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Paris, France (Outgoing w/Side Trips Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Country: French Target Language: English
Enrollment: 16
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Department / Program: African and African American Studies
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Program Overview

Language of Instruction: English
AAAS ParisThis is a biennial program and will not be offered in the summer of 2019

The African and African American Studies Program (AAAS) offers an FSP in Paris, France, entitled Afro/Black Paris: The African Diaspora and the City of Light. Centered at Reid Hall, the celebrated 18th century university campus in Paris, this FSP is focused on the historical, cultural, and social significance of African descended people in this region of the African diaspora. The Afro/Black Paris FSP is intensive, interdisciplinary, immersive, and comprised of three courses taught in English that examine the topics of (1) slavery and colonialism; (2) African/Black Americans in relation to Afro/Black French people (past and present); and (3) literary texts by French writers of African descent. Students enrolled at Dartmouth’s exchange partner schools, including Spelman, Morehouse and schools participating in the Twelve College Exchange are eligible and welcome to apply.

Paris, France is one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. It is also an exceptional site in the African diaspora, a “City of Light” that Ernest Hemingway befittingly describes as “a moveable feast.” Nowhere has a metropolis in mainland Europe been so historically and socially transformed by a fascinating diversity of people from countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Although their presence in France is centuries-old, Paris and France continue to be a contested home for their French descendants and others of African descent where questions of race, racialization, racism, anti-racism and their intersection conjugate with myths, narratives, and representations of these regions as colorblind and race-free.

What is Afro/Black Paris? What are the important events, key debates, and central figures associated with it? What do belonging and identity politics look like on the ground for citizens and denizens who refer to themselves and/or are referred to by others as “Afro French,” “B/black,” or “N/noir-e-s?” Is it as James Baldwin writes, “[i]n America, the color of my skin had stood between myself and me; in Europe, that barrier was down?”

Experience a unique opportunity to explore “another Paris,” the exceptional and lived-experience that we refer to as Afro/Black Paris!

Experience workshops on art, cuisine, film, Hip Hop, jazz, the literary landscape, museums, open markets, and so much more!

Experience field trips, ranging from a major slave port in France (i.e., Nantes) to the fairy tale medieval village and chateau in the Dordogne region (i.e., Chateau des Milandes) where Josephine Baker and her twelve adopted children prospered!

The FSP is operated in partnership with Academic Programs International (API). API is an educational organization dedicated to providing challenging and enriching study abroad programs.


Faculty Directors 
2018 Summer:
Professors Trica Keaton
Professor Françoise Vergés
Curator Laurella Rinçon

Preference will be given to students who have taken at least one course in AAAS.

Student Life

Living Accommodations: TBA

Students will stay in hotels during overnight fieldtrips.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Trica Keaton at

or visit the AAAS website at

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees
The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for this program by clicking here. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid
In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.