Sorbonne Summer University - Program

The Summer University offers several cycles of courses, in French and English, given by teacher-researchers from the Sorbonne University community.

Sorbonne Summer University - Program

Sorbonne Summer University - Cycles of courses program

There are 15.0 hours of lectures per week, 3.0 hours a day, Monday to Friday, in the morning or afternoon, depending on the course. This pace allows participants to enjoy classes, and also visit Paris afterwards.

You can register for more than one course.

Cycle in french

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm
OR
Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm

To reflect on the foundations of European civilization, Cycle 1 offers an introduction to philosophy in Greece and Rome as well as a study of its relations to politics. This cycle invites a reflection on the art in Antiquity and its influence on the power of the speech and covers an introduction to rhetoric.

  • Telling the Past in Ancient Greece: Epic and History
    Sébastien Morlet, Greek, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Living Happily: An Introduction to Roman Stoicism
    Juliette Dross, Latin language and literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Reflection on art in Antiquity andits influence until today
    Valérie Naas, Latin language and literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The power of speech: Greco-Roman rhetoric and its contemporary extensions
    Juliette Dross, Latin language and literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Chuckle with the Greeks
    Yann Migoubert, Greek, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

This cycle will attempt to show how modernity operated in the 19th century on the world around us and what we still have of it today.

  • How the French became modern
    Arnaud Houte, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

  • The Opera Garnier
    Jean-Baptiste Minnaert, history of art, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

  • Challenges and renewals: changing religion in Europe in19th century
    Rémy Heme de Lacotte, history, Faculty of Arts and at Sorbonne University

  • State diplomacy in the 19th century, tradition and modernity
    Isabelle Dasque, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

  • Modernité dans la littérature (week 2 only)
    Judith Sarfati-Lanter, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University-*

  • Paris, capital of revolutions (week 3 only)
    Arnaud Houte, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

This cycle of conferences offers a journey through the major works of French literature, to discover or rediscover emblematic texts, bases of a common culture. In particular, will be discussed the works that made an impact when they were published and are still relevant to this day. We will thus examine what a classic consists of, by considering the various ways in which literary productions play with aesthetic codes and fashion models - from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. Each conference deals with a particular period of French literature.

 

 

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

 

Le XVIe siècle

 

Louise Labé, Œuvres (éd. Michèle Clément et Michel Jourde, Paris, GF, 2022)

Adeline Lionetto, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Louise Labé, Œuvres (éd. Michèle Clément et Michel Jourde, Paris, GF, 2022)

Adeline Lionetto, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Clément Marot, Epîtres, éd. Guillaume Berthon et Jean-Charles Monferran, Paris, Gallimard, coll. "NRF Poésie", 2021

Paul-Victor Desarbres, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Le XVIIe siècle

 

La Fontaine et Madame de la Fayette : splendeurs et tensions du classicisme français

Tiphaine Rolland, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

La Fontaine, Perrault, Madame d'Aulnoy : les milles facettes du conte au XVIIe siècle

Tiphaine Rolland, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

La Rochefoucauld, Sévigné : les formes brèves de l'écriture de soi

Tiphaine Rolland, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Le XVIIIe siècle

 

Diderot, L'Encyclopédie et La Religieuse

Sophie Marchand, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Voltaire conteur : Candide d'hier à aujourd'hui

Stéphanie Géhanne, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Naissance du roman moderne : Marivaux, Le Paysan parvenu ; Prévost, Histoire d'une Grecque moderne

Stéphanie Géhanne, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Le XIXe siècle

 

Stendhal, Le Rouge et le noir (1830) ; Flaubert, L'Education sentimentale

Boris Lyon-Caen, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Balzac, Le Colonel Chabert, éd. Stéphane Vachon, Le Livre de Poche Classiques (1994) ; Nerval, « Sylvie », Les Filles du feu. Les Chimères, éd. Bertrand Marchal, Gallimard, coll. Folio (2005)

Christophe Pradeau, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Méditations poétiques de Lamartine

Romain Jalabert, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

 

Le XXe siècle

 

W ou le souvenir d'enfance de Georges Perec ; Un barrage contre le Pacifique de Marguerite Duras

Judith Sarfati-Lanter, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

W ou le souvenir d'enfance de Georges Perec ; Un barrage contre le Pacifique de Marguerite Duras

Judith Sarfati-Lanter, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

Mémoire d'Hadrien de Marguerite Yourcenar ; Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée de Simone de Beauvoir

Simon Bréan, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

 

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Cycle in french

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm
OR
Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm

This cycle gives the keys to understanding some of the major themes in the field of philosophy.

  • The social dimension of science
    Cédric Paternotte, philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Should science only describe the world? Logical positivism
    Cédric Paternotte, philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Humanism, Transhumanism, Posthumanism
    Pierre-Henri Tavoillot, philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Does it take all kinds to make a world?
    Elise Marrou, philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The overcoming of metaphysics (Heidegger)
    Vincent Blanchet, philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

French history is full of iconic figures - men and women who are famous the world over. Each in their own way has left their mark and helped to shape the country we see today. This cycle looks at the indelible impression left by five famous French men and women who have achieved almost mythical status.

  • Molière
    Sophie Marchand, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Louis Pasteur
    Gilles Fumey, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Joséphine Baker (week 2 only)
    Nathalie Duval, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Marie Curie and the women who lie in the Pantheon (week 2 only)
    Nathalie Duval, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Victor Hugo (week 2 only)
    Boris Lyon-Caen, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Charles De Gaulle (only in week 3)
    Arnaud Houte, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in english

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm

  • National memory: history and culture
    Yann Migoubert, Greek, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • From plate to pixel: a brief history of the photographic image
    Jagna Oltarzewska, English language and literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • General history of France
    Jean-François Dunyach, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Project management
    Yann Migoubert, Greek, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • A Greater Olimpic Paris: building an eco-technological innovation
    Patrizia Ingalline, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

This cycle presents the role of French women in the history of France and their influence in the arts and literature.

  • French women and diplomacy from modern times to the present day
    Isabelle Dasque, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Women and writing
    Anne Tomiche, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The female body of the 19th century to the present day
    Nathalie Duval, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The Parisian between myth and reality
    Nathalie Duval, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Women at work, 19th-20th centuries: an emancipation?
    Arnaud Houte, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
    > Although women have always worked, a large number of professions and positions of power have been forbidden to them. After an overview of the conditions of women's work in nineteenth-century France, this course will focus on the transformations brought about by industrialization and the rise in the level of education. It will then address the resistance and obstacles to the development of women's work in the first half of the 20th century. It will conclude with a reflection on the new challenges of professional equality from the end of the 20th century to the present day. The course will focus on case studies and individual stories to study these women at work.

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Cycle in french

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

France is one of those countries that has a particular passion for food. With the invention of catering and gastronomy at the beginning of the
Industrial Revolution, France moulded a relationship with food and the table that set it apart from its neighbors. This is one of the reasons why
wines, cheeses, charcuterie and pastries are France's best ambassadors to the world.

  • History of french gastronomy and cuisine (part 1)
    Fabien Faugeron, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • History of french gastronomy and cuisine (part 2)
    Fabien Faugeron, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Gastronomy, a french exception
    Gilles Fumey, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Bread, wine and cheese: cultural bestsellers
    Gilles Fumey, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • What is a "local product"?
    Vincent Moriniaux, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in english

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm

  • The Opéra Garnier
    Jean-Baptiste Minnaert, history of art, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • From the royal Louvre to the republican Concorde
    Jean-François Dunyach, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The Latin Quarter
    Jean-François Dunyach, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • La Sorbonne
    Yann Migoubert, Greek, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Screening the City of Lights: Holywood in love
    Claire Dutriaux, English-languaage studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

  • The Eiffel Tower
    Arnaud Houte, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Department stores (Samaritaine)
    Jean-Baptiste Minnaert, history of art, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Les Halles
    Reynald Abad, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • La Sorbonne
    Reynald Abad, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The Louvre and its territories: advancing towards an XXL Louvre (week 2 only)
    Edith Fagnoni, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The Arc de Triomphe (week 3 only)
    Antonin Durand, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
OR
Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Are the French a rebellious people? We will see that there was not only one French revolution in 1789 through different disciplines.

  • The French Revolution
    Jean-François Dunyach, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The revolution on the plate
    Vincent Moriniaux, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • When Factories become Heritage: World Recognition for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mining Basin (week 1 only)
    Edith Fagnoni, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • A new tourism revolution: an example of the construction of the Greater Paris Metropolis (week 2 only)
    Edith Fagnoni, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The consumer revolution in contemporary times (weeks 1 and 2 only)
    Jean-Pierre Williot, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Women as actors and victims of the French Revolution (weeks 1 and 2 only)
    Nathalie Duval, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • May - June 68, a French revolution (week 3 only)
    Arnaud Houte, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 1: 1 to 5 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm

  • Breathing Easier in the City: Public Space and Active Mobility in Paris - A Controversial Approach
    Patrizia Ingalline, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • History of the environment
    Nestor Herran, history of sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The fathers of ecology: from Humboldt to Haeckel
    Gilles Fumey, geography, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Energy companies and climate change
    Yves Bouvier, history, University of Rouen-Normandie
  • Climate change in the literature
    Judith Sarfati, French and comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 2: 8 to 12 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm
OR
Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 2pm to 5pm

  • Legal aspects
    Arnaud Latil, private law, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • Analyzing Textual Data in the Humanities and Social Sciences using Artificial Intelligence
    Motasem Alrahabi, Research Engineer in Digital Humanities, Sorbonne University
  • The historical challenges of artificial intelligence
    Benjamin Thierry, history, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • The ethics of artificial intelligence
    Adrien Tallent, philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University
  • [Title to come]
    Adrien Tallent, philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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Cycle in french

Week 3: 15 to 19 July 2024 from 9.30am to 12.30pm

Rhetoric is the art of convincing and persuading through speech. This cycle, which explores rhetoric in all its aspects, deals with substance (content of speech) as well as form (manner of delivery) and articulates theory (rhetorical method) as well as practice (application of this method).

This course requires a very good mastery of french (minimum level C1).

Juliette Dross, Latin language and literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sorbonne University

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French as a foreign language (FLE)

The Sorbonne University offers, in collaboration with SIAL, French courses (as a foreign language). Each course is 2 weeks long.
6 levels are available: level A1.1, A1.2, A2, B1, B2 and C1 (check the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Unless you are a beginner, testing is compulsory if you cannot provide official proof of your level in French. Please contact us to take the test online: lettres-ftlv-universite-ete@sorbonne-universite.fr

Please note that seats are limited.

Program

The hours of courses for these levels consist of general French courses only, during which students work on several skills: oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression, and written expression. The chosen themes and media further enable participants to become familiar with different aspects of French cultural life, including lifestyles, the French education and University system, and the history of the Latin Quarter.

Schedule

40 hours in total

From Monday to Friday: from 9.30am to 12pm and from 1pm to 2.30pm
A1.1 : from 24 June to 5 July 2024 
A1.2 : from 8 to 19th July 2024
A2 : from 24 June to 5 July 2024
B1 : from 8 to 19th July 2024

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Program

General French courses, consisting of 3 hours session in the morning and 1 hour 30 minutes in the afternoon, during which students work on several linguistic skills: written comprehension, oral comprehension, written expression, and oral expression. The chosen themes and media further enable participants to become familiar with different aspects of French cultural life, including lifestyles, the French education and University system, and the history of the Latin Quarter.

Culture and civilization course consisting of 10 sessions / 1 our 30 each which provide points of reference in the fields of French culture and civilization. The main trends in critical thinking and French artistic movements from the Renaissance to the present day will also be presented; various types of media - literary, musical, pictorial, cinematographic or architectural will be used.

Schedule

60 hours in total

From Monday to Friday: from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm and 5pm
B2 : from 24 June to 5 July 2024 or 8 to 19 July 2024
C1 : from 24 June to 5 July 2024 or 8 to 19 July 2024

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Contact

Université d’été

1 rue Victor Cousin
75230 Paris Cedex 05