Exploration Seminars

Exploration Seminars are on-campus seminar courses that incorporate a faculty-led international travel component, which takes place during the course.

Call for Proposals for Funding for Exploration Seminars

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), in cooperation with the Office of International Programs (OIP), is now accepting proposals for funding for Exploration Seminars for the Fall 2020 semester.

Exploration Seminars incorporate faculty-led international travel during fall and spring breaks in regular on-campus seminar courses. The travel of 7-9 days must be central to the pedagogical mission of the seminar. These can be courses currently on the books or proposed new courses within a department. Enrollments for such seminars cannot exceed 15.

Faculty from every division — natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and the arts — are encouraged to submit proposals.

While a limited number of such courses can be funded, PIIRS will provide substantial financial support to the travel component of an Exploration Seminar. PIIRS and OIP staff will be available to advise departments on implementation.

Please submit proposals for fall break 2020 travel by June 1 to Yolanda Sullivan.

Proposals should consist of:

  • a syllabus;
  • travel component rationale (1-2 pages);
  • statement of experience in country and proposed local partner (1 page);
  • sample itinerary;
  • draft budget (in consultation with PIIRS).

Please direct questions to PIIRS director Stephen Kotkin.

Exploration Seminars in Fall 2019

SPA 250/LAS 250/LAO 250 Identity in the Hispanic World
Christina H. Lee, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese

How are ideas of belonging to the body politic defined in Spain, Latin America, and in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States? Who is "Latin America," Latinx," "Chino," "Argentine," "Guatemalan," "Indian," etc.? Who constructs these terms and why? Who do they include/exclude? Why do we need these identity markers in the first place? Our course will engage these questions by surveying and analyzing literary, historical, and visual productions from the time of the foundation of the Spanish empire to the present time in the Spanish speaking world.

This seminar fulfills the literature and the arts (LA) general education requirement.

SAS 303/GSS 412 Gender, Sexuality, and Feminisms in South Asia
Fauzia Farooqui, lecturer in Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

This course surveys ideas regarding gender and sexuality at various points in the cultural history of South Asia and how these ideas have shaped women's and men's lives and experiences in the society. We examine how different communities pushed against gender norms and cultural expectations using different ideologies and strategies resulting in a diverse range of feminist projects in South Asia. The course explores ideas about gender, sexuality, and feminism in various domains of South Asian life. Apart from reading scholarship on relevant topics, we analyze primary textual sources, such as religious texts, literary genres, and folklore.

This seminar fulfills the social analysis (SA) general education requirement.

SPA 342/LAS 342 Topics in Latin American Modernity: The Culture of the Cuban Revolution
Rubén Gallo, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor in Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain and professor of Spanish and Portuguese

After Fidel Castro marched into Havana in January 1959, a cultural revolution followed the political one: literature, the arts, architecture, film, and dance sought to break with the past and proposed new, utopian ways of artmaking. This seminar will offer an overview of some of the most important cultural productions of this era, including films, novels, political essays, and architectural works, which ended by the early 1970s with the rise of censorship.

This seminar fulfills the literature and the arts (LA) general education requirement.

URB 300/ARC 300/HUM 300/SLA 300 Urban Studies Research Seminar
Katherine Reischl, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures and Christian Gauss Fund University Preceptor
Aaron Shkuda, program manager of Princeton Mellon Initiative and lecturer in architecture

This seminar introduces urban studies research methods through two cultural capitals: Moscow and New York. Focused on communities and landmarks represented in historical accounts, literary works, art and film, we will travel through these cityscapes as cultural and mythological spaces - from the past to the present day. We will examine how standards of evidence shape what is knowable about cities and urban life, what "counts" as knowledge in urban studies, and how these different disciplinary perspectives construct and limit knowledge about cities as a result.

This seminar fulfills the epistemology and cognition (EC) general education requirement.