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
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.
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.
Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
Northeast Modern Language Association (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.
Medieval Academy of America
Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University
This group that operates the largest medieval conference in the world every year.
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.
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)
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.
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Large, interdisciplinary organization that hold a conference every year, and publishes a quarterly journal
This site has many useful links for eighteenth-century scholars
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
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.
Calls for papers in English and Comparative Literature
The International Association for Philosophy and Literature
Society for the study of narrative literature