A Model for Maintaining Cultural Relevance in French Overseas Territories
Arts and Sciences
Political Science, Humanitarian Aid, Philanthropy, France, French Guinea, Algeria
French Overseas territories have different social, economic, and cultural identities and yet are often treated in the same way that France is. In this paper, I look at two different historically French territories: Algeria, which is now independent, and French Guiana which is still connected to the Métropole France. By examining the language and cultural identities of these territories, it is evident that there are major gaps in their treatment as post-colonial entities. One of the areas in which both territories lack cultural autonomy is in their education systems. I seek to find a solution that allows for greater access to education in these regions, through both language empowerment and local history and arts education. This paper seeks to find a model that is most effective in ameliorating and rejuvenating the cultural autonomy in these countries by understanding root causes and in particular their current and past relationship to France.
Engholm, Miranda A., "A Model for Maintaining Cultural Relevance in French Overseas Territories" (2021). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 944.