Summer Schools


Urban Ethnography (Paris)

We are currently reviewing our 2021 delivery. To register your interest for Summer 2021, contact us here.


The annual SSPSSR UG Summer School in Urban Ethnography provides participants with direct experience of urban ethnography and equips them with skills for future research. The Summer School exposes students to the principles and practices 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. It gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in ‘natural’ social environments and learn to tune into what is going on around them, making the strange familiar and the familiar strange. It is an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of ethnography both in the classroom and in the city, and with an implicitly comparative stance. The Summer School sets ethnography in its intellectual context paying attention to its renaissance through the development of visual and sensory approaches in addition to a reliance on direct observation and interaction. The specific themes of the 2020 Summer School are:

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

You can see what students did in previous years in a series of short films here, and see our blog post for further insight:

The Summer School draws on the expertise of staff in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. The 2020 teaching team comprises: Dr Dawn Lyon (convenor), Reader in Sociology, Dr David Garbin, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh, Senior Lecturer in Criminology.

A key benefit of the Summer School is the opportunity for intense learning in situ. We will make the most of this by conducting teaching in the city as well as in the classroom. The Summer School will be highly interactive and combine lecture time and in class discussion, formal visits and walks, and informal exploration.

The Urban Ethnography Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

Please note that this Summer School can be taken as a 15-credit module by SSPSSR UG students between Stages 2 and 3 of their study. Students should apply for the Summer School at the time of module selection (usually in the spring of Stage 2). Contact Dawn Lyon [] for further details.

Providing School: School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Campus: Paris

Credit Transfer Option: Equivalent to 15 Credits (150 hours of study; 7.5 ECTS; suggested 3.75 US credits*) for transfer purposes.

Price: TBC for 2021; includes accommodation (B&B), tuition, travel around Paris and a welcome and farewell meal as well as a mid week buffet.

*Suggested 3.75 US credits based on 1/8th of full academic year. Please check with your home institution for their UK to US credit conversion rules.



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