Re-imagining Sinterklaas: The Dutch tradition in its mytho-historical context

Lecture by Colette Kavanagh

15nov2018 17:00 - 18:45

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The figures of St. Nikolaas and of Zwarte Piet, his black-faced helper, have become increasingly controversial. Few realise, however, that these characters represent ancient symbols still found in many countries throughout Europe. We invite you for a lecture by Colette Kavanagh which will be illustrated by a remarkable collection of images, contemporary and historical, drawn from across Europe and beyond.

Re-imagining Sinterklaas: The Dutch tradition in its mytho-historical context

Myths and stories are an essential part of who we are. They speak through symbol, image, metaphor and enacted ritual. They carry the seeds of ancient wisdom, and the continuity of culture that is at once  contemporary and yet thousands of years old.
 
The figures of St. Nikolaas and of Zwarte Piet, his black-faced helper, have become increasingly controversial. Few realise, however, that these characters represent ancient symbols still found in many countries throughout Europe. Their roots may be traced to Siberian Shamanism; they may have had their counterparts in ancient Egypt; they are older than Christianity and they predate both colonisation and the slave-trade.

About the speaker

Dr Colette Kavanagh is a Cultural Psychologist who grew up in Ireland and currently lives in Amsterdam. She holds a doctorate in Myth and Symbol in Art, Literature and Religion. She lectures internationally, notably in Ireland, Mexico and the USA. Her talk will be illustrated by a remarkable collection of images, contemporary and historical, drawn from across Europe and beyond.

Dinner after the lecture

After the lecture we serve a home made fresh dinner for 15 euros. Our members will get an 15% reduction.

Time schedule Thursday, 15 November

  • 17:00 doors open
  • 17:30 - 18:45 lecture
  • 19:00 optional dinner

Location

  • Amsterdamse Academische Club (AAC)

    Oudezijds Achterburgwal 235 | 1012 DL Amsterdam
    +31 (0)20 5251570

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