Welcome & Bienvenue !

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.

  • Venez nombreux !
  • UW-Madison School of Education's Dean and Associate Dean with Co-Director Gilles Bousquet
  • Upcoming lecture: Vivian Curran at the French House 9/14
  • Aix-Marseille University Delegates and Co-Director Gilles Bousquet Collaborate with the Alumni Association
  • Aix-Marseille University Delegation Meets with the Head of the Nephrology Unit at UW-Madison
  • Aix-Marseille University President, Yvon Berland, Signs a Renewal Exchange Agreement with UW-Madison's Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Welcome to CIFS/Centre d'Excellence

Latest News

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.  

March 7, 2017
Read about language learning in the Department of French and Italian in this feature story which recently appeared in the Badger Herald.

February 15, 2017
The CIFS would like to congratulate French student and Wisconsin Idea Fellowship recipient Swetha Saseedhar for her work with a team of UW students examining poverty in Wisconsin.  For more information about Swetha and her work, check out this article by Mark Bennett of the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

February 3, 2017
The Professional French Masters Program welcomed professional translators to its master's skills workshops, read all about it in this article by the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI)!

January 11, 2017
The CIFS would like to recognize Lauren Goodspeed, a PhD student in the Second Language Aquisition program specializing in French, for being selected for a 2017 Campus-Wide TA Award for Innovation in Teaching.  Félicitations ! 

October 11, 2016
New Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco! Apply by January 27 for summer program. Check it out here!

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Outreach & Events

Living Room

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 16:30
Living Room, a talk by Warren Motte, College Professor of Distinction, University of Colorado-BoulderAbout the talk: The talk, in English, will discuss how space is imagined in works by Georges Perec and Edmond Jabès