The Alfred Grosser Chair
Founded in 1993, the Alfred Grosser Chair reserves a special place for visiting German professors and researchers at Sciences Po. Through the Chair, Sciences Po encourages and strengthens academic exchanges between France and Germany and facilitates the development of joint projects. In doing so, the Chair perpetuates a tradition instituted by Alfred Grosser through his lectures on German current events, with the aim of encouraging a better understanding between the two countries.
Grosser arrived in France with his family in 1933, having fled Nazi Germany. He studied in France, completing his agrégation in German. He began teaching at Sciences Po, first as a professor, then emeritus professor. From 1955 onwards he focused his research on political science and was a senior researcher from 1956 to 1992. He was a political columnist at Le Monde from 1965 to 1994, and later at La Croix and Ouest-France. His research and teaching greatly contributed to Franco-German reconciliation and cooperation.
Terms of the visiting Chair
With the support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung Foundation, Sciences Po hosts two professors from German universities each year to teach political science, economics, sociology, contemporary history or law, based on a comparative disciplinary approach and perspective on Germany, Franco-German relations, and Germany in Europe and the world. One of the visiting professors works at the Paris campus, the other at the Nancy campus.