Special Interest DaysI have delayed contacting you as I wanted to reschedule with our lecturer and Anglian Water at Egleton. This has now been done. Neil Faulkner has confirmed that he is available on 4th March 2021.Some of your cheques have already been lodged. These will of course be refunded.For those of you whose cheques are still in my possession, I will destroy them shortly, unless you call me or e mail to ask me to return yours by post.Máire Brúgha Special Interest Day Secretary 4 March 2021Neil FaulknerT E Lawrence, Gertrude Bell and the Remaking of the Middle East.This day will analyse the reshaping of the Middle East in the years 1914 to 1921 through the careers of two extraordinary people. Lawrence and Bell had much in common. Both were restless at home and addicted to adventure. Both were travellers, archaeologists, and scholars. And both were ‘orientalists’ and liberal imperialists – people from privileged European backgrounds who viewed the Middle East through a distorting lens of early 20th century colonial prejudice. We will explore their characters, achievements, and failures, and we will use the insights we gain to build understanding of the crisis-ridden nature of the Middle East created by the imperial powers a century ago. The day will be divided into three parts:1. The Ottoman East and the Orientalist Gaze2. Gertrude Bell: archaeologist, traveller, and imperialist3. Lawrence of Arabia archaeologist, guerrilla leader, and flawed heroSuggested ReadingFaulkner, N, 2016, Lawrence of Arabia’s War: the Arabs, the British, and the Remaking of the Middle East in World War I, London, Yale University Press.Rogan, E, 2015, The Fall of the Ottomans: the Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920, London, Allen Lane. Winstone, H V F, 1978, Gertrude Bell London, Quartet Books. Click here for further information and a booking formImages supplied by Neil FaulknerOctober 21 2020Susan RumfittJewellery in the Twentieth Century.2 lectures and a session examining and valuing jewellery. Further details nearer the date.
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