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Samuel Paty’s graduation thesis soon to be published – RT en français

This work, supported in 1995 by the teacher killed in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, focused on the symbolism of the color black in France since 1815. The University Press of Lyon have chosen to include it in their collection to pay tribute to it.

The Lyon University Press (PUL) decided to pay tribute to the teacher Samuel Paty, assassinated on October 16, 2020 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. The thesis of the professor of history and geography, defended in 1995, will be published by the publishing house on September 23, 2021, as reported by several online sales sites, such as Gibert and Decitre.

As part of his master’s degree at the end of his studies at Lumière Lyon 2 and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 universities, Samuel Paty wrote this work on the symbolism of the color black in French society from 1815 to 1995, and entitled Le Noir, société et symbolique, 1815-1995 – Research thesis of an apprentice historian.

The idea for this publication comes from Christophe Capuano, lecturer at Lyon 3 University and friend of Samuel Paty. The publishing house explains in the description of the work that the objective is “to make heard the voice of an apprentice historian endowed with a strong literary culture, of a reflection at the same time fine and daring, finally to ‘great sensitivity to images’.

Christophe Capuano, who had read the Letter to teachers by Jean Jaurès during the national tribute organized at La Sorbonne five days after the attack, also wrote the preface to this book with the professor of contemporary history Olivier Faure, also a teacher at Lyon III.



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