Semester 1 - Paris

Module 1.1. Overall methodological approaches:


History of technology, V. Negre, J-L. Rigaud

The course proposes a reflection on the relation between technique and society. It aims to bring to light the multiple values attached to the techniques, but also to show how the practices and the technical objects configure spaces and societies. The chosen approach (period going from the Renaissance to the 1850s) does not follow the evolution of the different techniques. It is thematic, centered on the forms of knowledge and know-how, the actors and the places. The course is designed to develop and illuminate themes present in the historical discipline in general. It is also thought in response to the unprecedented development of current technologies, as a useful tool for thinking and building a "sustainable" world based on an ethic of techniques.



Module 1.2. Practical training module:


a / Workshops, J-L. Rigaud

Students are entrusted with a sector of a transect that crosses Paris from north-west to south-east and must, through field surveys, decide on the heritage elements that should be guarded imperatively if the sector is seriously threatened with extinction. The aim is to contribute to the definition of heritage criteria, a crucial problem for heritage research, involving the extra-European culture of students. The research is done in the field in groups of two to three students. The rendering is collective.


b / Tutored project


c / The computer project with historical-patrimonial content, B. Rivalland

Publishing content on the internet has become very accessible to everyone. But how to select the most suitable tool? Is it enough to write content online? The course will present the various services that exist on the internet to carry out a digital project and guide students in the drafting of specifications for IT projects.



Module 2. Fundamentals:


a / Techniques and heritages: places of knowledge / places of technology (16th-19th century), V. Nègre

The seminar aims to reflect on the places of production and circulation of technical knowledge parallel to knowledge institutions (universities, colleges, academies). From the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, many spaces, whether fixed (workshops, shops, laboratories, factories, factories, gardens) or itinerant (building sites, lodgings, places of exhibition and show) host practices producing knowledge. Particular attention will be given to their physical and functional characteristics, the identification of the individuals who frequent them, the types of knowledge and the media (drawings, models, prototypes, writings) through which this knowledge passes. The theme involves two corollary reflections. The first concerns the sources that make it possible to restore the materiality of places and practices. The second is related to the way in which these places have made and are still the object of heritage, how they are preserved and maintained. An update on recent historiographical research and perspectives in both the history of technology and the history of art will be made.


b / History and functioning of cultural institutions and organizations, P. Barthélémy

The professionals of the heritage are confronted, in the assembly of their projects to many institutional interlocutors whose modes of operation and the expectations are very often different. They must be aware of these particularities in order to be able to orient themselves in the partnership landscape and to make reasoned and logical proposals to decision-makers in the context of setting up equipment or strategies for valuing heritage. This seminar will be composed of four main modules: historical-patrimonial STI field and heritage phases; archives of science and technology; intellectual property law (A-L. Stérin); international law of cultural property (W. Sellers).



Module 3. Scientific environment:


a / Webminar TPTI


b / A seminar of complementary disciplinary choice


Scientific, technical and industrial cultures

The seminar provides skills related to the conservation of local cultural and scientific cultural heritage; mastering the popularization of the discourse on the place of science and technology in society. It is composed of four major modules: material heritage of sciences and techniques in context (O. Lasserre); heritage and history of scientific and technical heritage and museums, and cultural policy in France (C. Cuenca); archives law (N. Thiebaut); history and law of cultural institutions (P. Barthélémy).


Historical technical environments and industry heritage

The seminar provides scientific expertise on the study and analysis of physical environments in which a technique was used and skills to illuminate the cultural, economic and social practices of techniques, to participate in the debates of the city as to current and future issues. It is composed of four major modules: archeology of technical structures (I. Lafarge, E. Rieth, V. Serna, F. Tereygeol); cartography and GIS (A. Dallo); right of local authorities (C. Le Bris); legal protection of sites and landscapes (R. Morera).


c / Languages

LV1: French or introduction to Italian or Portuguese for French speakers

LV2: English

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