Goldsmiths Taster Days

Thinking about university? Goldsmiths Taster Days are free-to-attend masterclasses led by Goldsmiths academics.

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All our Taster Days will be taking place online for the foreseeable future. You will receive a link via email to access your chosen session(s).

Taster Days consist of an hour-long lecture or workshop, followed by information about courses at Goldsmiths and a Q&A with a current student (where possible, this will be a student from the department).

Some sessions will be like a lecture, and you'll be able to interact through the Q&A function online. However, others will be seminar-based and you'll be expected to join in with the session using your camera and/or microphone. In order to moderate these sessions, we will limit the number of participants.

You can find out about upcoming Taster Days below.

History Taster Days

History: tryst with destiny – the path to independence in India

Taught by: Dr Erica Wald, Department of History

Wednesday 17 November 2021 – 2.15–3.15pm

As part of Goldsmiths’ incisive Autumn History Series, Dr Erica Wald presents ‘Tryst with destiny: the path to independence in India’.

On 15 August 1947, India and Pakistan achieved their independence from Britain, ending nearly 200 years of British rule on the Subcontinent. Independence, with partition, was the result of many years of hard-fought struggles and came at enormous cost to both newly independent countries.

This session examines the rise of Indian nationalism, tracing its trajectory from an elite-led group to a mass movement. It considers the global political and economic factors which shaped both nationalist demands and British response.

Please note: this session is run through Channel Talent, you can book your place on their website.

The unexpected history of the Pink Pound

Taught by: Dr Justin Bengry, Department of History

Wednesday 1 December 2021 – 4.15–5.15pm

As part of Goldsmiths’ incisive Autumn History Series, Dr Justin Bengry discusses ‘The unexpected history of the Pink Pound’.

In the 1970s and 1980s an increasing variety of openly gay-oriented newspapers, magazines, clubs, and bars appeared, but it was not until the 1990s that terms like the ‘pink pound’, ‘pink dollar’, or ‘pink economy’ gained a foothold in marketing texts and everyday language. And yet, a longer history remains untold.

In this talk based on a decade of research into the history of the Pink Pound, Dr Justin Bengry uncovers more than a century of evidence that shows how business has been fascinated with LGBTQ people. Whether appealing to or condemning inverts and sapphists, ‘Evil Men’ or those with ‘Bulgarian Tendencies’, history shows us that long before Pride sponsorships and glossy magazines capitalism and homosexuality have been intertwined.

Please note: this session is run through Channel Talent, you can book your place on their website.

Law Taster Days

Focus on contract law

Taught by: Dr Dagmar Myslinska, Department of Law

Tuesday 9 November 2021 – 11am–12pm

Insight4me is a series of subject-specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 students and equivalent. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications and vary between universities.

In this insight4me Law webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, including Goldsmiths, University of London, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic-based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Contract Law, the universities have the freedom to choose their own focus and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.

Please note: this session is run through Channel Talent, you can book your place via their website.

Music Taster Days

Discovering music degrees

Taught by: Alex De Lacey, Department of Music

Friday 12 November 2021 – 1.40–2.40pm

In this right4me Music webinar for schools and colleges, two institutions, Goldsmiths, University of London and Leeds Conservatoire, will each talk to your students for just over 20 minutes to convey the requirements, format and strengths of their Music degree courses, highlighting areas that differentiate their courses from others and drawing upon student experience and progression.

This is ideal for current Year 12 and 13 students who have an idea about what degree course they are interested in but would like to talk to different institutions in order to make informed comparisons. This session will be particularly interesting for students who would like to understand the difference between studying Music at a university and studying at a conservatoire.

We will be joined by James Rew from Leeds Conservatoire and Dr Alex de Lacey from Goldsmiths.

The event will be dynamic and fast-paced, with 30 minutes scheduled for both speakers and time for interaction and questions.

Please note: this session is run through Channel Talent and you can book your place via their website.