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A New Initiative

A goal of New York University’s doctoral program in the history of the medieval West is to train and produce scholars who will be capable of identifying and utilizing previously unpublished sources relating to topics in economics, politics, demographics, law, cultural history, and the social and anthropological history of lay men and women.

Beginning in the Fall of 2011, students admitted to New York University’s doctoral program in medieval history  will have the option of spending one year, preferably their first year, in Paris, France, where they will be based at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS).

The primary purpose of this year abroad is to develop skills for research in European libraries and archives, and to acquire an expert command of Medieval Latin and Romance Languages, Paleography, Diplomatics, Codicology, and Archivistics.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to attend seminars related to their areas of interest.

Once at the ENS, students will be assigned an advisor who will monitor their performance throughout the year.  Specifically, the advisor will help organize a program of study consisting of courses to be taken at the following institutions: the ENS, the École nationale des chartes (ENC), the Université de Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE), the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), and the Collège de France.

Upon successful completion of this course of study and after returning to New York University, students will receive equivalent credits for the course work done in Paris and will then continue on to satisfy the History Department’s degree requirements.

For further information, please contact Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, Dept. of History, New York Univ., 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012-1098. E-mail is the preferred mode of contact (bbr2@nyu.edu).