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Online Resources for Graduate Students

While there are numerous sites offering links to language and teaching resources, life in the Big Apple or other topics that concern the graduate student community, we could not find a site that provided listings to professional societies. Therefore this page focuses on filling that gap. If you have any link suggestions, please email the .

Columbia Essentials

Before getting to the professional societies page, here are a few essential links to the various online resources provided to graduate students by Columbia University.

Professional Societies

A list of professional societies arranged by century can be found below. Most of the sites contain instructions on how to join, or how to be informed about upcoming conferences and calls for papers. It is a good idea for graduate students to start getting involved with professional societies and submitting proposals for conference papers once they have reached the Orals stage.

We have also included sites containing general information about scholarly activities in the field of French literature and will continue to expand the page with links that may be of use to graduate students.

General Information

Modern Language Association of America (MLA)

Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
The NEMLA is a scholarly organization for professionals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other modern languages

American Association of Teachers of French

Fabula: Ce site est le portail de la communauté des chercheurs en littérature.

Middle Ages

Medieval Academy of America

Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University
This group that operates the largest medieval conference in the world every year.

Sixteenth Century

Renaissance Society of America
Since 1954, the Renaissance Society of America has been the leading organization in the Americas for the interdisciplinary study of the period 1300-1650 in Western history. The RSA brings together members from many backgrounds who are interested in a wide variety of disciplines related to this period.

Seventeenth Century

A wealth of information about the French seventeenth century. Site managed by Roger Duchêne, professor emeritus at Université de Provence

Francis Assaf's Personal Page
Homepage of Professor Francis Assaf, of the University of Georgia. Has links to all professional organizations related to the seventeenth century, including SE-17 (Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies), CIR-17 (Centre International de Rencontres sur le 17e siècle), and NASSCFL (North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature)

FR-17 listserv.
This e-mail distribution list is used for general discussion about the seventeenth century. Most calls for papers are posted there as well. Anyone can become a subscriber by following the instructions from the link.

Eighteenth Century

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Email address:
Large, interdisciplinary organization that hold a conference every year, and publishes a quarterly journal

Useful Links
This site has many useful links for eighteenth-century scholars

Nineteenth Century

Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association
The NCFSA brings together scholars from North America, Europe, and other parts of the world to examine various aspects of nineteenth-century French literature and culture. Individuals interested in the literary, historical, political, artistic, social, and scientific manifestations of nineteenth-century French life are invited to participate in the annual colloquium sponsored by the association and organized by local hosts at various North American institutions of higher education.

Nineteenth Century Studies Association

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)

International Conference on Romanticism (ICR)

George Sand Association

Société des etudes staëliennes

Ressources sur le dix-neuvième siècle

Francophone Studies

The principal organization for francophonists is the Conseil International d'Études francophones (CIÉF), which organizes an annual convention and publishes the bi-annual review, Études francophones. CIÉF awards a prize for the best graduate student paper given at the CIÉF convention. This site gives information about membership and many useful links to sites, programs and listserves focused on the francophone world. It also includes session information and calls for papers for the annual convention.

Other Sites

Calls for papers in English and Comparative Literature

The International Association for Philosophy and Literature

Society for the study of narrative literature


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