Paris Summer School Intensive:
Unlearning Paris


Join Dr. Fabiola López-Durán and Dr. Luis Duno-Gottberg for a two course, three week summer school intensive in Paris, hosted by the Rice Global Paris Center. Challenge your preconceptions about monuments and historical sites, museums and memorials. “Un-learn” the traditional, and often reverential approach to the most iconic European metropolis: Paris.



Paris Summer School Intensive Program Details

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Paris Summer School Intensive Program Details

  • Program Dates: July 3-21, 2023
  • Program Times: Monday-Friday, 9-12 (In the Classroom) 1-4 (In the City)
  • Program Location: Rice Global Paris Center | Paris, France
  • Who Can Apply? Any Rice Undergraduate (no prerequisites)
  • Program Total Cost: $6,000 Tuition for 6 credit hours + travel to Paris ($800-$2000) and living expenses for 3 weeks ($800-$1000).
  • What's Covered: The program will provide housing for all three weeks, local travel, and some group meals.
  • Financial Aid:
  • Students receiving financial aid might qualify for up to 50% tuition reduction, and in some cases grants are available.
  • Depending on need, Rice Global Paris will offer travel assistance up to $2000.
  • Students looking for financial aid to help with expenses should reach out to the Financial Aid Office to understand what they qualify for, and what grants may be available. Students can ask to be considered for travel assistance in their application process for the Paris intensive.
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Courses: Sites of Rebellion (HART 238 - Section 001) and Sites of Empire (HART 238 - Section 002)

  • Credit Hours: 6
  • Course Description: Borrowing the term of “unlearning” from the title of Swati Chattopadhyay 2012 book “Unlearning The City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field,” which has inspired recent publications and workshops in the fields of art history, architecture, and radical pedagogies, the two courses in this 3-week intensive deconstructs the city of Paris as a site of contentious memories. The city is to be read as a composite environment built upon the control of land, resources, and bodies enacting a struggle over what is to be remembered and honored, and what is to be erased and forgotten.
  • The two courses of this three week intensive, Sites of Rebellion and Sites of Empire develop along three thematic weeks –“Revolution”, “Modern Milieux”, and “Museums and Monumentality”. Each day of class entails a theoretical and experiential journey in which spaces and narratives of identity and nationhood will be challenged (unlearned), in such a way that silenced stories and histories might come to light.
  • See the full syllabus for Unlearning Paris
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Meet Your Faculty Lead

  • Fabiola López-Durán
  • Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History, Department of Art History
  • Originally trained as an architect, Fabiola López-Durán earned her Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture from MIT. Adopting a transnational... and interdisciplinary perspective, López-Durán’s research and teaching interrogates the cross-pollination of ideas and mediums—science, politics and aesthetics—that ignited the process of modernization on both sides of the Atlantic, with an emphasis on France and Latin America. Her broad research agenda focuses on global modernisms and the complicities between capitalism, racism, and the construction of the built environment. She is the author of Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity, recipient of a SAH/Mellon Author Award in 2018 and the Robert Motherwell Book Prize in 2019; and co co-editor and contributor of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative new 2022 book Architecture in Development: Systems and the Emergence of the Global South. López-Durán has been the recipient of the 2015 Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Outstanding Teaching/Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, and of the 2018 Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award (Co-winner with Professor Ashutosh Sabharwal, School of Engineering). + READ MORE
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  • Luis Duno-Gottberg
  • Professor of Caribbean and Film Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures
  • A Cultural Studies scholar with broad interdisciplinary experience, Luis Duno-Gottberg teaches about Latin America and the Caribbean. He directs the Madrid... Program, focusing on visual arts and politics. Duno-Gottberg is an affiliate at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and serves as Magister of Baker College. He previously served as Magister of Duncan College (2009-15). He won the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching twice in 2015 and 2017. Some of his publications include: La humanidad como mercancía. La esclavitud moderna en América (2014), Solventar las diferencias: La ideología del mestizaje en Cuba (2003) and Albert Camus. Naturaleza: Patria y Exilio (1994). He is the editor of: Carceral Communities: Troubling Prison Worlds in 21st. Century Latin America (2020), The Films of Arturo Ripstein: The Sinister Gaze of the World (2019), Carceral Communities: Troubling Prison Worlds In 21st. Century Latin America (2020), La Política Encarnada. Biopolítica y Cultura en la Venezuela Bolivariana (2015), Submerged. Sumergido. Alternative Cuban Cinema. (2013), Haiti and the Americas(2013), Miradas al margen. Cine y Subalternidad en América Latina (2008), Imagen y Subalternidad. El Cine de Víctor Gaviria (2003),and Cultura e identidad racial en América Latina Revista de Estudios Culturales e Investigaciones Literarias (2002). + READ MORE



Info Sessions

February 26, 2023 - 11:00 am (CST), Sunday

Hanzen Magister House
Led by Prof. Luis Duno-Gottberg &
Prof. Fabiola López-Durán
Paris Intensive App Link: https://forms.gle/CcLRzvNchQoJJr2Q6

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Paris?

Paris is one of the most beautiful places in the world, renowned for its culture and arts. Paris has been rated as one of the best student cities in the world. Paris is home to some of Europe’s most famous museums, landmarks, and monuments. Paris is visually stunning. Students will be stimulated by something new on a daily basis.

Why Sites of Rebellion and Sites of Empire?

This course exposes the meaningful links among multiple sites, communities, and subjects where Colonial, Imperial, and revolutionary projects have forcibly shaped and remade terrains of rule, Diaspora, struggle, contestation, and cultural expression.



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