Paris MA Film student celebrates documentary premiere

Congratulations to former MA Film student at the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture Ece Ger who has recently celebrated the world premiere of her documentary, Meeting Jim, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Meeting Jim is a feature length documentary about Jim Haynes, an extraordinary 83-year-old man and his legendary Sunday dinners in Paris that are free and open to the public.

It takes you on a journey back to his lifetime, a man who grabbed with heart and soul the spirit of the 60s and continued to carry it throughout his life. This journey becomes also a physical one when he takes a train from the city of Paris, where he lives, to London and Edinburgh, the cities where he left his unique mark. A journey that will not only bring out his past and memories, but also his carefully preserved collection of human interconnections.


Find out more about the film here.

Find out more about the Edinburgh International Film Festival here.

MA Festival: Revolutions

To mark the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 student protests and general strikes in France, the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture presents the third annual MA Festival and Conference: REVOLUTIONS.

The events of 1968 began in the Latin Quarter of Paris with students protesting an outdated university system and insufficient employment opportunities after graduation. Following a demonstration at the Sorbonne on 3rd May where students were arrested in their hundreds, courses at the university were suspended and students then took their protest to the streets as a result. Barricades were built and the number of student protestors in the city rose to 40,000. Rioting began on 10th May and lead to the arrest and hospitalisation of hundreds. After this day, wildcat general strikes swept the whole country involving several million workers. Authorities feared a radical socialist revolution as the Latin Quarter lay in ruin and industry in France came to a standstill. Violence and strikes continued throughout May and into June of 1968.

Based at Reid Hall in Montparnasse, just a stone’s throw away from the Latin Quarter, the University of Kent finds itself at the heart of the lively left-bank of Paris. Since the 1890s, Reid Hall has been a space for intellectuals and creatives, with an intermission during the First World War where the building was used as a hospital for French and American officers, the building has since returned to its academic roots and today houses universities from America and the United Kingdom.

From 4th – 8th June 2018, students of the Paris School of Arts and Culture will host an interdisciplinary programme of events dedicated to history, film, literature, visual arts and music, to remember not only May 1968 but moments of protest, resistance and innovation throughout history.

We will be highlighting the different events in the upcoming weeks and you can discover the entire festival programme here.

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From Paris to Rome

Students from the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture had the exciting opportunity to take a study trip to Rome this Spring term.

Amongst visits to historical monuments and museums across the city, students enjoyed a private tour of the famous Villa Farnesina led by Professor Tom Henry, Academic Director of the University of Kent Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies (RSCRS). Paris students gave presentations in the company of their Rome student counter-parts at the Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies home at the American University in Rome (AUR). See their highlights in the photo gallery below!

The trip to Rome was a fantastic opportunity to discover another historic European city.  It was interesting meet our ‘Roman’ counter-parts and to have a taste of how they learn in the city.  We saw many monuments, galleries, museums and of course sample the local cuisine. The Sistine Chapel was a huge highlight, though it was also fascinating to have a tour of the Villa Farnesina by Professor Tom Henry.  The trip was certainly something I won’t forget!

Alice Helliwell, Student and President of the Paris Society


Painter to the King

Amy Sackville, author and teacher of Creative Writing at the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture, has released her third novel Painter to the King.

This week it appears as the Guardian’s Book of the Week and is described as “one of the finest historical novels of recent years” by a novelist with “extraordinary gifts.”

Her first novel, The Still Point won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was long-listed for the Dylan Thomas and the Orange Prizes. Her second novel Orkney won a Somerset Maugham Award.

Amy Sackville will be appearing at Shakespeare & Co, a historic bookstore in Paris, on the 3rd of May. She will be teaching at the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture this Autumn 2018.


Students at the Paris School of Arts and Culture celebrated the end of the Spring term in style with dinner on the Seine, starting near the famous Pont des Arts which until recently was covered with thousands of padlocks.

The evening was organised by the Paris Society, a student group who organise varied activities across Paris throughout the year. Other activities this term have included an excursion to the Château de Versailles, a cinema trip and a St Patrick’s day party.

BBC report filmed in Paris

The University’s Paris School of Arts and Culture was the focus of a BBC Sunday Politics South East report on the importance of student and staff mobility.

Filmed on 27 and 28 February, reporter Briohny Williams interviewed Professor Jeremy Carrette, Kent’s Dean for Europe, and students Alice Cadney and Olivia Toulmin about Erasmus+ and the opportunities studying abroad presents. Professor Carrette also outlined the University’s plans for ensuring student and staff mobility continues post-Brexit.

French alumni Kim Randazzo and Theo Thieffry spoke about their experiences of studying at Kent and, more broadly, in the UK.

The report was broadcast on 18 March and can be viewed by the UK audience here  (from 41:00) for 29 days.

Resistance in WWII Paris

Nigel Perrin, PHD student in the School of History at the University of Kent and teacher on the HI890: Revolutions & Resistance module in Paris, led students around the 16th arrondissement of Paris, highlighting places of resistance in WWII Paris.

Follow the adventures of the students on the HI890: Revolutions & Resistance module across Paris here.

Bilingual poetry reading

On Thursday 15th March we welcomed Allen Fisher to Reid Hall as part of our Thursday lecture series. This was our first event featuring readings in both English and French. Allen Fisher began the evening with a conference, Decoherence Aesthetics. This was followed by readings from his work in English and we were also pleased to welcome Jean-Charles Depaule, who gave readings in French. Olivier Brossard, from l’Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée, read the translations.

This evening was organised as part of our Thursday lecture series, in conjunction with the group Poets & Critics and with the support of l’Institut Universitaire de France.


Allen Fisher

Born in London in 1944, Fisher is a poet, painter, publisher, teacher and performer. He has exhibited widely and has work in the Tate collection, King’s College Archive, Living Museum Iceland, and Hereford Museum. He participated as poet, performer and installation artist with the English Fluxus group in the 1970s. He started professional work as a painter in 1978. After twenty years in lead and plastics industries he started teaching art, art history and poetry at Goldsmiths’ College in the eighties. He started work at Herefordshire College of Art & Design in 1989 and in 1998 became Head of Art at Roehampton University. In 2002 he was appointed as Professor of Poetry & Art and in 2005 became Head of Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Art.

Last year saw a reprint of his volume PLACE and the publication of the collected Gravity as a consequence of shape, from Reality Street and a collection of essays, Imperfect Fit,published by University of Alabama.

Jean-Charles Depaule

Jean-Charles Depaule was born in Toulon in 1945. After spending his childhood in Nîmes and Paris, he lived in Cairo and Marseille before settling in Paris again. An urban anthropologist as well as a poet, Jean Charles Depaule taught at the School of Architecture of Versailles before pursuing his research on the spaces of the Eastern Arab world and on the words of urban life at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). Besides his writing practices as scholar and poet, Depaule is also an artist who works with 2 or 3D images.

Jean-Charles Depaule has explored and practiced decasyllabic and irregular lines, quatrains, and sestina writing. He has also been working on translations, descriptions and portraits. He wrote several essays on what he calls the labor of poetry (on such topics as diverse as the new generation of French poets at the end of the 1990s, contemporary Arabic poetry, sound poetry, Charles Olson, Francis Ponge, Emmanuel Hocquard…)

A former member of the editorial board of the poetry journals Action poétique and If, he was also an editor of the art history and anthropology journal Gradhiva. A co-founder ofIrrégulomadaire (a journal exploring the relationships between text and image), he is a regular contributor to CCPCahier Critique de Poésie.

Paris underground

Nigel Perrin, PHD student in the School of History at the University of Kent and teacher on the HI890: Revolutions & Resistance module in Paris, organised for a group of students to visit the Carrière des Capucins. Everyone has heard of the Catacombes, however this section of the city is normally closed to the general public. Guide Gilles Thomas brought this secret area underneath Paris to life for the students.

Read more about subterranean resistance and the Nazi occupation in an article by Nigel Perrin here.

Follow the adventures of the students on the HI890: Revolutions & Resistance module across Paris here.

Daniel Hahn appointed to The Paris Writer’s Residency

20 March – 19 April 2018

The American University of Paris, the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture and the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Irish Arts Centre) are pleased to announce that Daniel Hahn has been appointed to the first Paris Writer’s Residency. We look forward to welcoming him to Paris to work with our students and to join our community of writers.       

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with fifty-something books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and the LA Times Book Awards. Recent books include the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature and a co-translation of a Guatemalan novel. He is a past chair of the Society of Authors (the UK’s writers’ union) and currently on the board of a number of organisations that work with literature and free expression.