One of the best things about Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture is the chance it gives you to work with other students from across the humanities. Each year, our students produce an arts and culture magazine and organise an MA festival, both from scratch.
The Menteur was launched in 2012 by students in Paris. It is a literary magazine, written and produced by the University of Kent’s humanities Master's students. As well as editorial roles, students also work in design and layout, and marketing, gaining experience of the various processes involved in producing a magazine. The magazine includes work by students, including poetry, short fiction, photography and illustrations, as well as interviews with established artists, comment pieces and features. The content and the theme of the magazine is decided by the editorial team, which makes each copy a unique reflection of the ideas and passions of those involved.
The Menteur is one example of the imaginative ways our students have found to express and share their ideas with the wider community.
Each year our students organise and run an MA festival at Reid Hall, which showcases their own work and invites contributions from other MA communities across Paris. In 2017, this included a one-day conference on the topic of ‘Boundaries’, where alongside two keynote speakers, students presented papers and readings. Highlights of the rest of the festival included the official launch of the 2017 edition of The Menteur, a walking tour of Paris with acclaimed author Yelena Moskovich, and a night of live art, performance, spoken word and music.
The experience of organising and taking part in an academic conference is invaluable for our students. They are able to see how their own work fits into the bigger picture, gain confidence in addressing a wider audience and make connections with leading academics and professionals working in the humanities.