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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
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Performing and Media Arts Summer Program in Europe

June 7-July 21, 2017


  • For Paris (June 7-28), students must enroll in the four-credit core course PMA 4372 Performativity in Paris (four credits).
    This is an interdisciplinary course that includes a critical survey of the history of performance and media in France from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Special attention is paid to connections between the body and material space and place in the built domain of urban Paris. Dance, architecture, and urban development will be studied in tandem as reflections of western ideology, looking to see how these art forms have contributed to, perpetuated, or confronted issues of classicism, modernity, race, class, gender, sexuality, and political and social power.
  • For Rome (June 30-July 21), students must enroll in the four-credit core course PMA 3380 Ancient/Modern Corpo-Realities (four credits).
    Held in Rome, this history/theory/criticism course examines the modern city as it interfaces with its past by analyzing corporeal/spatial epistemologies through the analyses of films that used Rome as a location. Additional course work in film production, performance, and writing allows students to re-inscribe their spatial/corporeal experiences into an alternative exhibition space of the city street or the written page. In addition, each student will be required to produce formal textual documentation and full textual analyses of this process and final performance, installation, or text-based product.

Students who are completing the full program of both sessions must enroll in both four-credit core courses described above. Students may also determine an individual focus in consultation with the director, Byron Suber: