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Weaving Stories: Art and Social Change in South India (Spring Break)

Bangalore, India

Term Offered: 
three women weaving colorful fabrics
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
March 11, 2023 to March 26, 2023

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Interested in art and activism? Join our long-running program and learn how Indian activists, scholars and everyday change-makers use art to expand the frame of human rights and social justice. You'll be impressed by the artistic range of practitioners we'll meet, and better understand how social change can take place on the streets, in the judiciary, in the classroom, as well as on various performance stages.

Our program zooms in on the arts and exposes students to Indian dance, music, theatre and artistic production. We'll learn how colonialism influenced centuries-old artistic traditions, and consider how globalization, gender, sexuality, caste, race and class are represented in art nowadays. Students will participate in performances as well as engage in numerous hands-on experiences with front-line activists and thinkers.

Our program will also foreground the study abroad experience as a site of inquiry and appreciation. We'll discuss the ethics of going abroad as Westerners, and what it means to grapple with our good intentions and different identities. How might we navigate our privileges with an eye toward justice and dignity toward ourselves and others? How do we "sit with discomfort" productively so we can learn and stretch well, not only during the program in India but even after we return home?

If these conversations sound interesting, please do consider joining us. All students across campus welcome to apply!

This is a unique study abroad experience that offers a 5-credit pre-departure course in Winter designed to give you the intellectual preparation and cultural tools you'll need to make the most of our Spring Break program. All students participating in this program are required to enroll in the 5-credit course, CHID 260 "Rethinking Diversity" during Winter quarter 2022 and will earn an additional 1 credit of CHID 470 for the study abroad portion in India.

Note: all meals during the study abroad portion are included in the program fee.

  • CHID 260: Rethinking Diversity (5 credits, I&S, Diversity; Winter Quarter 2022)
  • CHID 470: Indian Expressions (1 credit, I&S)
  • CHID 499: Independent Study (optional, 2 credits)
Fulfills Requirements: 
CHID Cultural and Historical Engagement
CHID Power & Difference
I&S Credit
Total Program Fees: 

*Note that additional costs include, but are not limited to: airfare, Study Abroad Insurance ($1.72/day), and personal spending money. These costs will differ by program. Be sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal information for details about the fee structure and payment schedule.