A short evening course starting in October aims to challenge the way women are depicted in the Baroque age. It examines the role and condition of women from the late 16th century to the late 17th century and focuses on symbolic female figures such as nuns, witches, prostitutes, rebels and philanthropists in an age where the seeds of rationality and a freer atmosphere were sown.

The nine-week course, entitled ‘Women in the Baroque Age’, is being organised by the International Institute for Baroque Studies in collaboration with Malta University Consulting Ltd at Le Roi Soleil Resource Centre at the University of Malta’s Faculty for the Built Environment, Msida.

The course coordinator and lecturer is Dr Christine Muscat, a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and the author of the bestselling book Magdalene Nuns and Penitent Prostitutes.

The course will consist of a series of lectures and group discussions. Lectures will be supplemented with a site visit which will enrich the participants’ experience of the topic. The course is aimed at a wide audience including students, academics, genealogists, documentary filmmakers, set and costume designers, artists, actors, novelists, photo researchers, general readers, and all those working for women’s rights.

Participants who attend at least 80 per cent of the sessions will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

For more information on the course visit the website below or e-mail maria. bugeja@muhc.com.mt.