CIVIS announces the opening of the registration for the CIVIS course “French Travellers in Mediterranean Lands”. The programme will take place in a blended format between February and May 2022.
Five sessions will be held online and five sessions will be held in Athens, Greece, depending on the Covid-related restrictions that will be in force in Greece at that moment. Eight sessions will be dedicated to lectures, and two sessions will be dedicated to MA students’ presentations.
CIVIS Students (except for students from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) will be supported by a mobility grant for their travel and stay in Athens.
This CIVIS course on French Travellers in Mediterranean Lands will focus on the understanding of the self and the other in terms of personal, cultural, ethnic and religious identities in times of crisis. Furthermore, it will focus on travel writing in times of sanitary, ecological or political emergency which will be analysed from an epistemic and ethical point of view. It will also present the ways that such crises affect travel writing (exploration, trade, pilgrimage, exile, migration, etc.) from an epistemic and ethical point of view. Moreover, it will analyse French travelogues as a source of information on the rediscovery of Antiquity by travellers as well as a testimony on patrimonial awareness of local populations.
The approach will be interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and cross-national embracing literature, comparative literature, history, art history, cultural studies and post-colonial studies. French travel writings will also be studied in the context of European travel texts in order to establish their connections and differences. Special attention will be given to travel illustrations (paintings, drawings, etchings, photographs) which contribute to the construction of difference and to the emergence of stereotypes and clichés.
Main topics addressed
- Travel literature
- Travel iconography
- French literature
- Patrimonial consciousness
This CIVIS course is open to Master’s students at the nine CIVIS member universities enrolled or interested in the following fields of studies: Travel Literature, French Literature, French Cultural History. A Bachelor’s degree in Humanities is required. The courses will be held in French. As such, besides a B1 level of English, a B2 level of French is also required.
Applicants should apply by 20 January 2022 by filling in the following form. Both the CV and the motivation letter must be in French. An interview in French is not excluded. Selected students will be notified on 25 January 2022.
Students will have to present research findings in class (oral presentation), prepare a research essay (short Master thesis, 13.000 signs) and take a final written exam (commentaire composé). The written exam is worth 3 ECTS.
More details about the intensive CIVIS Course “French Travellers in Mediterranean Lands” are available on the CIVIS webpage here.
CIVIS is a European Civic University formed by the alliance of nine leading research higher education institutions across Europe: Aix-Marseille Université, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Universitatea din București, Université libre de Bruxelles, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Sapienza Università di Roma, Stockholm University, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and University of Glasgow. It brings together a community of more than 450,000 students and 65,000 staff members including 30,000 academics and researchers. Recently, CIVIS was joined by Paris Lodron University of Salzburg.