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Uncanny Encounters in Experiential Learning: Designing Residential Study Trips for Students DR ANNE-MARIE EVANS & DR KALEY KRAMER YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY.

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1 Uncanny Encounters in Experiential Learning: Designing Residential Study Trips for Students DR ANNE-MARIE EVANS & DR KALEY KRAMER YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY

2 ‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast’. Ernest Hemingway

3 The Brief:  To explore connections between internationalisation, employability and enhancement  To consider recent dramatic changes within the sector  To examine ways of reinvigorating literary study

4 Why Paris?

5 The Grand Tour in the 21 st Century  Level 3 student enhancement excursion to Paris  6 days away: 18 th – 23 rd January 2014  Opportunity to engage with literary research in a broader context  Literature as engaging with reality as opposed to merely representation; students can recover the embodied experience produced by and through the acts of writing and reading  Research-based:  Reading Pack to prepare  Meetings to attend  Research tasks to design and carry out

6 Practicalities:  Finance  Subsidised through departmental budget  Student contribution is less than £200 (travel and accommodation included)  Student selection  Application and interview process  Meetings and Orientation Day  Preparation  Reading Pack  Resourcing  Staff hours captured in AWPM  VLE Site  Risk assessments  Actual planning

7 The timeline:  August: Staff book rooms for information meetings, interviews, etc.  September: The trip is advertised to all Level Three Literature and Creative Writing students. Application forms are made available online.  October: Information meeting for students.  November. Application deadline, interviews, and allocation of places. Students informed and invited to first group meeting.  December: Reading Pack made available for students.  January: Orientation Day and the Grand Tour.  March: Deadline for students to complete their Research Tasks  May: Selected work is displayed to the public as part of the YSJ Arts and Humanities showcase, Create.

8 SATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY Morning TRAVEL Literary Walking Tour (Left Bank) Paris Opera and National Ballet Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits LouvreTRAVEL Afternoon TRAVEL Notre Dame Cathedral research task in groups (optional excursions*) Musee D’Orsay LouvreTRAVEL Evening arrive Hotel Sibour Group meal at the Hard rock Cafe Free time‘Paris by night’ walking/bo at excursion Free time Arrive back in York Sample Itinerary

9 The Research Task: A ‘research activity’ might involve:  Visiting a specific site, museum or gallery that is not already part of the itinerary and writing a short reflective piece on the experience  Writing a creative piece (poem, short story, experimental writing) that explores the experience of being in Paris, or an aspect of Parisian culture  Taking a series of photographs that offer a form of comment on contemporary and/or literary Paris  Writing a travel blog or news article about the trip  Becoming a ‘flaneur’ for the day and writing a reflective piece on the experience of being in another city  Producing a piece of artwork (or a piece of music) about the city  Close-reading any part of the set reading and reflecting on the experience of having visited the site.  This work is not assessed but is included as a requirement of the trip.

10 Create14 Exhibition:

11 Student Responses:  ‘Literature in its natural environment’  ‘Something has just clicked’  ‘The highlight of my degree’  ‘It has inspired me and helped me to realise how important literature and culture is to the world’  ‘This trip was amazingly educational and I feel that this trip will truly inspire me throughout my studies’  ‘The reading pack put the city into perspective’

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