Apply now for Study Abroad in Spain, co-led by GWSS Professor Michelle Habell-Pallan

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GWSS, School of Social Work, and Honors Spain Study Abroad: Sounds of Social Justice

Early Start, Autumn 2022, 8/20/22-9/11/22; Apply now (deadline March 15)

 About the Program

  • Overview
    • 5 credits, 3 weeks in Spain (Honors 384, Interdisciplinary, VLPA & I&S, “W”, “DIV”)
    • Open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any major
    • 6 hours of preparatory classes in Seattle before departure
    • Explore histories of resistance and resilience as well as contemporary social justice movements in Spain and the Spanish language diaspora through the lens of music
    • Focus on hip hop and other music traditions from the Americas that defend communities against displacement from their homelands
    • Taught entirely in English; Spanish language skills are not required, but optional Spanish language classes are available in the program
    • Assignments will feature collaborative projects, independent scholarly writing, photovoice assignments, sound studies
    • Need VLPA credits? This will be a great opportunity to fulfill them!
  • Faculty
    • Join UW Professors Michelle Habell-Pallan (GWSS and Honors) and Carrie Lanza (Social Work) in partnership with the UW Leon Center for Sounds of Social Justice
    • Michelle and Carrie have worked for over a decade on community music with the Womxn Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities Collective and the Seattle Fandango Project
    • In this program, Michelle and Carrie expand their lens from the US and Latin America to Spain
  • Learn
    • Via theoretical frameworks drawing on decolonization, trauma-informed theory, transnational feminism, and neoliberalism/ globalization, this program will explore gender and race in musical traditions, genres, and scenes related to some or all of the following:
      • the migration of musical traditions between Latin America, the US, and Spain with a focus on feminista hip hop
      • Flamenco and Gitano/Roma traditions and communities
      • local Spanish examples of contemporary social justice movements such as the anti-austerity movement and its evolution into mainstream politics and feminist movements via contemporary musical movements among Spanish
      • deeper histories of the 1491 expulsion of Muslims and Jews from Spain
  • Experience
    • Meet with UW León’s well-established network of community partners, which includes local political leaders and organizations that address social justice issues such as migrant resettlement, gentrification and eviction, domestic violence, and others
    • Connect with musicians, scholars, and scene makers who will give you background into the histories and contemporary scenes you are exploring
    • Take a variety of field trips around the region to various historical and cultural sites, including Bilbao, which is home to a contemporary feminist hip hop scene and a large Ecuadorian immigrant community
    • Visit the culminating site of pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela as well as the city of Astorga
    • Cooking and dance classes will be available, too!
  • Location
    • UW León
      • Located in northwest Spain and has a population of 128,000
      • Set on the famed Camino de Santiago, a spiritual pilgrimage route hiked by thousands from all over the world each year, León has sat at the crossroads of history for 2000 years
      • Totally walkable, León has a friendly vibe and is filled with cafes, bars and restaurants
      • The city is well served by bus, air, rail, and public transport and has direct routes to nearby beach towns as well as Madrid and Bilbao for folks who want to travel in the region on weekends
    • Housing
      • Students will live with host families in the city of León who will provide 3 meals per day during our stay.
  • Program Expenses
    • The costs listed include tuition via concurrent enrollment fee, three meals per day, and all housing and excursions
    • Students are responsible for airfare, study abroad fee, and insurance
    • Program fee: $3,800
  • Financial Aid
    • In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad
    • Study Abroad 101 Info Sessions
      • Learn you what you need to know to get started searching for programs and how to take advantage of scholarships
      • Sign up for a Zoom session
    • Let’s Talk Money Workshops
      • Learn how financial aid and study abroad work together to lower out-of-pocket costs
      • Receive information about upcoming scholarships, tips on purchasing airfare, important forms and deadlines to remember, and more.
      • Available online

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