Transforming Environments: London Field Studies 2020

How does our environment impact who we are? In what ways does environment shape how we imagine and experience everyday life? What does tracing the environment’s transformations reveal about our histories and futures? Explore these questions and your own research project in the global city of London: a city shaped by the Thames, whose people transformed local and international environments through innovation, industry, and imperialism, and whose river banks record the history of its people and wildlife in its layers of muddy sediment. Join us this May 2020 in London to pursue your research goals in the context of these local and global issues.
 
In this rigorous field study, you will travel to London, England, during the first two weeks of May to access resources unavailable in the United States and to enrich your independent spring and summer term-long research.
 
Participants will be immersed in an innovative urban center—the most populous capital of Western Europe and one of the world’s global cities—as well as a community of their peers, undergraduates dedicated to independently designed research projects. The city of London and the Field Studies program empower you to not only improve your research project, but also to see it and yourself in an international context.
 
In pre- and post-trip meetings with your peers, you also will discuss the thematic similarities and differences between your diverse projects. While you will conduct the majority of your study independently, at locations decided by you and a faculty mentor, planned cultural activities and daily group discussions will enhance your project. 
Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • is in good academic standing;
  • has a faculty mentor within the project discipline responsible for oversight of the project, and intends to enroll in directed research for spring 2020.

 
Interested students should complete the following steps and apply through the Study Abroad office Web site no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2019

  • Secure a Dietrich School faculty mentor for directed research for spring 2020
  • Write a 3-4 page description of the proposed research project, specifically explaining how two weeks of research in London at the end of the spring term will enhance the project. The description should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and using 1-inch margins. No more than three pages should be submitted (excluding citations). Appendices and addendums are not allowed.
  • Write a one to two-page statement, addressing this prompt: As a London Field Studies participant, you will participate in a small community of scholars. What excites you about sharing your perspective with this community? How do you think conversations with your fellow participants will enrich your development as a thinker and an individual? Your statement should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and using 1-inch margins.
  • Provide letter of support from faculty mentor.
  • Provide the name and phone number of a personal reference. A personal reference may be a current or former supervisor, an advisor, coach, or a resident assistant. A personal reference should not be a TA, family member, or friend.
  • Confirm that, in spring of 2020, you will not simultaneously hold any other spring research awards—for example OUR awards or grants or University Honors College fellowships.

If your first thoughts of London are the Royal Family and Downton Abbey, prepare to be blown away. English history and culture are juxtaposed against streets lined with Indian restaurants and Chinese New Year celebrations. The birthplace of the English language is now home to speakers of more than 30 other languages – and that is not counting the variety of English accents you will hear. Skyscrapers tower over 17th-century buildings while Big Ben overlooks the River Thames. Study abroad in London and you find yourself constantly surprised by what you discover in one of the world’s most diverse and global cities.

Where You'll Live

Students will stay in a hotel. Hotel accommodations will be finalized later in the semester and address will be provided to students at orientation. You can expect the following with your accommodations:

  • Single-occupancy hotel rooms
  • En-Suite bathroom
  • Hotel reception area
  • Breakfast included daily
  • Wi-Fi

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities, but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 

What You'll Study

How does our environment impact who we are? In what ways does environment shape how we imagine and experience everyday life? What does tracing the environment’s transformations reveal about our histories and futures? Explore these questions and your own research project in the global city of London: a city shaped by the Thames, whose people transformed local and international environments through innovation, industry, and imperialism, and whose river banks record the history of its people and wildlife in its layers of muddy sediment. Join us this May 2020 in London to pursue your research goals in the context of these local and global issues.
Students will be enrolled in 1 credit ARTSC 1450 course for the international research experience.
 
 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!

 

Your In-Country Contacts

Michelle Granshaw

Michelle Granshaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students, mentors undergraduates as an undergraduate advisor, and serves as the department's Director of Graduate Studies. In her publications, including her book Irish on the Move: Performing Mobility in American Variety Theatre, she researches and writes about American and Irish theatre and popular entertainment, diaspora and global performance histories, performance and the working class, and historiography. Her research has taken her to archives and theatres across the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with the London Field Studies scholars and exploring London with them in May.