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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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 Location Paris, France
 Academic
 Term
Early Fall 2017
August 16 – September 12, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $2,580
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Douglas Collins
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey | studyabroad@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Mon., Jan. 23rd 6:00-7:30 pm in CMU 120
Thurs., Jan. 26th 2:30-3:20 pm in PDL B-528 
Mon., Jan. 30th 4:30-6:00 pm in CMU 226
Tues., Feb. 7th, 1:30-2:20 pm in PDL B-528
Tues., Feb. 21st, 2:30-3:20 pm in PDL B-528 
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General A poetic and artistic exploration of Paris
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Program Description

Surrealism, which emerged in Paris in the early 1920s from the social upheaval of post-WWI Europe and more especially from Dadaism, is arguably the most influential avant-garde movement of the 20th century. It rejected social, moral and logical conventions and sought to revolutionize art, literature, politics and life in the name of freedom, desire and the unconscious. Surrealist art, which was viewed by the surrealists as a means of liberation beyond purely aesthetic considerations, is characterized by a diveChar, Bataille, Leiris), in politics (Situationism, the May 1968 student revolt), in theater and performance art (Artaud, Living Theater, Bob Wilson) and in psychoanalytic theory (Lacan).

In this Exploration Seminar, we will study surrealism in the city where it was born and which provided the stage for so many of its experiments. Readings and lectures will be complemented by screenings of surrealist movies and field trips to museums that have holdings of surrealist and Dada productions (Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée Picasso, Halle Saint Pierre). In addition, we will visit the sites of Paris and its vicinity evoked by the surrealists in their texts and photographs. In order to recapture the poetry of the modern city that the surrealists created, students will be sent scouring Paris for odd, ‘surrealist’ objects and asked to bring back photos, videos, drawings or descriptions of their wanderings and encounters, which they will be expected to share with the rest of the group in the form they choose to adopt. In the spirit of surrealism, creativity, imagination and humor will be encouraged at all levels. The ‘Surrealist Paris’ that we will explore is not the Paris of tourists and guides, but a poetic and artistic experience that everyone can partake in.

Because of its interdisciplinary character, this course is appealing to a wide range of students on campus and is cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Art History

Dorm-style housing is arranged at the Cité Universitaire Internationale, a very nice – and very safe -- campus for international students located in the south part of Paris. Classes take place at the same site.

Location

Paris, France

Sites

Fontainebleau, Chartres, Versailles, Milly-la-Forêt

Housing

Students will be housed in dorms at the Maison des Etudiants Canadiens at the Cité Internationale Universitaire. This is a very safe place with 24/7 staff and doorperson.

Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is open to any UW undergraduate student with an interest in the humanities and arts. There is no ideal student for this program – they all are as long as they are willing to think and learn out of the box.

No language requirements. No prerequisites either, except an open mind and a commitment to working in group with other students.

No physical requirements except the ability to walk around in Paris.

Credits

5 Credits

Courses

C LIT 320 or ART H 309 (5 credits)

In this Exploration Seminar, we will study surrealism in the city where it was born and which provided the stage for so many of its experiments. Readings and lectures will be complemented by screenings of surrealist movies and field trips to museums that have holdings of surrealist and Dada productions (Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée Picasso, Halle Saint Pierre). In addition, we will visit the sites of Paris and its vicinity evoked by the surrealists in their texts and photographs. In order to recapture the poetry of the modern city that the surrealists created, students will be sent scouring Paris for odd, ‘surrealist’ objects and asked to bring back photos, videos, drawings or descriptions of their wanderings and encounters, which they will be expected to share with the rest of the group in the form they choose to adopt. In the spirit of surrealism, creativity, imagination and humor will be encouraged at all levels. The ‘Surrealist Paris’ that we will explore is not the Paris of tourists and guides, but a poetic and artistic experience that everyone can partake in.

Readings -

  • André Breton, Manifestoes of Surrealism, Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • André Breton, Nadja, Grove Press
  • André Breton, Communicating Vessels, Bison Books 
  • Louis Aragon, Paris Peasant, Exact Change


Learning Goals: 

  1. to practice close reading skills
  2. to acquire visual literacy
  3. to develop skills for reading an urban environment more effectively—in historically, culturally and ideologically aware ways

Program Directors & Staff

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, Program Director

mbj@u.washington.edu

Douglas Collins, Department of French and Italian Studies, and Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, Program Co-Director

dcollins@u.washington.edu

Program Expenses

Cost: $2,580

Estimated Program Fee of $2,580, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $25-$30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,100 - $1,400* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $2,580 October 13, 2017
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $2,930 -

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing studyabroad@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.