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Responses to the Workshop

"As with previous GLAADH enterprises, the workshop promoted the achievement of global ends by pragmatic means. It is striking that each of the pilot projects is a piecemeal alteration, inserting, adjusting, reinforcing or replacing existing taught components. The workshop presentations demonstrated that the virtue of this modest and quite practical approach is that each initiative appears to be achievable. This one-step-at-time philosophy may well be the most sensible way of dealing with the diversity, and the limitations, of the art historical curriculum. We were noticeably reluctant to discuss the ideal forms that a globalised curriculum might take."

Paul Shakeshaft, Anglia Polytechnic University


"The GLAADH workshop gave time for focus on our own individual projects and to see how they will fit into the larger initiative. The main message I took away from the workshop was that much change and development of the curriculum is possible and that one should not be held back by fears of partial knowledge or lack of expertise. Students can benefit from even the smallest of 'tasters' within a larger lecture programme. Access to local museum collections is of central importance in our project and the workshop was very helpful in providing ideas and strategies as to how to bring this about."

Stephanie Pratt, University of Plymouth


"This well-organised workshop provided a constructive forum for the presentation of sub-projects and discussion of issues faced so far. As representative for the Aberdeen / Glasgow / St. Andrews initiative (aimed at consolidating teaching resources in Central European art and design through an image database and related courses), it was particularly useful to share experiences related to the creation of digital resources. The day also increased awareness of the support network GLAADH extends to each project. Stimulated by the exciting teaching initiatives of other participants and the enthusiasm of the GLAADH team, I believe the workshop established a solid framework for the on-going development of the sub-projects."

Shona Kallestrup, University of Aberdeen


"As an archaeologist with specialist expertise in prehistoric arts, receiving GLAADH funding fulfilled a key ambition of mine; that is, exploring the intersection of Archaeology and Art History in both teaching and research. There exists an unease between the disciplines of Archaeology and Art History which centres on the place of prehistoric arts in 'the history of art'. For a long time art historians, generally, believed prehistoric art is only able to 'fascinate students of aesthetic form', while archaeologists have been accused of not fully appreciating the necessary interpretative processes. The place of prehistoric arts has at best been perceived as an introductory device in discourses on the story of art and human achievement. It was then with some trepidation that I went along to the second GLAADH Workshop, in June 2002. The workshop was a gathering of all applicants (all but two are art historians) successful in receiving funding from the GLAADH project to develop a specific initiative. What was obvious from early on was the common ground these initiatives share. Not only are they all attempting to expand existing Art History curricula; they all seek to undermine a eurocentric premise that has been at the heart of Art History for far too long. More importantly, however, the GLAADH team did extremely well in orchestrating an event that showed globalising art, architecture and design history for undergraduate curricula can never be an 'add 'non-Western' elements and stir' type approach. Watch the GLAADH space!"

Thomas Dowson, University of Manchester


"The day was very well organised and it was extremely useful to meet the GLAADH team and to learn about the other projects. I found it helpful to be able to share knowledge and to learn how others are dealing with problems and also gained useful insights into technicalities re web-based projects. I was also reassured by the level of understanding of potential difficulties demonstrated by the GLAADH team and by the level of support offered by GLAADH."

Richard Fynes, De Montfort University



Some of the GLAADH Initiatives Representatives


Photo pf Paul Shakeshaft, from Anglia Polytechnic University at the Initiatives Workshop Photo of Mike Harrison from University of Central England at the Initiatives Workshop Richard Fynes from De Montfort University at the Initiatives Workshop

Paul Shakeshaft, Anglia Polytechnic University

Mike Harrison, University of Central England

Richard Fynes, De Montfort University

     
Richard Williams from University of Edinburgh at the Initiatives Workshop Shona Kallestrup from Aberdeen University at the Initiatives Workshop Fran Llyod from Uinversity of Kingston at the Initiatives Workshop

Richard Williams, University of Edinburgh

Shona Kallestrup, University of Aberdeen

Fran Lloyd, University of Kingston

     
Thomas Dowson from the University of Manchester at the Initiatives Workshop Photo of Stephanie Pratt from the University of Plymouth at the Initiatives Workshop

Thomas Dowson, University of Manchester

Stephanie Pratt, University of Plymouth

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