Henry J. Leir Luxembourg Program

  • Europa HouseThe May Term in Luxembourg


For The May Term 2019 (May 14-June 7, 2019), students may enroll in the following course: "Imagining Europe: Space, Borders, & Cultural Identities".  Enrolled Clark students will receive normal day-college credit (1 full unit) upon successful completion.  

May Term 2019 Course

ENG 004: Imagining Europe: Space, Borders, & Cultural Identities will be taught by Prof. Stephen Levin.

Questions raised in this course include: What is “Europe”? Is it defined primarily by its cultural values? Geographic boundaries? A shared history? A commitment to a set of political ideals? A common economic destiny? How are the identities of Europe negotiated and produced? These questions have only become more urgent in light of the current crisis in the Eurozone, which has placed in jeopardy the Maastricht vision of “an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe.” This course examines competing ideas of Europe in the contemporary period by focusing on the language of visual culture. We will be especially interested in how Europe “remembers” the past in its public museums, monuments, and heritage sites; the inclusion or exclusion of Europe’s internal “others” (Jews and Muslims particularly); and the globalization of European languages by “migrant” writers. Our main focus will be on the icons and symbols that become flashpoints in the cultural politics of Europe, such as the burqa (a veil worn by Islamic women) in France, or political cartoons that challenge religious inclusion. Field trips are planned to France and Germany.

"Imagining Europe: Space, Borders, & Cultural Identities" carries one full Clark academic unit and a Language and Culture Perspective. It is taught in English, has no pre-requisites, and is open to all Clark students, including first-year students.