The Public Humanities is an evolving set of practices and approaches that promote collaborative knowledge production between academic and non-academic communities, both locally and globally. The Public Humanities aims to develop teaching, research, evaluation, and scholarship into connective activities between those inside and outside of the university by focusing on our shared interests in “fields of value that are irreducible to instrumentality and profitability.
The Institute of French Studies encourages doctoral students to participate in NYU's Public Humanities in Graduate Education, PHIGE. The Public Humanities Initiative in Graduate Education, PHIGE, invites graduate students and faculty from across the humanities to explore connections to the very publics that frame their scholarly endeavors and inform their teaching and research. Various doctoral fellowships and advanced certificate programs give graduate students the opportunity to delve into the theory and practice of public engagement. Additionally, the IFS sponsors an annual elective course entitled Public Humanities and French Studies, and participates in the doctoral fellowship program through a year-long program established in partnership with the academic journal French Politics, Culture, and Society (hosted at the IFS) and Berghahn Books, the journal's publisher."