Monthly Archives: January 2019

Visiting Dramatist in Paris

Paris students enjoyed a session this week with our Visiting Dramatist, Ana-Maria Bamberger, a multi-award winning playwright based in Paris and Hamburg.

Ana-Maria’s plays have been performed in 16 different countries, as well as on TV and radio. She is also the Artistic Director and co-founder of Magus Theatre Productions. Find out more about her work:

Students at the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture also receive private workshops with a Visiting Filmmaker and Visiting Artists during the term.

MA in History and Philosophy of Art student exhibits in London

Artistic works by Janise Yntema, who is studying the History and Philosophy of Art MA at the University’s Paris School of Arts and Culture, are being exhibited at the Cadogan Contemporary gallery in London.

Janise Yntema is already regarded as one of the foremost contemporary artists working in the ancient technique of beeswax encaustic, and by using original photography within her work has brought a contemporary platform to this historic medium.

The exhibition at the Cadogan Contemporary is entitled ‘A Sense of Place: Landscape and Identity’ and the works on display question the idea of landscape and truth, obscuring the boundary between photography and painting. Her use of beeswax ensures environmental concerns remain inherent within the works she produces.

The Farmed Land grey concrete by Janise Yntema

The Farmed Land by Janise Yntema

The exhibition runs from Monday 28 February until Friday 15 February at the Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD.

Janise is originally from New York and received her formal art training at Parson’s School of Design. Her works are found in the collections of several museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Gutenberg Museum in Germany and the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

To find out more, please see the gallery page here:

by Dan Worth, University of Kent News Centre

Kent historian uncovers Danny Dyer’s royal ancestry

University historian Dr Emily Guerry, who teaches at the University of Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture, will reveal that Danny Dyer is a direct descendant of the French King Louis IX (1214–1270), who was canonized a saint in 1297, in a new TV series.

Dr Guerry, of the School of History and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies(MEMS), helps the EastEnders actor make the discovery during ‘Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family‘, which airs at 9PM on 23 January on BBC One.

Dr Guerry, a medieval historian, explains to Dyer that his distant ancestor was extremely pious. He pierced the tongues of blasphemers, he prayed like a monk, and when he acquired the relic of the Crown of Thorns, purported to be worn by Jesus Christ at his crucifixion, he led a humble procession through the streets of Paris in honour of its arrival. As part of the programme, Danny Dyer restaged this sacred event by wearing only a linen tunic and walking barefoot through the French capital while carrying a replica of the relic (accompanied by a medieval choir). Dyer also pays a special visit with Dr Guerry to the Sainte-Chapelle, the Gothic chapel designed to contain the Crown relic.

For Dr Guerry, ‘it was an absolute delight to work with Danny Dyer and share my knowledge and intellectual passion for King Louis IX and the Sainte-Chapelle with him. I never imagined that I would meet a direct descendant of Louis (or that this person would be a famous actor) but I’ve enjoyed every minute of working on this project with the BBC.’

In her research, Dr Guerry examines the relationship between religious devotion and artistic representation in the Middle Ages. She is particularly interested in how the veneration of relics influenced Christian iconography in medieval Paris.

Sandy Fleming, University of Kent News centre

February open evening announced in Paris

Admissions and academic members of staff will be present to meet with prospective students and parents on Wednesday, 20 February from 17.00-19.00.

Anyone curious about studying at the University, whether at one of its four postgraduate study centres on the European continent, or in its home county of Kent in the UK are welcome to come along and speak to our admissions representatives. We welcome enquiries for all levels of study: undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD level.

The open evening will be held at the University’s Paris Centre based at Reid Hall, in the heart of the 6e arrondissement. Light fare will be served.

Guests are invited to book their place here: