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December 28, 2013 - January 11, 2014
Professor Marie-Sophie Armstrong
Modern Laguages & Literature
$3,700 (Tentative) – This includes tuition for three credits, lodging in host families (breakfast and dinner included), one night hotel stay (double occupancy). The program cost also includes an international Student ID Card. Not included: airfare, local travel, lunches, meals outside the program, laundry, personal expenses, personal weekend travel and/or other costs.
This Lehigh faculty-led study abroad program allows students from an array of majors to earn three credits over winter break. The program will explore the history, culture and present society of the island of Martinique, a windward island of the southern Caribbean that is the part of France. The program of study does not require French language skills.
Martinique is one of the larger and southernmost islands in the Caribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago and south of Guadeloupe and Dominique. It was first discovered by Europeans on the fourth voyage of Columbus. Named “Madinina” (the flower island), it boasts an amazing variety of flora and fauna, as well as spectacular landscape. It is home to Mount Pelée (ft. 4200), the still active volcano which erupted in 1902. Its economy is based on sugar cane, bananas and tourism.
A former colony of France, Martinique was an archetypal plantation society during the 18th and 19th centuries. Since 1946, Martinique has been recognized as an official French department, giving it the same status as the regions of metropolitan France. The program will focus on the unique combination of historical and cultural circumstances that make Martinique a remarkable case study on issues of Colonialism and the Postcolonial world.
While in Martinique, students will be lodged in a host family in the vicinity of Fort-de-France and the University of Antilles Guyane. There will also be a one-night hotel stay in Saint-Pierre, the former capital.
With its unique position as a key site of the Atlantic World economy in the 18th and 19th centuries, its tradition of influential literary figures and colonial theorists in the 20th century, and its status as an official department of France in the middle of the Caribbean, Martinique presents a whole range of fascinating issues for Lehigh students. This intersession study abroad program in Martinique will be organized around the theme of colonial and postcolonial identity. The course of study will be interdisciplinary, incorporating literary, historical and sociological perspectives, and taking Martinique as a case study for broad trends in Caribbean history and the postcolonial world in general. No knowledge of French is required.
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