Signature Seminar

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Negotiating Identities Across Europe’s Borders

PSC 433/ANT/GEO/HST/IRP/WRT/CRS 300.1 (3 credits)

Required; Pass/Fail grading is not an option for this course

This intensive traveling course offers an opportunity to interact with different cultures and places on Europe’s frontiers. In cities and in remote villages, you will encounter the dilemmas of European identities built on memories and current challenges of changing historical and sociopolitical conditions. You’ll also complete hands-on ethnographic assignments that culminate in an action research project (see Urban Labs) as well as final research papers. You’ll explore and compare:

  • Wroclaw, Poland
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
Fall 2021 update: Due to international health guidelines, the Signature Seminar will take place within Poland and will include the following cities and sites: Gdansk, Sejny, Lublin, Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim. These study locations take you along the Polish borders with Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Germany.