This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £95 / Conc. £71
This course will explore the often-overlooked history of London’s central role in global imperialism, a major factor in the growth of the city. Behind the metropolitan charm of the city is an unsettling history of extraction, expropriation, and marginalization. By investigating London’s colonial institutions, as well as reading nineteenth-century Indian travel writers and more contemporary Caribbean novelists, we will find a hidden history of the city with resonances to this day.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in London history and/or literature, but no prior experience or knowledge is required.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will also need a pen and paper for taking notes, or can use your computer/laptop.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
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You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have:
- Developed knowledge of colonial history and the ways this has affected the development of London as a centre of global trade
- Become acquainted with immigrant and traveling writers who have reimagined the city of London, such as Mirza Abu Taleb Khan, Sake Deen Mahomed, and Samuel Selvon
- Explored how the history of empire is still implicated in the geography, culture, and political landscape of London today
- Discussed the complex entwinement of colonial and postcolonial histories in major cultural monuments in London.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Peter Ely
Dr Peter Ely recently completed a PhD at Kingston University in British fiction and notions of community. He has taught on a number of modules at Kingston University including ‘Black British Writing’ and ‘Multicultural London’ and is currently converting his research into a book.
Imperial London: Urban Space, Money and History
History of Colonialism: Dispossession, Expropriation, and the Resistance
The Travel Writers: Sake Dean Mahomet and Mizra Abu Taleb Khan
Chinese Migration and the Chinese Quarter
Windrush Era - Migration and Diaspora
Black Representation: Samuel Selvon and the English Language
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 21:00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Peter Ely
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