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The Department of French and Romance Philology

Welcome to the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University. Since its founding in 1890, the Department has been a thriving point of contact for scholars from around the world. Comprising distinguished professors with a broad range of specializations related to French and Francophone literature and culture, and consistently attracting some of the top graduate students from around the globe, the Department continues to uphold its tradition of dedication to teaching and cutting-edge research.

Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Department Chair
Dr. Pascale Hubert-Leibler
Director of Graduate Student Teaching
Professor Pierre Force
Director of Graduate Studies
Isabelle Chagnon
Dir. Academic Administration and Finance
Professor Emmanuelle Saada
Director of Undergraduate Studies
 

September 2016 brings the publication of Philosopher en islam et en christianisme (Les éditions du cerf), Philippe Capelle-Dumon and Souleymane Bachir Diagne, with Damien Le Guay.

Professor Eliza Zingesser having won The Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship, awarded by the Provost of Columbia University, will spend six weeks in residency at the American Academy in Rome beginning May 2017.

In addition, she has been awarded the Mellon Course Development Grant from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality for her course Reading and Writing the Body in the Francophone Middle Ages being taught fall 2016.

Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s L’encre des savants: réflexions sur la philosophie en Afrique has been translated into English by Jonathan Adjemian and published by CODESRIA. In conjunction, Professor Diagne presented the seminar of this translated work The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa at The Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University in August 2016.

We are thrilled to announce the publication of the original English version of Phil Watts' book, Roland Barthes' Cinema, which includes nine translated texts written by Barthes about cinema, as well as an exclusive interview with Jacques Rancière.
 
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