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Centers of Excellence

The Ohio State University


Director: Benjamin Hoffmann

Administrative Assistant: Sonya Afanasyeva


The Center is administered by the Department of French and Italian, located within the College of Arts and Sciences. It primarily involves FRIT faculty members while fostering long-standing ties with other campus departments, such as the Department of African American and African Studies, the Department of Classics, the  Department of Comparative Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Members of the FRIT community (Faculty, Associated Faculty, Affiliated Faculty in French and Francophone Studies, Undergraduate and Graduate Students) are invited to contribute project proposals aligned with the Center’s goals and main Research themes. For more information, please visit our website.


The Center of Excellence aims to promote French and Francophone Literature and Culture in the Midwest. Currently, its main goal consists in fostering a writing residency for French-speaking authors named “The Jules Verne Writing Residency at The Ohio State University.” Writers selected for the residency will spend a period of one to four weeks in Columbus, during which they will work on a literary project while contributing to classes at Ohio State and giving lectures to the OSU and Columbus communities.

In addition, the Center of Excellence invites ambitious project proposals relating to France and the Francophone World. We are especially interested in projects about contemporary French and Francophone Literature and welcome discussions with authors of recent literary works. We also encourage projects focused on student enrolment in French studies and study abroad in France; as well as interdisciplinary projects on the dissemination of French/Francophone scholarship in the United States. Finally, we welcome the creation of joint research endeavors between The Ohio State University and French Academic institutions.  


  • Comparative Literature and History
  • Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
  • Dance Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History of Art
  • History of Fashion
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Québec Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



200 Hagerty Hall

1775 College Road

Columbus, OH 43210


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