Columbia Department of French


2020-21 recipients of Racial Justice Mini-Grants announced. We congratulate Kaitlyn MatrassiNoah Mintz, and Sophia Momembers of the Anti-Racist Language Pedagogy Working Group.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne participates in Night of Ideas, the 24-hour virtual marathon event featuring philosophical debate and artistic performances produced in 75 countries around the world. See teaser video here.

Watch Antoine Compagnon's final lesson at the College de France, "Quindecim annos, grande mortalis aevi spatium".

Thomas Dodman's work on nostalgia and with the journal Sensibilités is featured in a special series on "Les penseurs de l'intime" in Le Monde: his interview and the series introduction are available online.

In light of the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 emergency, the Department of French has decided not to admit students to the PhD program in French in 2021. Doctoral admissions will resume in 2022. We believe that this decision will enable us to focus at this challenging moment on the needs of our current students and to welcome new students in the best possible pedagogical circumstances.

If you are interested in applying in 2022 but would like to speak with our faculty and students this fall, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Madeleine Dobie.  Admissions to our MA program in French will proceed as usual in 2021.

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Recent Publications

book jacket: STOLEN SONG
STOLEN SONG: How the Troubadours Became French

Eliza Zingesser's Stolen Song documents the cultural appropriation of troubadour song as French, elaborating a new approach to questions of political and cultural identity.

book jacket: En quête d'Afrique(s) : Universalisme et pensée décoloniale
En quête d'Afrique(s) : Universalisme et pensée décoloniale

En quête d'Afrique(s), Souleymane Bachir Diagne & Jean-Loup Amselle. Anthony Mangeon (Préfacier); Albin Michel (Editeur). 

Open to Reason book jacket

Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s OPEN to REASON examines the long history of philosophy in the Islamic world and its relevance to crucial issues of our own time.

Une histoire de la guerre book jacket

Thomas Dodman's Une Histoire de la guerre, published with the Editions du Seuil, is a global history of war in all its facets from the nineteenth century to the present.