Columbia Department of French


The GSAS online application system will open this September for Fall 2022 admissions. If you are interested in applying and would like to speak with our faculty and students, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Madeleine Dobie

Thomas Dodman has just coedited, together with Anne Verjus and Caroline Muller, Epistolary Gestures, a special issue of French Historical Studies.

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.

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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.