Art, Identity, and Representation in Senegal and France

Language Requirement: No
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore of above
Location: Multicountry, Africa, Senegal, Europe, France
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview
This program will not run in summer 2022.

This three-week study abroad program will take you to Senegal and Paris to study the influence of African art worldwide, art in Senegalese society, and the impacts of colonization, imperialism and racism on art worldwide. This three-week study abroad course begins in Dakar, Senegal with homestays and excursions to museums, markets and the UNESCO heritage site—Gorée Island. The third week of the program is in Paris, where you will study institutions and organizations displaying Senegalese art and meet with arts and cultural administrators at the Quai Branly, Musée Picasso, and Musée De L‘Homme to examine political, practical and philosophical concepts, of cultural heritage, interpretation and restituting works of art back to Africa.

There is an option to attend a shorter version of the program. If you select this shorter version of the program, you will go to Dakar, Senegal to live in a homestay, go to Gorée Island and other excursions, and study alongside students on the longer version of the program. This shorter version of the program does not go to Paris, France. See academic details below.

Academic Details

Over the three weeks you will earn 6 UO quarter credits. The course, Mining Cultural Institutions: Material Culture and the Arts of West Africa: Senegal/Paris, is 400 or 500 level credit from the School of Planning, and Public Policy Management. This credit applies toward the Planning and Public Policy Management major/minor and the graduate degrees Master of Community and Regional Planning, Master of Nonprofit Management, and Master of Public Administration as "Field of Interest".

If you select the shorter, ten-day version of the program you will earn 2 UO quarter credits.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

Lisa Abia-Smith is the Director of Education at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Senior Instructor in the College of Art and Design at the UO, teaching courses in arts and healthcare, accessible arts, museum education, and arts management. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences on arts and healthcare programs and art education for marginalized communities.

Abia-Smith’s work as the director of education at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art intersects with her teaching practice and provides undergraduate and graduate students with practical application and fieldwork immersing in art education for visitors of all ages and abilities. Since 2011, she has led the Art of the Athlete program at the University of Oregon. In 2014 she was selected as Oregon’s Art Museum Educator of the Year and is a board member of the Oregon Art Education Association. She has authored 3 book chapters published by academic presses. Juried and invited lectures have been given at numerous international, national, and regional conventions, symposia, and universities including the Inclusive Museum Research Network Conference at the University of Granada, Spain in 2018 and at the Inclusive Museum Research Network in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2019.

Dr. Doug Blandy’s research has been published in Studies in Art Education, Art Education, the Journal of Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Research in Art Education, and the Visual Sociology Review, among other journals. His research has also been published in scholarly books. He has co-edited four books published by academic presses. Juried and invited lectures have been given at numerous international, national, and regional conventions, symposia, and universities. Professional service has included leadership positions within the Cultural Policy Network of the Center for Arts and Culture, the United States Society for Education through Art, Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education, and the Public Policy and Arts Administration affiliate of the National Art Education Association.

His research and teaching focuses on providing art experiences in community-based settings that meet the needs of all participants. Research and teaching has also concentrated on the relationships between art, education, community, and place. My research and teaching is informed by the belief that arts and cultural settings have been, and continue to be, among those informal and formal enclaves in which people assemble, work, and act together for a variety of social, political, cultural, economic, aesthetic, and educational purposes. The arts are a catalyst for dialogue about individual and group identity; local, national, and international concerns; and ultimately the pursuit of democracy.

Housing Description

In Senegal, you will stay in pairs in Senegalese families within walking distance of markets, restaurants, and the class space at the Baobob Center.

In Paris, you will live with other program participants in a hostel in the 19th arrondissement. Each room will have wifi and two to three people from the program.

Dates and Deadlines
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Travel Advisories

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