New Book | Architecture and Empire in Jamaica

Posted in books by Editor on February 17, 2016

From Yale UP:

Louis P. Nelson, Architecture and Empire in Jamaica (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016), 324 pages, ISBN: 978-0300211009, $85.

9780300211009Through Creole houses and merchant stores to sugar fields and boiling houses, Jamaica played a leading role in the formation of both the early modern Atlantic world and the British Empire. Architecture and Empire in Jamaica offers the first scholarly analysis of Jamaican architecture in the long 18th century, spanning roughly from the Port Royal earthquake of 1692 to Emancipation in 1838. In this richly illustrated study, which includes hundreds of the author’s own photographs and drawings, Louis P. Nelson examines surviving buildings and archival records to write a social history of architecture.

Nelson begins with an overview of the architecture of the West African slave trade then moves to chapters framed around types of buildings and landscapes, including the Jamaican plantation landscape and fortified houses to the architecture of free blacks. He concludes with a consideration of Jamaican architecture in Britain. By connecting the architecture of the Caribbean first to West Africa and then to Britain, Nelson traces the flow of capital and makes explicit the material, economic, and political networks around the Atlantic.

Louis P. Nelson is professor of architectural history and associate dean for research in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia.

University of Buckingham’s MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors

Posted in graduate students by Editor on February 17, 2016

MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors
University of Buckingham

Applications are invited for a partial studentship on the London-based MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors offered by the University of Buckingham starting in September 2016.

The bursary, worth £7500, will cover 82% of the course fees for EU students and 55% for international students. Priority will be given to applicants with excellent academic qualifications seeking, or currently pursuing, curatorial careers in museums or the built heritage. The bursary is also open to part-time students currently working in the field, who can take the course as a form of in-service training over two years.

This unique one-year MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors provides sounds vocational and academic training, first-hand study of furniture, silver and ceramics in the context of historic interiors, numerous study trips to museums and historic house collections, (including a study week in Paris) and placements in museums and heritage institutions.

For further details please visit our website or contact Dr Barbara Lasic: barbara.lasic@buckingham.ac.uk

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