Catherine Benoit, Professor of Anthropology will lead a SATA program in cooperation with Université de Guyane (University of French Guiana), a full-fledged French territory part of the the Amazon Forest on the Northeastern tip of South America. The French Guiana SATA program will be of interest to the Social Sciences, French, or Spanish majors who could study the legacy of French colonialism in the Americas as well as contemporary questions related to multiculturalism, migrations, indigeneity and the African diaspora. Because of the Amazon forest, this SATA program will be of interest to the Biology or Environmental studies students as well.
The following courses will be offered by Professor Benoit:
ANT 260/AFR 260 Anthropology of the Caribbean
This course offers a counter-narrative to the exoticized vision of the Caribbean, which includes the Guiana shield, by focusing on the Atlantic slave trade, the legacy of colonialism and the impact of globalization on the local indigenous, creole and migrant populations.
ANT 256 “Migration crisis” in Europe (this course includes a component on the French overseas territories)
This course addresses the predicaments of the European “migration crisis” from an anthropological perspective. It includes the European overseas territories of the Caribbean, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Université de Guyane offers a variety of courses in French, English and Spanish.
French is the official language of French Guiana. A number of other languages are spoken, among them English, Spanish, Portuguese and several Amerindian and Bushinenge languages. Non-francophone students will take a course “French for beginners” that Université de Guyane will develop for the students who don’t speak French. Other courses will be offered in English for our students.
The French Guiana SATA program is open to all majors.
Housing and Cultural Immersion
Students will share apartments close to campus.
Students will be able to intern in Immigrant support organizations, Health organizations, and Environmental organizations. The program will also include field trips related to either the history of French Guiana as a penal colony, as a place of transnational migrations (including transnational indigenous mobility), or its unique location on the verge of the Amazon forest.
There will be an onsite one-week orientation to prepare our students for this French multicultural and multiracial environment, as well as prior to leaving for the program.
As with all SATA programs, student's financial arrangements and obligations, including the comprehensive fee and financial aid, remain the same as if the student were staying at Connecticut College for the semester. The SATA French Guiana program includes round-trip international travel, room and board in French Guiana, and all group field trips.
Students interested in SATA French Guiana should contact Professor Benoit and the Office of Study Away.