Upcoming Events at the Maison Française


On March 25th, The Royal Academy of Belgium elected Souleymane Bachir Diagne as an Associate member of its Class for Letters and Moral and Political Sciences. The official induction ceremony will take place on October 5, 2019 in Brussels at the Palais des Académies.

Shanny Peer, the Director of Columbia University’s Maison Française, has been made a member of the French Legion d'honneur. This award will be presented in September at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City.

Look for Eliza Zingesser’s book publication, Stolen Song: How the Troubadours Became French, forthcoming with Cornell University Press.

Priscilla Parkhust Ferguson passed away on December 31, 2018. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College (1962), she received her PhD in French from Columbia in 1967. She taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1979 to 1989 and joined the Columbia faculty in 1989. She was professor of French and sociology from 1989 to 1997, and professor of sociology from 1998 until her retirement. She was the author of several books including  Literary France: The Making of a Culture (1984), Paris as Revolution: Reading the 19th-century City (1994), Accounting for Taste: The triumph of French cuisine (2004), and Word of Mouth (2014).

On November 3, 2018, Emmanuelle Saada delivered the Edgar L. Newman Memorial Lecture at the Western Society for French History in Portland, Maine. She gave a talk entitled: “Without Distinction of … Sex. The Constitutional Politics of Race and Sex in Contemporary France.”

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Recent Publications

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. 

What Nostalgia Was book jacket

Thomas Dodman's, What Nostalgia Was, tells the story of how people used to die of nostalgia, or a severe form of homesickness, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.