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.
Established 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 & Public Policy, 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 that bring together scholars and students and supports pathbreaking interdisciplinary research into various aspects of the francophone world. We encourage its study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, foster international exchange and research collaborations, and engage in outreach towards the broader community in the greater Toronto area.
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.