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Uncanny Encounters in Experiential Learning: Designing Residential Study Trips for Students. Dr Anne-Marie Evans & D r Kaley Kramer York ST John University @ Dramevans @ drkaleykramer.

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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

@[email protected]

‘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

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

Why Paris?

The Grand Tour in the 21st Century

  • Level 3 student enhancement excursion to Paris

  • 6 days away: 18th – 23rd 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


  • 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

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.

Sample Itinerary

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.

  • Create14 Exhibition:

    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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