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Welcome Week: Scavenger hunt winners!

During Welcome Week for new postgraduate students in Paris, we hold a scavenger hunt across the Left Bank.

Students follow the trail across the 5th and 6th arrondissements, discovering new sites, taking photos and getting to know each other along the way.

The prize this year: Cheese and Wine tasting!

Documentary screening and discussion for Black History month

Students at the Paris School of Arts and Culture participated in a documentary screening and discussion, an event co-hosted with the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), in the context of UK Black History Month. The event follows a new cooperation agreement between the two universities based in Paris.

This first joint event between the two Paris-based Universities featured a discussion between the Cameroon film-maker Jean-Marie Teno and African cinema specialist Melissa Thackway, with a showing of Teno’s documentary film ‘Afrique, je te plumerai / Africa, I will fleece you’ (1992), examining colonialism and Cameroon’s War of Independence.

Students at the Paris School of Arts and Culture followed social distancing measures and connected remotely to ULIP for the discussion.

 

Kent and University of London Institute in Paris launch new cooperation agreement

The University of Kent in Paris and the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) have committed to enhancing the learning experience in Paris for both their student bodies by working more closely together, particularly during these challenging times of Covid-19 and at the end of the Brexit transition period.

Both institutions are the only UK universities to have academic centres in Paris and offer a unique opportunity to UK and international students seeking to gain the intellectual experience of living and studying in the city.

Through their new cooperation agreement, students at both institutions will benefit from greater resource sharing and linked activities between the two universities and their student societies. They will also have access to a wider social network and shared knowledge on the practical approaches to living and studying in Paris.

For the universities, they will deliver joint seminars and lectures, explore the synergies of research engagement across the two institutions, and cooperate on the delivery of quality education during a globally uncertain time.

The first joint event will be a discussion between the Cameroon film-maker Jean-Marie Teno and African cinema specialist Melissa Thackway, with a showing of Teno’s documentary film ‘Afrique, je te plumerai / Africa, I will fleece you’ (1992), examining colonialism and Cameroon’s War of Independence. It will take place on 21 October, as part of Black History Month.

The agreement was signed by Professor Georgina Randsley de Moura, Kent’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Strategy, Planning and Performance, and Dr Tim Gore, Chief Executive Officer of the University of London Institute in Paris. Together with Professor Jeremy Carrette, Kent’s Dean for Europe, they said:

‘This is an exciting adventure to bring together our UK-based educational experiences in Paris and we are looking forward to the new opportunities it will bring for our respective institutions. We have frequently worked together in a number of ways over the past few years to provide our students with life-changing experiences and opportunities. Through our new agreement we will be able to improve our offer through the sharing of resources, local knowledge and support. It will enhance the student experience and enrich their time in one of the most exciting European cities for art, literature and culture.’

Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture is a specialist postgraduate centre offering advanced, flexible degrees across the arts, including in architecture, history of art, film, drama and literature. Its modules were designed to capitalise on the city’s vast heritage and culture. Established in 2010, the School is based in Columbia Global Center‘s Reid Hall in the district of Montparnasse.

The University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) traces its history as a centre of Franco-British academic friendship back to the end of the 19th century. It became an Institute of the University of London in 1970. The campus is located in the 7th Arrondissement, home to many of Paris’s most famous cultural landmarks. Its activity in Paris includes an interdisciplinary undergraduate programme in French Studies, International Politics and Cultural Studies; a post graduate community and a lively research and public seminar programme. ULIP has a number of active partnerships in particular with Queen Mary University of London; King’s College London and Goldsmiths University of London.

Prof Jeremy Carrette interviewed by the BBC in Reid Hall

Sophie Mackintosh appointed to The Paris Writer’s Residency

The University of Kent Paris School of Arts and CultureAmerican University of Paris and the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Irish Arts Centre) are pleased to announce that Sophie Mackintosh has been appointed to the Paris Writer’s Residency. We look forward to welcoming her to Paris to work with our students and to join our community of writers.

Sophie Mackintosh is a writer from Wales, currently based in London. Her debut novel, The Water Cure, was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize, shortlisted for the Collyer Bristow prize, and won a Betty Trask award. In 2016 she won The White Review short story prize, and her fiction, essays and poetry have been published by the New York Times, Granta, and the Stinging Fly, among others. Her next novel, Blue Ticket, will be published in May 2020 by Hamish Hamilton and June 2020 by Doubleday.

Sophie Mackintosh will be in Paris from March 18 to April 18, 2020. Alongside workshops with students from the University of Kent and American University of Paris, she will be holding a public reading at the Centre Culturel Irlandais on Thursday 2 April. We will be in touch shortly with details on how to sign up for this event. In the meantime, you can find out more about her work via the links below.

Website

Twitter

Instagram

This is the third year of the Paris Writer’s Residency and previously we have welcomed Daniel Hahn and Sampurna Chattarji to Paris. The Paris School of Arts and Culture gratefully acknowledges support from the School of English and Dean for Internationalisation, University of Kent.

Paris students celebrate the end of term

University of Kent Paris students celebrate the end of the Spring term together over dinner at Pink Mamma. This event was organised by The Paris Society, the student union in Paris.

Find out more about studying and living in Paris: https://www.kent.ac.uk/paris/

Paris Society takes up tango

The Paris Society, a student-led group, organise regular cultural events across the city for Paris students.

This week they held a beginners tango workshop, animated by Dr Angela Gallego-Sala (Paris Summer School lecturer) and Professor Peter Brown (Paris Academic Director).

Follow the Paris Society’s events programme here.

 

British Parisians and London French: Living, Loving, and Lingering in the Neighbour’s City

This week we are hosting a conference which considers who, when, why and how the British make their home in Paris and how the French become Londoners, historically and today.

This conference is open to the public and will be held in the Salle de Conférence. This space is located at the end of the second interior courtyard. Sign up here.

For centuries, and in significant numbers in contemporary Paris and London, the British and the French have crossed the Channel for short, long and indefinite stays in their neighbouring capital cities. These Parisian British and London French citizens occupy a very particular place in the wider native and migrant compositions of the Paris and London metropolises.

This afternoon seminar and early evening public event consider the diverse experiences of the British and the French who made, and continue to make, that crossing to the other’s city. It examines aspects of when, why and how they make their lives there, and what happens when they do. These British Parisian and London French lives incarnate the symbiosis between London and Paris which endures and which transcends the political weather. Speakers and participants are drawn from a range of specialists on Franco-British cultural relations, and from those currently engaged in making a life and a home in the neighbour’s city.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to get in touch at paris@kent.ac.uk.

Sampurna Chattarji appointed to The Paris Writer’s Residency

The University of Kent Paris School of Arts and
Culture, American University of Paris and the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Irish Arts Centre) are pleased to announce that Sampurna Chattarji has been appointed to the Paris Writer’s
Residency for 2019. We look forward to welcoming her to Paris to work with our
students and to join our community of writers.

Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, author, translator and teacher based in Mumbai,
India. She says:

I am utterly delighted and honoured to be awarded the Paris Writer’s
Residency 2019. I hope to capture the capacious, random beauty of the
quotidian in newly disruptive ways as I live and work in Paris for a
month. I also greatly look forward to my interactions with the Creative
Writing students. Having just recently published Over and Underground in
Mumbai & Paris (Context, October 2018), the result of a collaborative
project with the Paris-based poet Karthika Naïr and the artist Joëlle
Jolivet, it seems like one adventure segueing into another. Merçi
beaucoup!

Following on from last year’s inaugural residency, which saw Daniel Hahn step into the role, Sampurna Chattarji will be in Paris from March 19 to April 18, 2019. She keeps an online blog dedicated to her work and tweets @ShampooChats.

The Paris School of Arts and Culture gratefully acknowledges support from the School of English and Dean for Internationalisation, University of Kent.

 

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: http://www.ana-maria-bamberger.com/en/

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.

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