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        Historical Studies Student Handbook (PDF)


    • Courses in the Department of Historical Studies explore what happened in the past to understand what's happening now. Students study the most important theories of the discipline and learn to rethink accepted foundations through a modern lens. Ideas are explored through research, reading, writing, and discussion.

      Please consult the New School Course Catalog for a full list of courses. Spring 2020 courses include:

      • The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructures, GHIS 5520
        Emma Park, Assistant Professor of History

        Infrastructure — from road networks to electricity grids — are often regarded as the invisible background of social life. In this framing, networked infrastructures are the apolitical substratum of modernity itself. In this course, by contrast, we explore infrastructures as complex assemblages of power and politics. In the first half of the course, we begin by reviewing now-classic texts on infrastructures from the humanities and social sciences. The second half of the course is devoted to setting these ideas and theorizations in motion by tracking the infrastructural politics that have animated social, political, and economic life in the Global South. Drawing these literatures together, we ask how starting a discussion of infrastructures from these other geographies has opened up new questions about the materiality of politics, power, and the making of subjectivities. Drawing on literature, history, science and technology studies (STS), anthropology, and geography, we analyze the complex and unexpected ways in which infrastructures have been mobilized as vectors of power, objects of political concern, and subjects of poetic meaning making.

      • Historical Methods and Sources, GHIS 6134
        Claire Potter, Professor of History

        Historical Methods and Sources offers theoretical perspectives on and practical training in historical research, writing, and representation. We begin by exploring debates surrounding what history is: a mode of narrative, a form of textuality, a set of relationships to the past. The remainder of the course provides hands-on training in what historians do: identify archives; locate, choose, and interpret primary sources; place research in its relevant intellectual and scholarly contexts; assess the existing literature; review books; design research; and intervene in historiographic debates by crafting original arguments. Individual projects are tailored to students' research interests, building toward (or enhancing) work on their MA theses. This course is mandatory for all Historical Studies master's students and for all PhD students doing joint programs in history, but it is open to all NSSR graduate students who are interested in historical research and methodology.

      • Reading Walter Benjamin, GHIS 6420
        Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science, and Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History 

      • Masters Thesis Seminar, GHIS 6500
        Oz Frankel, Associate Professor and Chair of History

        This course is mandatory for second-year graduate students in history and is designed to help prepare them for writing their theses. Students will be expected to have prepared materials for their thesis before taking the class and should be on course for completing their thesis by the end of the semester. 

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