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Welcome to the Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World / Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone (CEFMF)

CEFMF is home to the interdisciplinary study of France and the francophone world at the University of Toronto.  Committed to thinking about French and francophone studies in global context and from a range of critical perspectives, the Centre fosters scholarly conversation between specialists of metropolitan France, French colonial history, and the pasts and presents of francophone places and peoples around the world. Equally engaged with research in the humanities and the social sciences, the Centre’s affiliated faculty and invited scholars count anthropologists, art historians, historians, literary scholars, political scientists and sociologists. They investigate France’s multisecular past, its plural cultural legacies, and its place in Europe and the world today; they likewise consider francophonie’s global reach yesterday and today, from Africa to the Caribbean, and the Pacific to Canada.

Logo for the "French Embassy in Canada" - a woman's head with flowing hair superimposed on the French colours of blue and redEstablished in 2007 as part of a French Ministry of Foreign Affairs‘ initiative to create centres of excellence in French studies in Canadian universities, in 2014 CEFMF was the first of its kind to be awarded the French Embassy in Canada’s Saint-Simon Initiative distinction for the breadth and quality of its programming.

Today, CEFMF is one of the programs that make up the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and is affiliated with Victoria College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Toronto.  The Centre also enjoys the ongoing support of the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Departments of French and History.

CEFMF pilots a wide range of programs bringing together scholars and students within the University’s three campuses, across Canada, and from around the world.  The Centre supports pathbreaking interdisciplinary research into various aspects of the francophone world, encourages its study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, fosters international exchange and lasting research collaborations, and engages in outreach towards the broader community in the greater Toronto area.  Its activities include public lecture series, conferences and roundtables, film series, and research grants to graduate students.

The Centre builds upon and carries forward the University of Toronto’s distinguished tradition of teaching and scholarship in French studies.  Home to a broad range of faculty and researchers working on France and the francophone world across a number of disciplines, to rich library and archival collections in French studies, and to the largest Department of French in Canada, as well as an active participant in faculty and student exchange programs with peer institutions in France, the University of Toronto has long been a centre for excellence in French studies.


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