2017 Summer Session in Paris

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.

Summer Classes:

Classes will take place from June 5-July 13. 


 IFST-GA 9500 Topics: The "Urban Question" in France

This course approaches the study of contemporary French society by focusing on the “urban question,” that is, the role the city has played in structuring social change and the heated debates about it since the 1980s. The course will pay particular attention to Paris and do so by considering key sociological works as well as relevant historical and cultural materials, especially in literature and film. Students will be encouraged to relate the academic and cultural materials we consider in class to the Parisian environment in which the course will take place.



IFST-GA 9910 The Politics of Forgetting and Memory in Modern France 

Contemporary France is obsessed with memory, whether official or institutional, national or local, familial or individual. At the same time, collective forgetting has acquired political urgency in modern times. As the country came into its own as a nation-state — industrial and imperial in the nineteenth century, post-industrial and post-colonial in the twentieth —state, institutional, and other political actors have taken steps to forget violent, divisive, or traumatic events and figures. Whereas there is considerable scholarship on memory, few scholars have made forgetting itself their principal object of analysis. This is exactly what we will do in this course, focusing on military defeats, technological disasters, working-class labor, immigrant experiences, the slave trade and slave insurrections.