The insider's guide to: Dutch Batavia

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The city of Batavia (present-day Jakarta) was a key trading post of the Dutch maritime empire in Asia. Created on the ruins of Jayakarta, the new city boasted
rows of step- and spout-gabled houses along its canals, inviting visitors to praise Batavia as a Dutch city in the tropics. From its foundations, the city was a melting pot of cultures.
We will discuss the construction of Batavia and its social life: how did people from different cultural and religious backgrounds live together and interact? And what was
the impact of the complicated social world on the visual arts in the city?

The presenter Arvi Wattel is a lecturer in the History of Art at UWA (School of Design). Before moving to Perth, he held fellowships at the Fondazione Ermitage in Ferrara, the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max Planck Gesellschaft) in Florence, the Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence and the Royal Netherlandish Institute in Rome, and lectured at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the University of Maastricht and for Oberlin College in Arezzo.

This course will be held at The University Club of Western Australia.
Tea and coffee will served in the break.