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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.

  • Marc Rousset discusses BioFuels with Mary Blanchard of the Wisconsin Energy Institute
  • Author Craig Carlson will be speaking at 2pm on April 11, 2018 at the Madison Central Library!
  • Join us in the Chazen, room L140
  • Upcoming Lecture: Modernism Terminable and Interminable
  • Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies
  • View of Van Hise Hall on the UW-Madison Campus

Welcome to CIFS/Centre d'Excellence

Latest News

Mark your calendars, venez nombreux !
The CIFS is excited to have a number of events this semester connecting friends and colleagues across campus. We hope you will be able to join us!

April 2nd: Ezé Wendtoin, a musician from Burkina Faso, will be performing at 5:00 pm in the Humanities Building (Room 1351). He is an award-winning performer who uses his art to protest racism and xenophobia. Learn more here.

April 11th: Join us at 2:00pm at the Madison Central Library for an afternoon lecture with Craig Carlson, author of Pancakes in Paris. Learn more about the author and his work here.

April 12th: University of Pennsylvania Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Jean-Michel Rabaté, will be giving a public lecture on Modernism starting at 4:30 pm in Helen C White (Room 6191). For more information about this event, visit the event listing here.

April 13th: Help us celebrate the career of CIFS Co-Director Emeritus, Aliko Songolo, with the Department of African Cultural Studies. More information, including a full schedule, can be found here. 

April 19th: Join us for Yves Citton's talk: The Humanities as Arts of Attention in the Age of Computational Mediarchy. This lecture will take place at 4:00 pm in the Elvehjem (room L140) and is part of a larger event on the future of the humanities in posthuman times. Visit the Center for the Humanities website for more information on these events and many more. 

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Outreach & Events

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