Students visit Cyprus to study effects of culture capital role

August 9, 2019


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first_imgA group of university students from Amsterdam recently visited Cyprus to study the impact that the role of European Capital of Culture is having on Paphos.The new course, titled ‘Culture Lab’ is being offered by Amsterdam University College (AUC), and involved three staff and fifteen students studying for bachelor degrees visit Cyprus for two weeks.“By bringing students to Paphos, we try to encourage them to engage in experiential learning, thereby adding a more hands-on kind of learning to the curriculum,” said course organiser Floris Cobben.“Because the students have varying academic backgrounds, they have also been engaging on different levels with the Paphos2017 events,” he added.The course is being taught by Prof Dr Murray Pratt (Dean of AUC), and Dr Pedram Dibazar (AUC lecturer and tutor).During their visit, the students met with various stakeholders in Paphos2017, including organisers, artists and local academics. The idea was to expose them to all facets of the events, and to give a proper understanding of the context, said Cobben.“We also made a weekend visit to Nicosia, and learnt more about the conflict dividing Cyprus, giving important insights necessary to contextualise the research of the students,” he said.He explained that some students are studying anthropology, and have been looking into grassroots cultural movements, whilst others with an international relations background are more interested in topics such as European identity.Students Els van Dam and Andrea Haefner are exploring European identity and its relation to the European capital of culture. They have started an Instagram page titled “Europeans of Paphos”, and are conducting interviews with locals and stakeholders.Another project by Teus Hagen explores how the Pafos2017 logo aims to reflect the city, and examines how logos function more generally when attempting to reflect a city’s identity, in just a single image, across multiple cultures throughout Europe.Depending on the type of project, students have collected different kinds of data. Some have undertaken interviews, others have taken photos for visual analysis, and some are researching using online resources.Cobben said that students study one of the three majors, the humanities, social sciences, or the sciences.“We have students from all disciplines and various different specialisations joining us on the course.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoSenior Living | Search AdsGorgeous Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more