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Paris, France

France: Race and Media

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives.

We are living in a moment of highly mediatized racial reckoning in many parts of the world including in France. Our seminar will take a historical and interdisciplinary overview of the role of media technologies and infrastructures in shaping the racial grammar, sometimes visible often latent, that constricts ‘knowledge’ about and inequities of modern capitalist urban life in Paris and its banlieus. In our travel seminar based in Paris, we will focus on the legacies of French racial and colonial violence which have given rise to “common sense” notions about race and French cultural norms that have naturalized uneven distributions of resources, cultural worth and life chances. We will also read the works of key anti-colonial Francophone intellectuals and examine how current decolonizing movements expand the horizons for justice, and explore media and technologies that envision marginalized peoples as sources of social transformation and liberation.

Paula Chakravartty

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication (Steinhardt and Gallatin)

To be announced. 

Program Dates:

To be announced. 

Application Deadlines:
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: November 1, 2021*

*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution
Related Areas of Study:
  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Metropolitan Studies

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students are required to self-register for the below course per the NYU Academic Calendar for the January term:

  • MCC-GE 2025.095 (Class# XXXX) Liberation Lab: "Race and Empire" - 4 points

Sample Syllabus Forthcoming

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Offered through the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication


To be announced. 

  • Steinhardt Overseas Graduate Tuition Fee (4 credits) - TBA
  • Graduate Overseas Registration and Services Fees - TBA
  • Housing Fee - TBA
  • Activity Fee - TBA
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - TBA

Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBA

NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the  term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for the purchase of transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are also responsible for their own accommodations for travel beyond the program dates.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: Kayak, Google Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such as Numbeo, Expatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information

Global Affairs will provide information to participants on pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. Vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

  • Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into France typically depart New York a day in advance.
  • Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.
  • Visa: No visa is required of US citizens. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.
  • Helpful Links: Consulate General of France, US State Department, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Lonely Planet Guide (France) 
  • Weather: In January, temperatures in Paris tend to be cooler than in New York, usually in the 60°s (Fahrenheit). Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in France.

Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs. Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees. Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Student Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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