Is a genius born or made? Where did the idea of 'the artist' originate? What is the impact of the Cold War on British culture? What was the experience of war actually like?
From world history to art, culture and science, our all-year round talks programme offers you the opportunity to engage with world-renowned specialists and researchers, who are providing new insight and perspectives into contemporary culture, society and history.
Explore material culture with anthropology experts
From the use of plant materials in design to the effect society has on technological development, our series of talks on cultural anthropology investigate the nature and extent of our diversity as a species. By examining the commonalities of humans across the world, we can ultimately discover more about ourselves. Join us to learn more about perceptions of tradition, ethnicity, society, and community:
Woodcarvers in Oaxaca, Mexico. Images courtesy of Dr Alanna Cant
The Historical Association is a national charity supporting the study and enjoyment of history. The Plymouth branch has linked up with the history department of the University to deliver a joint programme of talks within The Arts Institute public programme.
Across the season a number of invited guests give insightful talks to audiences who share an interest in the past and of history in all forms.
What's on this season
- Pestilential hotbeds of vice - cinema management and morality in Britain, c. 1900-1950 9 February 2021 19:00 - 20:30
- How materials matter - design, innovation and materiality in Melanesian society 23 February 2021 19:00 - 20:30
- The long march to modernity: from ‘Three Inch Golden Lotus’ to working mom - the transformation of Chinese women 2 March 2021 19:00 - 20:30
- The human costs of the British Civil Wars - Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture 2021 9 March 2021 19:00 - 20:30
- The Transatlantic Politics of the Mayflower II 16 March 2021 19:00 - 20:30