Campus de Paris
Prerequisite : Basic knowledge in GraecoRoman mythology and culture is required. Specialized knowledge in anthropological and theoretical issues in mythology is not required. Basic knowledge in anthropology, social siences and psychology is welcome, but not necessary. Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Students will be invited to present orally a case study or to develop it in a written form, after approval of the case study by the teacher. Course Description : Mythology is not only a set of stories, a catalogue of topics or a list of names. It is also a disciplinary area where symbolism, structuralism and post-modernism have elaborated their tools. Mythology is good to think with, in order to reﬂect upon intellectual developments of the 20th and early 21st century. The course is devoted to a practical analysis of ancient mythology. We will study what Greek and Roman men and women thought when they composed poems or draw pictures based on mythic themes, and we will also contemplate what these themes became in our own times. We will deal with mythopoetics, or in more modern terms, with the fabric of the myth. Cultural and political areas will provide us with examples to think with the myth. Required reading : E. Csapo, Theories of mythology, coll. Ancient Cultures, Oxford, Blackwell, 2005 ; M. de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, trad. S. Rendall, Berkeley & Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1984 ; R. Buxton, Imaginary Greece. The Contexts of Mythology, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Course Description : Nationalism manifests itself as a modern ideology, whose relations with democracy and the state must be carefully explored. It also appears as something almost undeﬁned, given its various connections with the left and the right, traditionalist and modernist views, local and global perspectives, and cultural and political realities. This course is about nations and nationalism since the 18th century. It will provide basic concepts and historical examples. Nation and nationalism are presented in a rather neutral way, which means neither nationalist nor curative. This approach reﬂects today's global understanding of national realities, nationality and nation-states. As the scope of the course is more international than French, nationalism will not be presented as “nationalisme”, which is often understood as a social disease in current French debate. Examples will be taken from world history and issues will be addressed on a world scale. The course will also compare the different paths of state-building : the city, the empire and the nation. Required reading : Berlin (Isaiah) Against the Current ; Delannoi (Gil) La Nation ; Gellner (Ernest) Nations and Nationalism ; Wiebe (Robert) Who We Are : A History of Popular Nationalism ; Walzer (Michael) Thinking Politically.
NATIONS AND NATIONALISMS IN MODERN EUROPE
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
NATION AND NATIONALISM : SEVERAL APPROACHES TO BASIC CONCEPTS
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Yves LEONARD (Directeur de développement territorial). Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Class attending, reading and active participation – 33% of ﬁnal grade ; - Ten-minute oral presentation in class on a topic connected to "Nations and Nationalism" – 33% ; - 5-7-page double-spaced printed paper to be handed on the last day of class – 33%. Course Description : "Nations and nationalism" is one of the central issue of the modern world. Last years, there has been a proliferation of nationalist and ethnic conﬂicts. New forms 453
Teachers : Gil DELANNOI (Directeur de recherche-CEVIPOF). Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : One or two oral presentations ; One or two short papers.