Columbia Department of French

Upcoming Events at the Maison Française


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.

Congratulations to Aubrey Gabel, winner of a Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant, for her project “Outliers: Contemporary French Writers Playing Politics”!

University College London welcomed hundreds of virtual attendees to the video journal launch event, "We Have Always Been Medieval" - Bruno Latour and the Premodern, on the special issue of the Romanic Review, Category Crossings: Bruno Latour and Medieval Modes of Existence.

CURRENT DEBATES: Black Lives Matter in a TransAtlantic Context
Since the horrifying murder of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis police force, protests have erupted across the world, not least in France, which has seen its own share of police violence against minoritized people, and which has its own deep history of slavery. Continued... 

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.