Founded in 1975, the Program in European Cultural Studies is one of Princeton’s oldest undergraduate certificate programs. ECS was established on the joint initiative of a group of faculty members in History, Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, Politics, and Architecture and Urban Planning, under the leadership of Carl E. Schorske (1915-2015). Current ECS faculty members hail from the Departments of Anthropology, Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English, French & Italian, German, History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Slavic, Sociology, Spanish & Portuguese, and the School of Architecture. Current undergraduate certificate students are pursuing majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Our current Graduate Affiliates and recent graduate alumni have been drawn from the PhD programs in Architecture, Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English, French & Italian, German, History, Philosophy, Politics, Slavic, and Spanish & Portuguese.
ECS celebrated its fortieth anniversary in May 2016 with a major conference, “Europe Without Borders: Reflections on Forty Years of European Cultural Studies at Princeton” that was generously funded by a major grant from the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project and co-sponsored by the Center for Collaborative History; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society; School of Architecture; Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts; Program in East European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies; and the Departments of Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English, French & Italian, German, Music, Slavic, Spanish & Portuguese. “Europe Without Borders” featured more than thirty ECS alumni as conference participants, including keynote speakers Debora Silverman and Michael Steinberg, along with former ECS Directors Robert Darnton, Jerrold Seigel, and Anthony Vidler.