Cultural Encounters

Issued: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:20:00 BST

Cultural Encounters is a series of talks and discussions in collaboration with the University of Glasgow's College of Arts. It is taking place under the auspices of the Cottier Chamber Project.

The talks will focus on some unusual and adventurous historical figures who were exposed to a variety of foreign cultures. In a week that sees the UK vote on whether or not to remain in the European Union, the series will cast a timely eye over cultural encounters from history that have played a part in shaping our own cultural identities.

Events in this series

All events will take place at Alliance Française and are free and unticketed. Each event will last around 30 minutes and have a musical accompaniment

Monday 20 June 1.10pm, I: Is there value in exchanging cultural activity?, speakers in conversation from the British Council, Alliance Française and the Goethe Institute
Tuesday 21 June 1.10pm, II: Bess of Hardwick (1527-1608): International connections and the household of the captive Queen of Scots, speaker Dr Alison Wiggins
Wednesday 22 June 1.10pm, III: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810): The influence of a celebrated Italian castrato on British opera singing, speaker Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland
Thursday 23 June 1.10pm, IV: Abu Talib Khan (1752-1806): An extraordinary journey and fresh perspectives on European culture, speaker Professor Nigel Leask
Friday 24 June 1.10pm, V: Dorothy Richardson (1873-1957): How time spent in Germany influenced a pioneering British novelist, speaker Dr Bryony Randall


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