GINS 3300 French and Swiss Alps 2020

Radical Embodiment in the Swiss and French Alps, 1816-1916

GINS 3300 French and Swiss Alps 2020 Handout

Course Instructor: Marsha Barsky

If you would like to connect with Marsha regarding the course, please feel free to reach out to her via e-mail.

Course Description

Photo of Alps provided by M BarskyIn this course, we will travel to the magical and sublime alpine spaces where artists, dancers, writers and philosophers have sought to discover and release their creative potential. Some of the most exciting work in this domain was undertaken in Switzerland and in France, beginning the Romantic period and extended into the early part of the 20th Century. Romantic poets and writers contemplated, researched and wrote seminal works in Swiss towns including Cologny, Montreux, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Lausanne and, right across the French border, in Chamonix. From 1900-1920, another incredible group of artists, movers and writers traveled to the “magical mountain” known as Monte Verità, in Ticino Switzerland, where they danced, foraged, and explored movement practices. Monte Verita was also an important meeting place for Dadaists, who were active in both Zurich, the mountains of Ticino.

Come hike up to the sublime heights that have inspired Mary and Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and Wordsworth. Follow in the footsteps of Ida Hofmann, Hermann Hesse, Mary Wigman, Rudolf Laban and many others. We’ll travel beyond the chocolate (although we’ll eat lots of it), fondu and cuckoo clocks so associated with Switzerland, to a land of rich and vibrant cultural significance, heart-racing Alpine pursuits and radical embodiment!

Academic Requirements:

  • Both Bachelor and Masters students are welcome to apply
  • BGInS students will be given priority if the course is over-subscribed

Travel Dates:

  • Course segment at Carleton University: May 4-6, 2020 (mandatory for all students)
  • Course segment in France and Switzerland May 11-25, 2020 (mandatory for all students)
    • May 10, travel to Geneva
    • May 11-15, Chamonix,  France
    • May 15-20, Ascona, Switzerland
    • May 20-23, Mürren, Switzerland
    • May 23-25, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Submission final assignment and official end of the course: May 29, 2020 (assignment to be submitted)

Deadline to Apply: Dec 1, 2019

Financial Considerations:

Cost: Carleton course tuition plus TBA travel supplemental fee (includes lectures, accommodation, ground transportation while in France and Switzerland).

Fees:  TBA between $2500 – $3000 due March 1, 2020
Please note: International airfare, meals and personal expenses are not included.

BGInS students should apply for the IER Bursary