskar Schortz
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