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Skidmore in Paris

Paris Fall Seminar

In fall 2016, study in Paris with Skidmore Professor Michael Ennis-McMillan from the Department of Anthropology. The fall 2016 Paris Fall Seminar, titled “Multicultural France: Urban Identities and Social Change in Paris,” allows students to gain a first-hand understanding of contemporary cultural changes in France.   Walking tours explore multiculturalism in public spaces, including neighborhoods, streets, the metro, and parks.  We will also visit museums that represent France’s ties to the Caribbean, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  A field trip to Marseille allows students to explore France’s second largest city, a major gateway for immigrants from former French colonies.  Student projects use observations and photography to represent cultural diversity in Paris.  Through course readings, fieldtrips, and projects, students develop a broad view of contemporary cultural diversity in France.  How are French people grappling with being French and Muslim?  What does “street democracy” mean in Paris?  How are public parks and museums involved in public debates about ethnicity and citizen activism?

The Program and Seminar Director

The Seminar Director for the fall 2016 program is Michael C. Ennis-McMillan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, who teaches cultural anthropology, ethnographic methods, and medical anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Skidmore College.

The Paris Fall Seminar program, offered every fall, is a faculty-led program designed to offer students an opportunity to study in Paris, even if they have little or no French language skills. The program is hosted by the Skidmore in Paris program, which has been offered since 1980. The Seminar Director position is filled by a different Skidmore professor each year, and past directors have come from the departments of History, Government, Foreign Languages & Literature, and English.


 

Paris Fall Seminar 2016
Multicultural France:  Urban Identities and Social Change in Paris

The seminar allows students to gain a first-hand understanding of contemporary cultural changes in France.   Walking tours explore multiculturalism in public spaces, including neighborhoods, streets, the metro, and parks.  We will also visit museums that represent France’s ties to the Caribbean, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  A field trip to Marseille allows students to explore France’s second largest city, a major gateway for immigrants from former French colonies.  Student projects use observations and photography to represent cultural diversity in Paris.  Through course readings, fieldtrips, and projects, students develop a broad view of contemporary cultural diversity in France.  How are French people grappling with being French and Muslim?  What does “street democracy” mean in Paris?  How are public parks and museums involved in public debates about ethnicity and citizen activism? 

 

Skidmore Paris students

Courses & Credits

Participants enroll in a total of four courses: a French language course, two seminar courses taught by the Professor Ennis-McMillan, and one additional course offered at the Skidmore Center or a partner institution in Paris. There is no French language requirement to apply for the Paris Fall Seminar − all courses, except the French language course, are taught in English. Students must be enrolled in or have completed AN-101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology to be eligible to apply for the 2016 Paris Fall Seminar.

The 2016 Paris Fall Seminar program, Multicultural France:  Urban Identities and Social Change in Paris, is made up of the following courses for a total of 15-16 credits:

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