As a first step in developing our Pedagogy Resources section, the FCHS has compiled the following materials as part of the #Parissyllabus project.
Many colleagues have spoken out about the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris—and the public and policy responses to them—in newspaper op-eds, blog posts, and other essays that put these recent attacks in historical perspective, in relationship to the histories of French colonialism in the Middle East, of French republicanism and Islam, of immigration and multiculturalism, of French foreign policy, of Paris, and more. The #Parissyllabus initiative aims to build on these efforts by collecting and organizing more indepth resources for educators who want to discuss the recent events with their students. In short, to fight ignorance, punditry, and abuses of history by making available to teachers at all levels a reliable bibliography of materials that the authors of these op-eds, blog posts, and essays draw on themselves.
The project is inspired by the mobilization of colleagues in African-American and US history in the the wake of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and the terrible attack on Charleston, SC's Emanuel AME Church last June. Using the Twitter hashtags #Fergusonsyllabus and #Charlestonsyllabus, their efforts created rich bibliographies and sparked ongoing, informed public discussion of the histories of race relations, violence, identity, and inequality in the United States.
We hope that colleagues will share relevant books, articles, novels, films, websites, and other resources on Twitter using the hashtag #Parissyllabus or to email suggestions to email@example.com. The syllabus is an evolving project, and will be updated with new sources regularly. We welcome all suggestions.
History of Paris
2005 Banlieue Protests
Migration in France
Islam in France
Race, Religion, and Cultural Diversity in France
Islam, Race, and Cultural Diversity in Europe
Empire and Colonialism in North Africa and the Middle East
Histories of North Africa and the Middle East
Terrorism and Political Violence in Europe
Islamism, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS/Daesh
Op-Eds (link to a separate page)
Charlie Hebdo Attacks of January 2015
Paris 13 November Attacks
Responses to the Attacks
Press Coverage and Public Discourse
State of Emergency Law
Terrorism in France
The Broader European Context
Middle East/Syria Conflict
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Chabal, Emile. A Divided Republic: Nation, State, and Citizenship in Contemporary France. Cambridge UP, 2015.
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