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Four Institutional Partnerships for Research and Higher Education - 2

Project coordinator: Marianne HOPMAN and Nasrin QADER

Total costs of the project: $58.987,46
Embassy of France support: $13.596,03

Summary of the Project

The goal of the project is to promote and enhance institutional partnerships through dual PhD, faculty exchanges and joint conferences with four French institutions (Sciences-Po, ENS Paris, ENS Lyon, EHESS) as established partners and to develop a new partnership with Paris III. The thematic focus of each partnership draws on Northwestern departments at the forefront of their field and highlight respective strengths of our partners as well. As a result, intellectual linkages vary from one partner to another as areas of excellence are diverse. Our approach to the development of these partnerships is incremental: we begin with individual faculty exchanges and advance to collaborative conferences, with the ultimate objective of dual PhDs and PUF funding for specific long-term projects. To further support and provide visibility to these collaborative efforts, we organize and co-sponsor campus activities that underscore the intellectual importance of French language and culture in general and of our programs in particular. Our visiting faculty and students from France  offer "Causeries" presentations on their work in French that routinely attract large faculty and student audiences.

Departments  Involved: Our partnership with ENS-Lyon emphasizes Medieval and Early Modern Studies and draws on the expertise of NU scholars in Political Theory, Literature, Philosophy, History; with ENS-Paris we collaborate in Literature and Philosophy; with EHESS in African Studies and with Paris III in Comparative Literature and World Literature; our graduate and faculty exchanges with Sciences Po focus on Political Theory, Urban Sociology and Law, Conflict Studies, while our undergraduate efforts have yielded exemplary results through our study abroad programs in European Union Studies, Public Health, and Critical Theory.

Activities: For 2014, we have planned the second part of the 2 highly successful collaborative conferences that took place at Northwestern in spring of 2013. The one with ENS-Lyon, on “Materialism and the Human,” will be convened in Lyon in the fall of 2014 when leading scholars from NU will join those at ENS Lyon. The second, with ENS Paris, has developed into a trilateral collaboration with Frankfurt, planned over the next 3 years, and will include 2 faculty members and 5 graduate students from each of the 3 institutions. This conference will take place in the fall of 2014 in Paris. 3 causeries are planned around faculty visits and double PhD students.