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Harvard Summer Program in Aix-en-Provence, France

PROGRAM CANCELLED: The Aix-en-Provence, France, program will not run in 2016.

This unique program, situated in the picturesque town of Aix-en-Provence, brings together students of Arabic and French language and culture to examine historical, literary, and cultural aspects of Arab and European interactions in the colonial and postcolonial (contemporary) eras. Themes include cross-cultural perceptions, tradition versus modernity binaries, travel, exile, immigration, gender, and family. Field trips and lectures on topics related to the area supplement class time.

The program will be of particular interest to those who focus on Arabic and French language and area studies. There are two courses, taught by faculty from Harvard:

  • An intensive upper-level language class (Arabic or French) introducing you to literary and cultural texts that treat Arab-European encounters
  • A literary and cultural criticism course (in English) covering seminal works of contemporary literary and cultural theories on postcoloniality (i.e., negritude, orientalism) and Mediterraneanism as ways of understanding the primary texts