The Master’s in European, Mediterranean and Asian Studies aims to provide students with general and technical knowledge, as well as disciplinary and transdisciplinary skills, so that they will be able to conduct research autonomously.
Students must master scientific communication in a foreign language to obtain the master’s degree. In the case of non-French speaking students, French is considered as the language of scientific communication. The EPHE provides “French as a foreign language” classes if students need to upgrade their language skills.
The EEMA Master’s comprises seven specializations.
Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquity: languages, history, religions
The aim of this specialization is to provide students, who mainly hold degrees in history, history of art, archaeology, the Classics, Hebrew and Arabic, with comprehensive knowledge of Antiquity, from the end of the 4th millennium BC to Late Antiquity. It focuses on all Mediterranean and Near Eastern areas and takes into account their linguistic, historic and religious aspects.
This broad program, based on revised definitions of the disciplines, emphasizes research methods, in particular the teaching of “ancillary sciences” of history (prosopography, numismatics), and specifically on techniques for editing ancient literature (paleography, epigraphy, papyrology).
This specialization provides a global program on Asia, from Iran to Japan, integrating complementary thematic and disciplinary approaches (history, archaeology, philology, epigraphy, historic linguistics, literature, philosophy, anthropology of religions). The course covers two major areas of Asia identified by their linguistic, cultural and religious particularities: Eastern Asia and South-East Asia (China, Japan, Siberia-Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia), and India, Iran, Tibet and Central Asia.
Medieval Studies: texts, cultures, and Europe’s religions
This specialization covers teachings related to the Middle Ages: those devoted to the Medieval West and Byzantium, and it provides perspectives on the Hebrew and Arab world in the Middle Ages. Although it covers the Medieval millennium chronologically, it also takes the liberty of moving ‘upstream and downstream’ beyond the period in the interests of the consistency of the statements (ancient heritage, slow emergence of modern Europe frameworks).
Indo-European Linguistics and Typology
This specialization provides a comprehensive and consistent program on the historic and comparative linguistics of Indo-European languages. It focuses on comparing the languages of this extensive family, which stretches from Europe to Asia, and on the methods used to reconstruct the prehistoric language from which they are derived: Indo-European.
The EPHE is the only establishment in the world where so many Indo-European language experts are brought together (from Gallic to, Tocharian from the remotest parts of China, from Mycenaean Greek of the 2nd millennium BC to Lithuanian used in Protestant catechisms).
History of Art and Archaeology
This specialization provides students, who hold degrees in history of art and archaeology or other equivalent degrees (Bachelor or the first three years’ studies at the École du Louvre, for example), and students who hold degrees in history and literature, with a program that focuses on research in the History of Art and Archaeology, from Protohistory to contemporary times. This curriculum covers all European and Mediterranean areas.
The great wealth of teachings proposed is based on a set of partnerships with other higher education establishments located in the center of Paris, in particular the École du Louvre and schools belonging to the PSL-Research University Association of universities and higher education institutions (COMUE - Communauté d’Universités et Établissements) (the École nationale des Chartes and the École normale supérieure).
Islamic Studies and Muslim Worlds: history, sources, doctrines
This specialization aims to provide students with high-level teaching regarding Islam itself (theology, law, mysticism and philosophy, as well as Qur’anic exegesis and hadith), and history of societies (the Ayyubid dynasty and the Ottomans), of the Arab Book and architecture.
The study of documents is one of the key pillars of the course: records written down in their various formats (edited text, manuscripts, inscriptions, documents, currencies, etc.) play a particularly important role during the four semesters, and specific literature pertaining to archaeology is also addressed. The centrality of these sources, which builds on the School’s continuing tradition, will naturally lead to focusing on learning methodologies.
Modern and Contemporary Europe: religions, cultures, politics
This highly interdisciplinary specialization includes fields that are insufficiently represented or do not exist in other higher education establishments. While consideration of cultural transfers and the comparative approach continue to play an important role, focus is shifted from the France/Germanic/United Kingdom axis to place particular attention on Southern Europe (Portugal, Italy, Greece), on Russia, the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire.
This specialization incorporates teaching provided by religious science specialists, legal experts, historians, art historians and specialists of cultural areas.