University of Kent: Paris Summer School

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The University of Kent offers two Paris-based summer schoolsRevolutions This allows students to explore how French culture has long been at the centre of innovation in the fields of architecture, film, literature, art, philosophy and drama.Student... read more

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The University of Kent offers two Paris-based summer schools

Revolutions 
This allows students to explore how French culture has long been at the centre of innovation in the fields of architecture, film, literature, art, philosophy and drama.Students will spend two weeks in Paris in an interdisciplinary environment surrounded by the rich history and culture that the city of Paris has to offer. Sessions with expert lecturers and guest speakers will be combined with related excursions, resulting in an intellectually stimulating programme in the Humanities and an experience of living and studying in one of Europe’s major capitals.  All tuition will be in English so although knowledge of French may be helpful, it is not required for the Summer Schools. The accommodation, tuition, entrance fees on trips, variety of lunches throughout the 2 weeks, a 2 week travel card around Paris and a celebratory final dinner to mark the end of the summer school are all included in the cost of the Summer School.

Urban Ethnography 
The annual 1 week SSPSSR UG Summer School in Urban Ethnography provides participants with direct experience of urban ethnography and equips them with skills for future research. The Summer School exposes students to the principles and practices of ethnography in the study of people, place, practices and things in the urban setting of Paris and involves doing ethnography in the city and of the city. It gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in ‘natural’ social environments and learn to tune into what is going on around them, making the strange familiar and the familiar strange. It is an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of ethnography both in the classroom and in the city, and with an implicitly comparative stance. The Summer School sets ethnography in its intellectual context paying attention to its renaissance through the development of visual and sensory approaches in addition to a reliance on direct observation and interaction. The specific themes of the 2018 Summer School are:


  • Exploring rhythm in city life

  • Cultural and religious difference

  • Multisensory ethnography in contested spaces: segregation and sex work

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Sociology
  • Creative Writing
  • Comparative Literature
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