A. Nicot – Assignment 1: Introduction

There was some trouble for me getting to use the website, so please forgive the late introduction.My name is Aurelien Nicot, a rising Senior and an international student, here for all four standard years. I’m a History major and an International Relations minor, so my skillset lies in critical reading and research, as well as theorizing. My specific area of interest in History is the Long 19th Century, especially from a French perspective. I am French, so my cultural and political background is fairly different from that of Americans as I’ve come to realize very starkly in my time here in the U.S.A., but that really shouldn’t be a problem as we’re all here to study global citizenship, right?

I’m taking this class because given my particular opinions about the concept of “global citizenship” (not a fan) and the kinds of ideas that circulate around it (post-nationalism, internationalism, “human rightsism” as we say in France), I figured I’d be able to challenge myself to think a bit more about my own views and come to terms with understanding what I consider views I am hostile to to some degree – we’ll see if my expectations are met or if I was mistaken.

I don’t remember my GST 110 course all that well, as it was 3 years ago, but I do remember, as other students have mentioned, the book Ishmael which I didn’t think was particularly good, being a terrible novel first of all, but also having a poor view of history. Anarcho-primitivism sure didn’t help. In the following three years I’ve developed my views considerably. I do remember being relatively surprised at how my views were received, even today, since I keep hearing nightmare stories about American universities from some American friends. My professors and my advisor, Dr. Irons (I’ll mention Dr. Matthews and Dr. Crowe as well as people I’ve discussed extensively with) have been very respectful considering.

I imagine my work in History will be useful for this class. You can’t understand the world without understanding how it came to be and the fundamentals of human behavior are clear in history. I’ve also taken international relations and political science courses that also emphasized global perspectives, such as Comparative Politics, which dealt with contemporary issues frequently.

I don’t really have any interesting photos or videos to share, but I suppose I could share one of my favorite pieces of historical music as interpreted by Georges Thill:

Ce que c’est qu’un drapeau

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