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Online debate on French history, theory, and the question of modernism April 22, 2008

Posted by Jenny Ferng in Uncategorized.
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Apologies for my prolonged blog absence. I have not abandoned Will in his search for the history of history but was traveling abroad, which always takes time out of one’s schedule.

I am happy to announce that our online debate will debut tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 23rd, 8pm Paris time or 2pm Eastern standard time. If you have a Gmail account and would like to join our group chat room, feel free to send either me or Will an email at jennifer.ferng or gwilliamthomas. We will hope to refine this project as time goes on.

We will begin the debate with Stanley Fish’s recent essays on French theory in America.

Some other questions we hope to kick around are: how are French theorists different from French historians? Are there competing schools of contemporary French historiography today? What type of new methodologies are being used and what kind of exciting questions are being asked by graduate students and more established scholars? How do French historians compare with British historians? Is modernism still alive in the humanities or should it be? What about its relation to postmodernism?

We hope you can join us and look forward to a constructive and critical debate!

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