NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE AND ITS EMPIRE
Stéphane Gerson, IFS Director and cultural historian of modern France
Course required of all M.A. and first-year Ph.D. students. Taught in English.
This course delves into the history and historiography of what Balzac called a “restless” century. Students will explore the contours of democracy, the idea of the social, gendered and racial inequalities, circulations of peoples and goods and ideas, modern wars and violence, forces of belief and unbelief, nascent environmental thinking, and the outward march of the colonial empire.
FRENCH-SPEAKING MIGRANTS IN NEW YORK CITY: A RESEARCH SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY
Frédéric Viguier, sociologist of contemporary France and the Institute's Director of Graduate Studies
Taught in English and French.
This course will accomplish three things:
(a) Provide a practical introduction to sociological research and ethnographical method; (b) Compare the different experiences of Francophone migrants to New York, a city that now includes 20,000 French-born residents, 90,000 from Western Africa, 90,000 from Haiti, and 24,000 from Canada; and
(c) Enable students to undertake original fieldwork on a topic of their choice.
ANTHROPOLOGY OF SECULARISM
Elayne Oliphant, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at NYU
Taught in English. Cross-listed with Anthropology.
This course will articulate what it means to live in a ‘secular age’ — a framework that, although often invisible or implicit, establishes and limits much of what we experience, expect, and encounter in our daily lives. After all, the secular is a process that must be imagined, represented, and reproduced. Like religion, it requires and creates particular images, sensibilities, regulations, practices and beliefs. With case-studies taken from France, the Francophone world, and other locales, class themes will include minority religions, race, secular sensibilities and fiction, free speech, performances and spectacles, and encounters with Christianity, Islam, and other religions.
FAIRE L’HISTOIRE DE LA MODE EN FRANCE
Sophie Kurkdjian, Historian of Media (CNRS); IFS Visiting Professor
Taught in French.
This course is an introduction to a burgeoning field of study — the history of fashion — located at the intersection of art history, cultural history, material cultures, and visual culture. Students will gain a conceptual overview, examine case-studies, and conduct their own research in the collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Metropolitan Museum. This course will coincide with two major fall exhibitions on French fashion in Manhattan, one at FIT (Paris, Capital of Fashion) and the other at the Bard Graduate Center (French Fashion, Women, and the Great War). This last exhibition will be co-curated by the course instructor.
APRÈS LA COLONIE. SOCIOLOGIE HISTORIQUE DES RELATIONS ENTRE LA FRANCE ET LES « OUTRE-MER » (MARTINIQUE, GUADELOUPE, GUYANE)
Audrey Célestine, Political Scientist at the Université de Lille; IFS Visiting Professor
Taught in French.
In this course, students will explore the political, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of France’s relationship with its former colonies in the Western hemisphere: Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Guyana. How, following decolonization, did the French state manage populations, migrations, social services, family care, education, and cultural affairs? And what impact did these collectivités d’outre-mer have on the post-colonial metropole?