The Institute offers students the opportunity to complete the MA in a single year by taking two IFS courses in Paris during the summer after fall and spring semesters in New York. Leading French specialists in history and the social sciences teach these two, intense, six-week courses. These courses typically take advantage of the city for field trips and research projects, and students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the life and cultural activities of the region. After completing the courses, MA students can then sit for the one-day comprehensive master’s examination, their final degree requirement, which is administered at the NYU-Paris campus two weeks after the end of the summer courses. This experience of living and studying in Paris serves as a capstone experience for the MA program.
Every IFS M.A. and Ph.D. student takes a RESEARCH SEMINAR during our summer session in Paris (the professor will be announced later). Paris offers students and faculty alike an astonishing array of resources and possibilities for pursuing intellectual projects of all kinds. The city’s many archives, libraries, museums, and media outlets, to say nothing of its neighborhoods and inhabitants, have long made Paris a special place to do research. This course is structured to guide and support students as they carry out their own individually-designed project during a period of residence in the city. At the same time, the course will be a group experience. We will meet twice a week for six weeks to respond to one another’s work, visit sites of special interest to researchers, explore questions of method, argumentation, and style, and share in the excitement and challenges of doing research.
Possible projects may take a wide variety of forms. Students may wish to deepen a line of inquiry they already began in New York in the fall or spring, or they may launch something new. Their subject may be historical or contemporary, library and archive based or ethnographic, and it need not necessarily take the form of a research paper. Students may, for example, develop a well-researched tour of a neighborhood or thematic itinerary in the city, or, for those with the requisite skills, create a video-based exposé. Nor must students confine their research to what they can find in Paris. Students may, for example, wish to draw on people and resources in another French locality where they have lived before. All projects, however, should share two traits: they should be focused on a meaningful problem or question to be explored, and they must be feasible to complete on time.
LES PARIS DE L’IMMIGRATION, Sarah Mazouz (CNRS)
This course will explore (a) the trajectories of migrants and refugees in France and (b) the administrative frameworks they encounter. Students will study procedures of naturalization as well as the paperwork that structures the everyday lives of migrants and refugees; they will follow the latter’s itineraries across Paris; and they will consider the ways in which these men and women make the city their own, for instance through food. Possible outings include visits to a préfecture and a shelter, observation of a naturalization ceremony, walks in neighborhoods like La Chapelle, and a meal in an African restaurant in Barbès.