EDSE 4070 - Topics in: African Arts & Culture, Travel to Ouidah,
Benin, West Africa
Course number and title:
EDSE 4070: African Arts and
Culture, Benin, West Africa
Winter Study Abroad 2013-14
Dates: Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 12,
(Optional 3 day extension in Paris available.)
Instructor: Dr. Lydia Dambekalns, Associate Professor,
This will be the second time this trip is being offered
after its successful inauguration last year. Come spend winter break with us on
the warm coast of the Atlantic Ocean sampling the contemporary life and history
of West Africa!
The site of this study abroad opportunity is the small
francophone country of Benin (formally called Dahomey) in West Africa, situated
on the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be based in the fascinating city of
Ouidah, historical birthplace of voodoo and the slave trade of 18th-19th
centuries, and currently home to a vibrant living arts culture. Organizational
in-county liaison is the Centre Internationale for Art and Music at Ouidah
(which can be googled as CIAMO.org on the Web).
Highlights include: instruction in the integrated arts
of traditional African music, dance and visual art, visits to see active public
school classrooms, short excursions to interesting nearby villages and historic
sites, and an extended excursion to Abomey, the palace site of the original
kings of Dahomey. This is a great chance to practice French language although
English translations will be provided throughout.
Note: Mandatory attendance of pre-trip orientation in
fall 2013, plus post-trip special project due, tailored to individual major
area of study.
For more information please contact Dr. Dambekalns,