TWENTIETH-CENTURY FRANCE AND ITS EMPIRE
Herrick Chapman, Historian of modern Europe at NYU (IFS/History).
Taught in English.
This course will explore central issues in the history of France from the Dreyfus Affair in the late nineteenth century to the divisions besetting France today. While the course is organized around a chronological examination of political history, it will stress social, cultural, and economic history as well. Students will consider French developments within three wider international contexts: Europe, the French Empire, and trans-Atlantic relations.
RACE IN FRANCE
Herrick Chapman, Historian of modern Europe at NYU (IFS/History)
Cécile Bishop, Assistant Professor of French Literature, Thought, and Culture at NYU
Cross-listed with French. Taught in English.
This course will investigate France’s complex relationship with race. Officially, France adheres to a universalist ideal of color-blindness that does not recognize the existence of race and rejects its use in public discourse and political action. Today, however, a growing number of activists and intellectuals, working at the intersection of history, sociology, and cultural studies, contend that the traditional republican ban on race has not only failed to prevent racism but makes it impossible to fully measure racist discriminations. By exploring the role of writers and artists as well as the historical context of these debates, this course will enable students to explore the challenges and opportunities of working at the intersection of different scholarly fields.
WEALTH AND ECONOMIES IN AFRICAN WORLDS
Robyn d’Avignon, Historian and anthropologist of West Africa at NYU
Cross-listed between the IFS and History. Taught in English.
This course will introduce students to key historical works on wealth and economic development in African societies. This theoretical and historical grounding will enable students to understand the political and social dynamics of money, credit, debt, and value in diverse African contexts, including Francophone ones. Topics will include new systems of value in Africa during the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade; colonial economies; money and the “Africanization” of national economies at independence; the growth of “neo-liberal” economic policies since the 1970s, and approaches to the study of “popular” economies and debt in contemporary Africa.
CHANGEMENTS DANS LE MASCULIN
Ivan Jablonka, Professor of Contemporary History at the Université Paris-XIII-Nord; IFS Visiting Professor
Taught in French.
This course will provide a historical and anthropological inquiry into the transformation of the “masculine” realm and its putative crisis in the late twentieth century. Students will analyze patriarchal structures, monopolization of power and capital, silencing of women, gendered division of labor, and also dissident or delegitimized forms of masculinity.
INEQUALITY REGIMES: A GLOBAL HISTORY
Thomas Piketty (EHESS, Paris School of Economics), IFS Visiting Professor
(taught in English)
This course offers a global perspective on the history of inequality regimes. The first lectures will analyze the transition from ternary societies (based upon functional military-religious-economic social structure: warriors-priests-workers) to proprietary societies (based upon a sharp demarcation between property rights and political rights). The following lectures will study how proprietary societies have evolved into a variety of colonial, social-democratic, communist, post-communist and post-colonial societies. The last lectures will focus upon the joint evolution of inequality regimes and party systems in electoral democracies, stressing in particular the interaction between inequality dynamics and the structure of political cleavages and ideology (class-base vs identity-based).
DOCTORAL RESEARCH SEMINAR
Restricted to IFS doctoral candidates, this course immerses students in the craft of research: how to devise a valid problem and significant question; how to select pertinent sources and marshal them into an argument; how to integrate concepts, theory, and evidence; how to conduct research; how to write effectively. By enhancing research skills and enabling students to play with ideas and explore new intellectual terrains, this course moves them along on the path toward grant proposals and a dissertation prospectus. The seminar’s cornerstone is an article-length research paper that students conceptualize in the spring semester, research in the summer, and write, workshop, and revise the following fall.