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, Clinical Assistant Professor of French 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.
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?
ALTERNATIVES TO LIBERAL CAPITALISM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE: SOCIALISM, ILLIBERAL DEMOCRACY, AND SOCIAL LIBERALISM
by Ed Berenson, a historian of modern France at the IFS and in the History department, and Sandrine Kott, a Professor of European Contemporary History at the University of Geneva with expertise in the transnational history of social welfare and labor law.
This course will examine the origins and development of the various alternatives to liberal capitalism that emerged in the nineteenth century. Most examples will be drawn from Germany and France, but we will pay attention to other European countries as well. Readings and discussions will focus on communitarian and Christian socialism, socialist feminism, social democracy, Marxism, trade unionism, syndicalism, solidarism, and the efforts by Napoleon III and Bismarck to address social problems through the intervention of the state.
FORMS OF FEELINGS
Taught in English by Hannah Freed-Thall, a literary scholar in NYU’s French department whose interests include comparative modernisms, the sociology of culture, environmental humanities, and queer and feminist theory
This course seeks to understand what it means to say that emotions have a history. How do certain feelings (such as wonder, paranoia, or nostalgia) emerge as powerful forces of social and aesthetic organization at particular moments in time? And what can literary texts teach us about the historical and political stakes of emotion? This course will serve as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of affect studies, with literary and cinematic case studies drawn from Chateaubriand, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Proust, Sarraute, NDiaye, Louis, Méliès, and Haneke.