Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
losing the lucrative German market) proved extremely controversial. Film historians (among whom Th. Doherty), journalists, political commentators and descendants of the studio bosses protested Urwand's iconoclastic book and contested its scholarship. Drawing on ﬁlm, political and cultural history, this course will examine the controversy with the help of a selection of ﬁlms made between 1933 and 1945. The course will propose a “hands on” approach to the topic by asking students to arbitrate between radically divergent interpretations of Hollywood's attitude towards Nazism. Readings of selected extracts from Doherty and Urwand's books will be assigned, together with a choice of ﬁlms (features, newsreels, documentaries, cartoons) and other primary sources (memos, newspaper and magazine articles, ﬁlm reviews). The ﬁrst half of the course will address issues and arguments which a selection of ﬁlms will then illustrate and test. Required reading : Bennett, M. Todd. One World, Big Screen : Hollywood, the Allies and World War II (U. of North Carolina P., 2012) ; Doherty Thomas. Hollywood and Hitler, 19331939 (Columbia UP, 2013) ; Gemünden Gert. Continental Strangers : German Exile Cinema, 1933-1951 (Columbia UP, 2014) ; Moore, Michaela Hoenicke. Know Your Enemy : The American Debate on Nazism, 1933-1945 (Cambridge UP, 2009) ; Urwand Ben. The Collaboration : Hollywood's Pact with Hitler (Harvard UP, 2013).
More importantly, can evil be a subjective relative notion, or is evil an objective term ? In this course, we will read texts of thinkers and political leaders that discuss human evil and how society should defend itself from evil. We also discuss the deﬁnition of evil and we will try to answer the question : Is evil a social political construct ? If evil and the deﬁnition of evil are social constructs, then what and for what reason ? What is then the political process of the construction of evil ? We will read texts by Spinoza, Robespierre, Marquis de Sade, Foucault, Agamben, Carl Schmidt and more. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
HOW TO LIVE SUSTAINABLY IN AN ERA OF ENERGY OVERCONSUMPTION ?
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Ines MOSGALIK (Doctorante). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course Description : Current debates about the depletion of our planet's resources still rarely focus on the issue of everyday energy consumption. And, if they do so, the wide disciplinary dispersion in the ﬁeld does not render the identiﬁcation of a “bigger picture” straightforward. This elective aims at providing an introductory overview to this vast interdisciplinary ﬁeld of demand side energy research. Pulling together different strands of knowledge, the students will – after a historic overview regarding energy infrastructure building in Europe and the U.S. – explore seminal works stemming from energy economics and political sciences, but also from anthropology and sociology. On top of that, the students will conduct practical case studies. These will also be an occasion for the students to debate with renowned experts of the ﬁeld, be they academics, practitioners or both. Required reading : Hughes, T. (1983). Networks of Power : Electriﬁcation in Western Society, 1880-1930. London : Johns Hopkins University Press.
HOW TO DEFEND OURSELVES FROM EVIL ?
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Meir BAR MAYMON (Enseignant indépendant). Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course Description : Evil may be perceived as a social disease, hence the remedy to human evil can and should come from the political organization of society. However, before we understand how different political mechanisms were set to protect society from evil, there is a need to understand how and perhaps why evil is deﬁned. 308