Rutgers Study Abroad
History, Memory and Culture in Benin
May 19 to June 3, 2022
Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
Students spend two weeks in Benin based at our sister institution, the Ecole du Patrimoine Africaine. In partnership with our Beninois colleagues, faculty and students will explore how trans-Atlantic connections have shaped religion, language, and identity; the relationship between tourism and historical memory; and the dynamism of the contemporary art scene. The program includes visits to historic sites involved in the Atlantic slave trade with a view to understanding how history and memory are commemorated through place and cultural performance. Elements include trips to major sites with local specialists, intensive language exchange in the mornings, and lectures by local faculty and practitioners specializing in historic preservation, history of language and religion, the economics of tourism, and art in Benin.