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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

What You Need to Know

Meet at the famous Café de Flore to study the influence and dynamics of Black culture, literature, and experience in Paris, past and present.  Like a jazz composition, the seminar is arranged to convey variations and diverse interpretations of the "Paris Noir" theme and features panel discussions; poetry readings; and visits to community theatre workshops, working artists' studios, nightclubs, concerts, African markets, and restaurants.  The program focuses on the contemporary literature, art, and life of African Americans, Antillais, Africans, and Afro-Parisians in Paris and their connections to Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Paris Noir: Literature, Art, and Contemporary Life in Diaspora has been featured in  Essence MagazineBlack Issues in Higher Education, and Syracuse Magazine.

The Paris Noir 2015 cohort created an in-depth blog which details their experiences abroad.

Student perspective: Check out Summer 2015 student Ashley T.'s final project for Paris Noir.

Student perspective: Summer 2015 student Quameiha R.'s photo collection.

Student perspective: Summer 2015 student Imani W. participates in a poetry slam in Paris

Paris Noir - Dancing Travels: A look at previous iterations of Paris Noir

Student perspective: Take a look at this video made by Summer 2014 Paris Noir student Cheyenne D.

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Eligibility and Requirements

Paris Noir Seminar is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines.

Students are required to:

  • participate actively in weekly meetings on required readings assignments, guest lectures and panels; visit Paris Noir cultural landscapes and historical landmarks, and attend field trips outside the city limits to the "banlieu" and other places.
  • make one oral seminar presentation
  • maintain a detailed daily journal
  • take a mid-term exam
  • submit completed journal (described above)

Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip air transportation to Paris.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

You'll be housed in shared rooms in an apartment/hotel rented by Syracuse University for the duration of the program. Meals are not included, except for breakfast daily.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.



Students must take both of the following courses:

Paris Noir: Literature, Art and Contemporary Life in Diaspora
AAS/FLL/LIT/WGS 400/600, ETS 400, AAS/FLL/WGS 490/690, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

The seminar opens with "On Becoming Paris Noir," a comprehensive overview of historical, social and political forces in the United States and Caribbean, and larger global events in Europe and Africa that generated African American presence in Paris over the past three centuries. Our initial explorations will include Sally Hemings in the 18th century; William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglass and Victor Séjour in the 19th century; and in the 20th century, African American soldiers, and icons such as Leroi Haynes, Josephine Baker, and James Baldwin.

"On Becoming Paris Noir" also involves discussion of the history of an African Diaspora in Paris. Tours to Paris Noir historical landmarks, visits to the Louvre and Picasso museums, an African market and restaurant are key components of the seminar introduction.

As the seminar develops, the accent shifts to the Paris Noir of today, with analysis and discussion of books, visual and performing arts, music, and wide ranging work and perspectives of leading personalities, scholars, working artists and activists living in Paris. Critical reading of literary and cultural texts, analytical thinking, and lively exchange of ideas are important seminar components. In the true essence of jazz improvisation, you'll enjoy impromptu meetings with legendary figures like the poet Sonia Sanchez, jazz great Archie Shepp, and members of the amazing Alvin Ailey Dance Company.

Independent Study
(AAS/WGS/FLL/LIT 490/690, ETS 490) 3 credits, undergraduate and graduate

This course requires independent research. Students are encouraged to pursue their own academic interests. In consultation with the Paris Noir faculty director, students select a topic related to the course content; engage in research in Paris; and submit a research paper or project within several weeks after completion of the seminar, a date to be determined by the professor. Graduate Student papers are to be commensurate with graduate studies.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

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Director Janis A. Mayes, professor of African American studies at Syracuse University and creator of this seminar, specializes in Francophone African diaspora literatures and culture studies, international Black women's writing, literary translation, and translation studies.

Students are encouraged to contact Professor Mayes at her e-mail address:


 Housing begins:  Mid-June
 Program begins:  Mid-June
 Program ends:  Mid-July
 Housing ends:  Mid-July 
 Application deadline:  February 10*

* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 Tuition  $7,782 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $4,200
 Total  $11,982
GRADUATE (6 credits)
 Tuition  $9,720 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $4,200
 Total  $13,920

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.
*Tuition is estimated until new rates are released in March 2020.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,500
Books & Supplies: $150
Personal: $600
Meals: $900

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.
*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.