Office of Global Engagement

SUMMER 2024 - CHILE: Emplaced Art in the Americas

In this Brown Global Summer Program, explore the influence of art on socio-political culture in the unique historical context of Santiago, Chile.

CHILE: Summer 2024 • Virtual Info Session

Click below to watch a recording of a virtual info session and learn all about CHILE: Emplaced Art in the Americas.  Facilitated by faculty directors, Macarena Gómez-Barris (Modern Culture and Media) and Jeremy Lehnen (Language Studies; Portuguese and Brazilian Studies), this info session provides an overview of academics, cultural programming, housing, costs, eligibility requirements, and instructions for submitting an application for Summer 2024.

Click to watch the info session recording!


What does it mean to think about art, place, history and meaning making in the Americas? What kinds of visualities, imaginaries, and memories guide how we imagine a continent like South America, and a nation like Chile? In this course, we think about the important roles of art, video, performance, and memorials as key sites of emplacing memory, collective witness, and also creating future possibilities of what society might be.  This course is an invitation to think with creators and place. It will support and guide you towards making and living with art as a way to perceive with and beyond neoliberal and colonial logics.

Program Highlights:

  • A four-week summer course with a mandatory two-week in-country travel component to Chile;
  • Engagement with the geographies and intersecting histories of the Americas, South America, and Chile;
  • Examination of the ways in which cultural production such as film, music, visual arts, and literature add to or challenge our understanding of socio-political culture in different geographic contexts within particular historical contexts of the Americas;
  • Exploration of the modes of sensing, creating, feeling and being with the land through Indigenous, migrant, “expert” and local knowledge;
  • Discovery of the expressive and mediating role of places such as urban centers like Santiago and Valparaíso, but also the cosmos, ports, export zones, copper mines, and lithium fields;
  • Conversations with local artists and visits to sites of artistic, cultural, and historical interest in Santiago, Valparaíso, and Isla Negra, including Villa Grimaldi, the Museum of Memory & Human Rights, and all three homes of Pablo Neruda;
  • Development of a final project that reflects on a food object/item/ingredient of material culture and creatively “repurposes” this object/item/ingredient through creative writing (e.g., short story; graphic story, poem, etc.) or visual re-interpretation (e.g,. photography; drawing; collage; video project, etc.).



  • Course Title: MCM 1205K Emplaced Art in the Americas: Creating Change Through Materiality (Course also crosslisted with HISP and CLACS)
  • Credit: Participants will earn one unit of credit, equivalent to four semester hours.
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction for this course is English and there is no requirement to have taken coursework in or to have proficiency in Spanish. However, the in-country portion of this course will offer students of Spanish the opportunity to apply their language skills through interactions with the local community. 


*June 17, 2024 – July 12, 2024

*Please note that program dates and itinerary are tentative and will be finalized in Spring 2024.


June 17 - June 19, 2024

Pre-Travel Coursework (**Online)

June 21, 2024

Arrival in Santiago, Chile; check in to program-arranged housing

June 21 - July 5, 2024

Delivery of in-country program – Santiago, Valparaíso, Isla Negra

July 5, 2024

End of in-country program; check out of program-arranged housing 

July 8 - July 12, 2024

Post-Travel Coursework (**Online)

**The pre- and post-travel components of this course are being offered in an online format to accommodate all students regardless of whether or not they have plans to be in Providence during the summer of 2024.  


  • In Chile, students will be housed in double occupancy rooms.
  • Please note that all participants are required to stay in program-arranged housing. Independently arranged housing will not be permitted.
  • Some meals will be provided as part of program activities. Otherwise, students should budget accordingly to provide for their own meals. 


Brown Global Summer Program participants are billed for Brown Summer Session Tuition, the Brown Summer Session Enrollment Fee, and a program fee that covers housing, program activities, and some meals while in-country.  The tuition and fees for Summer Session 2024 are published on the Student Financial Services website.  The program fee for this program is $4,000.

This program also has anticipated expenses, including airfare, that will not be billed by Brown.  We will be uploading detailed estimates of the unbilled expenses for this program in the coming weeks on this website.


Brown undergraduates who receive financial aid during the academic year may be eligible for a Summer Grant towards their Summer Session tuition and enrollment fees. Eligible students will be contacted by the Office of Financial aid in late February/early March with information about their eligibility.


  • Thursday, February 1: Preferred Application Deadline
  • Friday, March 1: Final Application Deadline
  • Friday, March 8: Admissions Decision
  • Friday, March 15: Commitment Deadline


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