Anne Muxel


Anne Muxel is Research Director at CNRS and works at the CEVIPOF (Center for Political Research in Sciences Po Paris). She received a Doctorat de Sociology/Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle at La Sorbonne /Université Paris V-René Descartes. The author of numerous publications in the field of political science and sociology, Dr. Muxel has headed numerous research and international projects, specifically on youth and politics, political participation, French elections, and family transmission. She has been a visiting professor in North America (NYU) and Japan (Tokyo University) and a key note speaker at numerous international conferences and symposia.  She is a member of the editorial board of the Revue Française de Sociologie, of the Scientific Committee of the French Association of Political Science. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Department of Political Science in Sciences Po Paris where she has taught since 1989. 



Course List: 

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FREN3485 - Young People and Politics      

Young People and Politics in France and Beyond

Transformations in the relationships between young people and politics are obvious in all Western democracies. Engagement in traditional political institutions has declined in recent decades, leading to what some have seen as a crisis in citizenship. What are the most characteristic transformations towards politics and how could we explain them? What is so special about young people’s politics in all established democracies?
The course will explore the different aspects of politicization: level of interest, involvement, voting, political participation, partisan affiliation, political choices, and also demonstrations and protest. It will study the emergence of a new model of citizenship within the young generations compared to their elders. Social and political cleavages which exist don’t have the same impact on all categories. There is a clear division between young people with and without educational background and qualifications and their political choices are not the same.
More broadly, this course will give many clues to better understand politics in France and the French society today, working with news, surveys, and a wide diversity of research and knowledge from the social sciences. More specifically this year it will be the occasion to comment and to study the 2017 French Presidential Election.

Required Texts: Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College bookstore

Summer 2013, LS 3 Week Session II, Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 3 Week Session II, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN6678 - Individual & Collective Memory      

Remembering the Past, Coloring a Life-Time

Everybody has to face the past, their own personal past, and the collective and historical past. In this course we will explore the different ways all of us deal with the past and the memories it evokes. Bringing together individual and historical approaches, and drawing on the narratives and reflections of course participants, we will look at literature, cinema, and a variety of researches from the field of anthropology and the social sciences. We will try to understand how family memory and memories of romantic love work. Both of these types of memories inspire a great deal of literature, TV, and film. Together we will look at the rituals and symbolic values of these memories in individual’s private life. We will also work on the uses of collective memory and commemoration in contemporary societies, and particularly in France today. Prior to the course I invite you to reflect on this statement: Memory is the present of the past. Do you agree?

Required text:
- Anne MUXEL, Individu et mémoire familiale : ISBN : 978-2-01-279318-7 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 3 Week Session I, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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