Through the Magnifying Glass - History in Detail(s): Ambeth Ocampo, James Fox & Lucy Worsley
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 11:30-12:30
Venue: 6th Floor Emirates Library, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Session No: 83
More often than not, history is often examined through a macro and longue durée of eras and decades. But an equally important way to examine history is through exploring the tiny and overlooked aspects of human behavior and perception, or simply micro-histories. Join our intellection panel of historians Ambeth Ocampo, James Fox and Lucy Worsley who all possess an arsenal of knowledge on the idiosyncrasies and anecdotes of the way back when. From why the Ancient Egyptians regarded the color black as an optimistic color, the intimate history of specific rooms in the home to a certain Filipino national hero once being suspected as Jack the Ripper, you will sure be in for a historical treat.
Ambeth Ocampo is a public historian and independent curator whose research covers the late 19th century Philippines: its art, culture, and the people who figure in the birth of the nation. He is currently a professor at the Department of History in Ateneo de Manila University. Ocampo has published over 35 books, writes a widely read editorial page column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and moderates a growing Instagram and Facebook fan page.
James Fox is Director of Studies in History of Art at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, a BAFTA-nominated broadcaster and art historian. His many acclaimed BBC television documentaries include programmes about British art, Japanese culture and an enduringly popular history of colour in art. His new book, The World According to Colour explores humanity’s extraordinary relationship with colour throughout history.
Lucy Worsley OBE is Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces and presents history documentaries for the BBC. Her bestselling books include Jane Austen at Home, A Very British Murder and If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home. In 2019 her BBC One programme Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley won a BAFTA. Her recent book, Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman, is a biography about how Agatha Christie became one of the most prolific fiction writers of the 20th century.
This session is moderated by Rehan Khan
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.