A Meeting of Four Worlds: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Indigenous – Southern Spain

Discover historical connections between Spain and Vancouver Island past and present through a field school uncovering a Meeting of the Four Worlds: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Indigenous! Challenge your own experiences as a tourist in contemporary Spain against history and past! Immerse yourself in the culture through a unique journey while visiting a selection of the most important historical sites providing an outstanding artistic and cultural experience!

North Island College is excited to announce the opportunity for students to travel to Spain for a 22-day Field School to the Southern region of Spain and Extremadura.

Date: May 15 - June 6, 2023 (TBC)
Deadline for application: November 30, 2022
Cost: Around $6500
Credits: 9 credits for the following courses:

HIS 205 Travel in Time - 3 credits
FIN 106 Art History + Visual Culture Special Topics: A Meeting of Four Worlds: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Indigenous – Southern Spain, 711-1614 CE – 3 credits
FIN 245 Photography and Integrated Practices - 3 credits


Spain has witnessed intense and complex interactions between the peoples of the three Abrahamic religions. Their legacy has profoundly shaped Spain and is etched in its physical and cultural landscape.

This exciting Field School would not only introduce students to a particular prism through which to interpret Spanish history, defined by intensive and complex interactions between Christian, Muslim, and Jewish people, but would also challenge the students to assess their own experiences as a tourist in contemporary Spain against the backdrop of that tumultuous history. That would involve students not only interrogating the continuing legacies and representations of a multi-layered history within Spain itself but also defining themselves, in essence, as a fifth world, and pondering deeply the ways in which their own lives and perspectives can be connected to the history under study and the ways in which those connections manifests themselves through travel experience on the ground in today’s Spain. The relationship with the fourth world, the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, would be present throughout the field school, but it will, in part, be filtered through the stories of the conquistadors and imperial representations, rather than being encountered directly.

Itinerary: To be finalized
Accommodations/Meals: shared hotel rooms (double/triple) with breakfast included.

Those interested in this exciting opportunity are welcome to contact for more information.

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