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Julian Bourg

associate professor and core moderator

Julian Bourg

Telephone: (617) 552-2718

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S327


Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

Fields of Interest

Modern European intellectual and cultural history; modern French history; the 1960s; terror and political violence; French theory

Academic Profile

Professor Bourg’s teaching interests include courses on nineteenth and twentieth century European intellectual history, intellectuals and politics, the history of terrorism, history and film, modernism and postmodernism, and biopower. His first book, From Revolution to Ethics, winner of the 2008 Morris D. Forkosch book prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas, examined the revival of the theme of ethics among French intellectuals in the wake of the student and worker revolts of May 1968. He has also translated and introduced a book by famed political philosopher Claude Lefort on the meaning of the collapse of communism. Professor Bourg is currently writing a book on the history of the relationship between terror and democracy since the eighteenth century. His continuing interests include French theory, especially the thought of Michel Foucault; the relationship between ethics and aesthetics; and twentieth-century French Catholic intellectuals. Professor Bourg serves on the editorial board of Modern Intellectual History and is the past recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Representative Publications

  • “On Terror as Human Sacrifice,” Humanity (2010)
  • “The Moral History of 1968,” in Rethinking May ’68, ed. Julian Jackson (2010)
  • “Le sexe quadrimensionnel: Duchamp entre la vue et le toucher,” in Marcel Duchamp et l’érotisme, ed. Marc Décimo (2008)
  • From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought (2007)
  • Complications: Communism and the Dilemmas of Democracy, by Claude Lefort, tr. and intro. (2007)
  • “The Red Guards of Paris: French Student Maoism of the 1960s,” History of European Ideas (2005)
  • After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France, ed. and intro. (2004)