Duration: 23 February to 3 March, 2019
Leading faculty: Dr Eduardo Lage-Otero and Ms Amparo Espadas
Participants on this LAB explored how the Moorish conquest of and rule over the Iberian peninsula for seven centuries shaped Andalucía and the country as a whole.
This LAB allowed us to work closely with students as we explored the significance of historical events in national identity formation and their ongoing impact on modern-day debates about migration, historical memory, minority rights, cultural representation and authenticity, to name but a few. In addition to the themes we had prepared, it was a joy to learn about students’ projects and how they went about working on them during our time in Spain. Students’ engagement and excitement during a LAB are a great motivator for faculty leading these experiential learning opportunities.
Dr Eduardo Lage-Otero
Senior Lecturer of Humanities (Spanish) and Deputy Director of Language Studies
It was inspiring to take part in this LAB experience, and to witness the students’ excitement while exploring the history of Spain. They were all extremely motivated to learn about the impact of historical events on the contemporary identity and cultural aspects of the country. For me, it was particularly remarkable and exciting to rediscover all these aspects through the eyes of the students, and to experience that history through a different lens.
Ms Amparo Espadas
Lecturer of Humanities (Spanish)
On my Learning Across Boundaries project in Andalucía, Spain, I carried out a film project that features three poems about Granada, written by displaced poets who could not return to their beloved city in the face of persecution. I was extremely lucky to spend days filming the city’s beautiful sceneries, ruins, and people as described in the historical poems and meet with locals to hear about their love for Granada. This project gave me a chance to approach my academic interest in forced displacement from an artistic and literary perspective, and it was a truly refreshing and rewarding experience. I am also grateful for having met lifelong friends and mentors on this trip!
Class of 2021
Imagine being huddled in a restaurant called 'Puerta de Syria' amidst Granada's ethereal Sierra mountain range, and sharing a loaf with the owner while talking about being Syrian in Spain's historic neighbourhood of Albaicín. It was an experience I wouldn't trade for the world, and the food was amazing too.
Class of 2022
In the context of the rise of China and the decline of United States (US) leadership in the region, organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have shown their potential in shaping the geopolitics and economics of the region.
In this Week 7 LAB project, students explored natural history in Singapore and Sarawak.