A Summary from a Rapporteuring Seminar
The following is a summary I wrote while attending a rapporteuring and writing seminar. I was pleasantly surprised when they gave us a summary writing exercise centring on history as it is one of my favourite subjects.
Summary wirtten by me on Caribbean Social History
A modern social historian explained the challenges associated with modern social history or post modern history. Post modern history was defined as an attempt to reconstruct vanished societies and the past lives of individuals long deceased. Therefore, reconstruction is a vital aspect of this type of historical investigation. The main sources of historical social reconstruction are usually documents such as court records and newspaper reports. One of the main objectives of a social historian is attempting to recreate as visual and textured a picture as possible, because there will always be more than one perspactive on subject matter.
The paintings by Agostino Bruinas, a 18th century artist, were used as examples to illustrate how perspectives of historical items can differ. Brunias spent time in Dominica and St. Vincent and his paintings depicted African slaves as well dressed, well fed happy individuals. But to what extent was that reality? One point of view could be that he is a propagandist trying to impress upon viewers of his work that slaves were treated well. Another point of view is that he was merely commissioned to paint these artworks by a wealthy plantation owner and simply completed what he was paid to paint.
Whatever the reason, analysis of these paintings could also shed light on gender relations and colour and class interactions of the period.