Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Teachers : Nadège RAGARU (Chargée de recherches à Sciences Po, CERI). Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course Description : How much do we actually know about the ways in which socialism and Nazism are represented, commemorated and remembered in post-socialist Europe ? Which public controversies surround the writing of history and the public portrayal of painful past(s) in these countries ? And how do average individuals respond to state initiatives aimed at promoting speciﬁc readings of history ? These are among the questions we shall address over the course of the semester. More speciﬁcally the class will offer an introduction to issues concerning the writing of the history of the 20th century, the commemoration and the museiﬁcation of selected segments of the past, and the ways in which memories are molded and transmitted in social contexts where some forms of remembering are sanctiﬁed, while others tend to be discarded. A second goal of the class is to familiarize students with a the use of a diversity of written, visual and auditory sources (including feature movies, documentaries, illustrated books, photographs) and to wonder about the role of ﬁctional materials in the shaping of knowledge about the past. Through lectures, class discussions and papers, students will be familiarized with how these artistic and scholar representations have contributed to our understanding of socialism and the Holocaust and how historians and artists have coped with the thorny issues of representing events that often defy representation. This course depends on active participation in class discussions, presentations, and activities. Therefore students will be assessed based on their individual participation in group discussions, as well as on the quality of their oral presentations. Required reading : Droit (Emmanuel) : « Le Goulag contre la Shoah. Mémoires ofﬁcielles et cultures mémorielles dans l'Europe élargie », Vingtième Siècle, 94(2), 2007 ; Sis (Peter) : « The Wall. Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain », Praha Labyrint & Raketa, 2008 ; Todorova (Maria) : « Remembering Communism. Genres of Representation », New York : Social Science Research Council, 2010. 434
PRESIDENT'S BODY. BIOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL BODY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (THE)
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Thomas SNEGAROFF (Professeur). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : One oral presentation, one lecture. Course Description : The use of the biological body holds an essential role in the ediﬁcation of a presidential sacralization. It progressively becomes a tool for the conquest of power (manhood of TR for example), and even for its very exercise (charisma, charm…). The rhetoric using the body or the values of the body are a big part of this concern (with FDR for example). Doing thus, the biological and the political bodies tend to fuse, the former helping the rise in power of the latter, and the same in return sacralizing the ﬁrst… Inversely, the presidential body can weaken. Concealed disease (from Wilson to Reagan, not forgetting FDR and JFK), once the lie is revealed (Nixon, Clinton, Bush Jr.), allow us to question the presidential sacralization from another angle. The 2016 presidential election offers great insights for these issues. And yes, we'll study Trump's body. Required reading : Michael ROGIN, Ronald Reagan, the Movie and Other Episodes in Political Demonology, University of California Press, 1985 ; Barbara HINCKLEY, The Symbolic Presidency, Routledge, 1990.
PRESSE ET LES LIBERTÉS : RAPPELS HISTORIQUES ET PERSPECTIVES CONTEMPORAINES (LA)
Semestre : Automne Nombre d'heures : 24 Langue d'enseignement : français
Enseignants : Adrien LAUBA (Maître de conférences). Prérequis : Aucun. Format pédagogique : Enseignement électif