UMBC’s study abroad office has received a GoAbroad Innovation award for offering the year’s “Most Innovative New Program.”
The “Culture & Identity Studies: Explore Gay Paris” program, which UMBC offers through a partnership with CEA Global Education, gives students the opportunity to explore the formations and constructions of gay and lesbian identities as they have been framed in Paris, particularly since the end of the 19th century. Throughout the semester, students create and utilize two physical maps: gay Paris and lesbian Paris. These maps pinpoint and reflect gay and lesbian urban spaces, community centers and locales in the contemporary city space, both geographically and temporally. Students live in the Marais district and are immersed not only in French culture, but in gay French culture.
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