Summer Schools


Summer Schools in Paris

The University of Kent has a strong tradition of welcoming students from around the world. As the UK’s European university, we have long-standing links with continental Europe giving us access to the very best professors, academics and practitioners across a range of disciplines.

Throughout the year the University of Kent's specialist postgraduate centre; Paris school of Arts and Culture offers a unique selection of innovative and cross-disciplinary postgraduate degrees in the Humanities. With classes taking place within the charming walls of Reid Hall where authors and philosophers such as Barthes, Beauvoir and Derrida have lectured. Today, it is a global research and study centre that is shared between partner institutions who have developed a vibrant scholarly community for expatriates.

During the Summer our Paris centre is an exciting place to be with current students involved in workshops and conferences organised with other institutions around the world. We will be offering three enriching Summer School programmes in 2019:

Urban Ethnography Summer School

This week long course will focus on the principles and methods of ethnography in the study of people, place, practices and things in the urban setting of Paris and involves doing ethnography in the city and of the city with guided visits and interactive lectures. The specific themes of the Summer School are:

  • Exploring rhythm in city life
  • Cultural and religious difference
  • Multisensory ethnography in contested spaces: segregation and sex work

The Summer School draws on the expertise of staff in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

Law Critical Theory Summer School (PHD students)

Created for PhD students and early career researchers from all critical disciplines and supported by the Kent Law School and its interdisciplinary Centre for Critical Thought. The Kent Summer School in Critical Theory was created to offer a unique intellectual experience to early career academics and research students. This Summer School will take place at the University of London Institute in Paris this year and NOT at our Kent centre. Please visit for further information on applying


Unfortunately, the Revolutions Summer School has will not run in 2019 but you may wish to view the information on the proposed course for 2020.

European Summer School 'Revolutions'

Created for University students or professionals. The European Summer School programme builds on the University of Kent’s international reputation and specialist knowledge, offering a stimulating postgraduate level programme combining lectures and seminars with visits to key cultural sites across the city.

Offering students an exceptional opportunity to study film, art, creative writing, literature, history and architecture, following in the footsteps of eminent intellectuals and artists who lived in, and took inspiration from, Canterbury and Paris.  Students’ experience is further enhanced by the cultural and linguistic immersion in Paris, the capital of European culture and knowledge.


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