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The Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies is committed to the advancement of French Studies across disciplines at UW-Madison and throughout the world. 

Since 2000, the CIFS has worked to facilitate diverse collaborations, the development of new teaching programs, research partnerships with francophone institutions, student exchanges, guest visits, and outreach activities to foster collaboration between individuals interested in French Studies.  

Here you will find ways to explore and connect with francophone happenings on campus and around the globe.

  • Upcoming event: Kim Thuy
  • Author Craig Carlson will be joining us in April 2018!
  • French Science Attaché from the French Consulate in Chicago Marc Rousset discusses Potentials in BioFuels with Mary Blanchard with the Wisconsin Energy Institute
  • Join us in the Chazen, room L140
  • Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies
  • CIFS Members and UW-Faculty meet with Chicago's new French Consul

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Latest News

November 6, 2017
Along with partners in the UW-Madison Anthropology Department, the UW-Madison African Cultural Studies Department and the African Studies Program, our center recently co-sponsored a lecture by CUNY Anthropologist Gary Wilder. Professor Wilder shared information about his latest research on WEB DuBois, and on an upcoming project that ties together his interests in 20th century intellectual currents linking the US, France and the African continent.  Check out some of his recent work at SmallAxe here.

October 13, 2017
Members of the CIFS and of our partners in the UW-Madison Department of French and Italian and across campus were honored to meet with the new French Consul General, Guillaume Lacroix.  Monsieur Lacroix joined us for lunch, and made a stop at the French House during his visit to Madison.  We look forward to continuing and expanding our work with the French Consulate of Chicago! For more information about M. Lacroix, check out the French Consulate's website.

September 14, 2017
The CIFS, along with the UW-Madison Law School, had the great pleasure of hosting University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Law Professor Vivian Curran for a talk on the transnationalization of law at the French House. If you are interested in learning more about Professor Curran's project, visit the French House website for a description of her project in both French and in English.

August 8, 2017
The CIFS was thrilled to welcome 9 scientists from Aix-Marseille Université to the UW-Madison campus in early August as part of the 2017 Bacteria & Phages Conference held at the Memorial Union.  

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Outreach & Events

Public Talk by 'Pancakes in Paris' Author Craig Carlson

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 2:00pm

American author and restaurateur Craig Carlson will give a talk on his best selling book Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France which tells the story of 'Breakfast in America', the popular American-style diner he opened in Paris in 2003. Free and open to the public. 

The Future of the Humanities in Posthuman Times

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:30am

Featuring Hilldale Lecturer Yves Citton, Sara Guyer, Frédéric Neyrat and Ullrich Langer. Panel Discussion including lunch.

Please e-mail RSVP@humanities.wisc.edu by April 15 to reserve a seat.