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Black Paris

  • City: Paris
  • Term: Spring
  • Instruction in: English
  • NEW!

Black Paris is a unique program that highlights the African Diaspora in the City of Light through a 3-week, 3-credit course. Students will walk in the footsteps of African, African-American, and Caribbean poets, intellectuals and musicians, and understand their influence on Parisian and French culture.

Take a guided tour of the Louvre to discover the many (and sometimes hidden) portraits of people of African descent. Retrace the steps of a 19th-century black composer at the Paris Opera whose reputation rivaled Mozart’s. Black Paris goes beyond the traditional notion of France’s capital as a White European city. It examines many of the cultural symbols of France from a different perspective and uncovers the fascinating multi-cultural melting point that Paris truly is.

The program is led and taught by UM Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies Annette Joseph-Gabriel. Dr. Joseph-Gabriel’s research and teaching focus on francophone Caribbean and African literature, with interdisciplinary specializations in Afro-diasporic literary and cultural movements, and slavery in the French Atlantic.