Spanish Taster Session

Date: 04-Nov-2020

Time: 15:45-17:15 

Target year group: Year 13

Information: The Spanish and Portuguese Empires and the origins of racism

A free virtual taster session for A Level students studying Spanish. The School of Languages and Cultures welcomes students who are approaching Spanish as beginners, as well as those with A level Spanish.

By modern standards the ancient and medieval worlds were very brutal, savage and not particularly just societies, but they were crucially not racist societies. Although people have always excluded and discriminated against other groups of people, racial discrimination is a modern phenomenon. This talk will explore the origins of racism and focus particularly on the contribution of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires. We will explore how modern day notions of race have been shaped by a myriad of factors: from the concept of blood purity in medieval Iberia, the persecution of the Jews and the establishment of the Atlantic slave trade to the independence of the Latin American colonies in modern times and the views of the Latin American elites and foreign Europeans as to the racial mixtures in these newly independent countries.

Benefits of attending this event: Our online taster sessions help Year 13 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.

How to book a place: To book your place you will need to complete a google form which can be found on the event page linked here

In the event that there are more applications than there are available places, the Taster day team will assess all application forms and make decisions on the most suitable candidates based on predetermined scoring criteria.

Any steps required to confirm your attendance with the university running the event: To confirm your attendance at this event please email including the session you attended and the date it took place.