Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
1°) One course summary grade. 2°) One debate grade. 3°) One research paper grade. Pedagogical Method : Each class will include a lecture followed by a debate session based on preassigned readings. Students will also hand out a 1 page summary of the preceding lecture at the beginning of each class. Each group of 2 students will write a research paper (10 pages) and present it in class during the ﬁnal colloquium session. Course Description : This course will study the persistent gap between linguistic communities, identities and political units in the history of the silk roads and show how the nation state framework often prevents us from understanding past and present situations. The languages used along the silk roads will be approached by category, in order to show the wide variety of social and political systems organized around them. The linguistic communities we will study will sometimes be bigger than political entities, such as the languages of segmentary societies or cosmopolitan languages, sometimes smaller, such as imperial languages, or cutting across political boundaries, such as trade languages and diaspora languages. More broadly, this course will introduce the students to the current rethinking of linguistic identities across the social sciences. At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Understand alternatives to the nation state. 2°) Be able to detect and criticize projections of nation states in the past. 3°) Know how to spot nationalist biases in historiography. Required reading : Bellwood, Peter, “Austronesian Prehistory in Southeast Asia : Homeland, Expansion and Transformation”, in The Austronesians, Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Canberra, ANU Press, 1995, p.103-114.
Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : The grading process will include text analysis, written exercices, quizzes, book reviews and class participation. Pedagogical Method : The classes will be based on readings and oral texts analysis but also on debating about historical issues at stake. Students will be required to share their reading experience, to present contexts and hypothesis, to write texts commentaries and even some creative personal writing. The idea is to make the journey lively and to ﬁnd links with visual arts and music. Course Description : The reading conferences are part of the global yearly syllabus on the Silk Road. The purpose is to read, analyse and explain texts, from travel logs, letters, to treaties, novels and poetry, written by travelers during their peregrinations East and West or about places and people along the Silk Road. These documents will enable us to capture the spirit of traders, warriors, pilgrims, adventurers and also to ﬁgure out the reality and myths that developped about the fabulous Silk Road countries. Required reading : Journey to the West, Wu Cheng'en, Volumes I, II, III, translation by Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago Press, 1983, (2012 edition).
SINGING IN A CHOIR : IMPROVING INTERACTIONS ?
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Adam VIDOVIC (Professeur de conservatoire). Prerequisite : Anglais niveau B2/3 obligatoire. Previous experience is not necessary, but a good ear and a musical background are recommended to aid full participation of this course. Pedagogical Format : Workshop Course validation : 1) regular attendance and active participation 2) assimilation / progress / personal implication within the group (choir) 3) One written piece (based on personal experience)
SILK ROAD : WRITING ALONG THE ROAD
Semester : Autumn and Spring Number of hours : 48 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Sophie ROCHEFORT GUILLOUET (Lecturer). 472