Workshop in American History and Culture
Contact: Nathalie Caron and Andrew Diamond
Lieu: Paris Sorbonne, 1 rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris

The workshop seeks to create a lively and critical dialogue between scholars from a range of fields around innovative research in progress and recently published work. While our focus is on American history and culture, from the seventeenth century to the present, we also welcome contributions from scholars working on North America more generally, as well as those dealing with transnational or comparative perspectives. In particular, we hope to create a space that will facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges and collaborations between doctoral students and researchers.


- Julia Abramson (University of Oklahoma), Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6-7.45pm, Amphi Michelet,
« Pourquoi Piketty? French ‘Enlightenment’ and the American Reception of Capital in the Twenty-First Century »

Julia Abramson is the head of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where she teaches about the French eighteenth century, the Atlantic world, and topics in food studies and in finance and culture. She is the author of two books, Learning from Lying: Paradoxes of the Literary Mystification (Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press, 2005) and Food Culture in France (Westwood, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007), and she has published articles on interdisciplinary topics in literature, culture, cultural history, and sociology. A recent Gustave Gimon Research Fellow in the History of French Political Economy at Stanford University (2014) and recipient of a research grant from the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society in Newark, Delaware (2015), she is currently writing a new book about finance and culture.

- Jeff Chang, Monday, Dec. 12. journalist and music critic on hip hop music and culture, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (2005).
« The Quality of ‘Alrightness’: Hip-Hop and Race In the City and the Suburb »

Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. His books include Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race, Culture, and Resegregation. His next book will be a biography of Bruce Lee. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of « 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World » and by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and the winner of the Asian American Literary Award.

- Sarah Pearsall (University of Cambridge). To be confirmed.


- Marvin Surkin (NYU), Monday, October 5,  « Race and Class in America:  The Legacy of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers »
- Jefferson Cowie (Cornell U.), Monday, Feb. 1, « A Nation Without Class: The 1970s and the Origins of Contemporary American Politics »
- Jennifer Hughes (UC Riverside), Tuesday, Feb. 2, « Epidemics, Indigenous Death, and the Ambivalent Origins of American Christianity »
- Jonathan Bell (University College London), March 24, “Rethinking the “Straight State”: Welfare Politics, Health Care, and Public Policy in the United States in the Shadow of AIDS”


- Romain Huret (EHESS, IUF), Tuesday, November 18, « A Rich Man On Trial. Andrew. W. Mellon, New Dealers and the ‘Tax Trial of the Century,’ 1933-1941. »
- Thomas Sugrue (University of Pennsylvania), Thursday, December 4, « Bankruptcy and Beyond : Detroit and the Past and Future of American Urbanism. »
- Kevin Boyle (Northwestern University, US Embassy in Paris), Monday, December 8, « A New Order of Things: FDR and the Remaking of America. »
- Camille Froidevaux-Metterie (Université de Reims, IUF), Tuesday, February 3, « Les trois vagues du féminisme américain ou comment le sujet féminin a disparu. »
- Peter Mancall (University of Southern California), Tuesday, March 17, « Writing America’s Origins ».
- Frédéric Dorel (Ecole Centrale de Nantes/HDEA), Thursday, April 2, « Egalité des droits et le pacifisme aux Etats-Unis. Que reste-t-il du mouvement catholique des années 1960 ? ».
- Bryant Simon (Temple University), Tuesday, May 19, « The Reign of Cheap : Reserve Fordism, Food, and the Political Economy of Post-1970s America. »
- Elsa Devienne (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre/EHESS), Thursday, June 11, « ‘There’s Law at the Beach!’ : Laws and Policing Tactics on Los Angeles’ Beaches, 1920s-1970s. »