Graduate Student Activities

Graduate Students Association (GSA)

The Graduate Students Association in the Department of French and Francophone Studies is a self-constituted and self-managed organization of the graduate students under the auspices of the UCLA Graduate Students Association. It is responsible for identifying issues of interest to graduate students and for facilitating communication between graduate students and faculty in the Department. Elected representatives regularly take part in departmental meetings and serve on most departmental committees. The GSA also organizes the students’ own lectures and symposia. The Department is strongly supportive of student initiative and active participation in departmental affairs, such as faculty appointments, program revisions, and public lectures and colloquia.

President: Rebecca Glasberg

Co-Vice Presidents: Coralie Bollier and Katy Chaffee

Secretary: Connor Pruss

Treasurer: Elyse Brusher

Graduate Student Journal

Founded in 1983 by graduate students in the Department of French and Francophone Studies, Paroles Gelées is a journal entirely managed and edited by the graduate students in the department. The members of the Editorial Board are elected each year. The journal appears in the Fall and publishes essays by graduate students in the areas of French and Francophone literature and critical theory. It also includes book reviews, interviews with visiting scholars, and abstracts of doctoral dissertations and faculty publications. The journal welcomes submissions from students in other French and related departments nationally and internationally; all French graduate departments in the U.S. receive the journal.

Graduate students in the Department should be aware that other opportunities exist on the UCLA campus to publish research essays in student journals. In the words of the Graduate Student Association, ours is “one of the largest student journal programs in the U.S.” Of special interest to students in French are the Romance Linguistics & Literature Review (Romance Linguistics and Literature Program) and Comitatus (Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Both journals are managed and edited by graduate students.


Parenthèse is the department’s informal reading group led by the Graduate Student Association. Two or three times per quarter interested graduate students and Faculty select texts from the required reading lists for discussion and debate. Interested students should contact the department’s GSA representatives.

Humanities Graduate Student Writing Retreats

The UCLA Division of Humanities generously sponsors periodic writing retreats for current graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in fields related to the Humanities. These retreats are designed to give students a quiet space to work on term papers, articles, or dissertation chapters. Light refreshments are provided. Check the departmental events calendar for information on upcoming retreats. For questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Sara Melzer.

The Annual Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference

Since 1996, Graduate Students in the Department have organized an Annual Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference with the participation of professors and graduate students from universities across the country. French and Francophone Studies Graduate Students have the opportunity to participate in the organization of this annual event.

A list of upcoming and past conferences includes:

  • Que Sais-Je: Rethinking Learning and Knowledge, October 12-13 (2017: Leon Sachs, keynote speaker)
  • Fear, October 20-21 (2016: Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, keynote speaker)
  • L’empire Du Voyage: Travels of Mind, Body, SoulOctober 1-2 (2015: Madeleine Dobie, keynote speaker)
  • Touch, October 9-10 (2014: Carla Freccero, keynote speaker)
  • Representations of Remembrance, October 10-11 (2013: Richard Joe Golsan, keynote speaker)
  • Spectacle and Spectator – Ways of Seeing and Being Seen, October 11-12 (2012: Jean-Marie Apostolidès, keynote speaker)
  • Alone Together – Together Alone , October 6-7 (2011: Tom Conley, keynote speaker)
  • Subversion of Hi/story and Desire for Memory, October 21-22 (2010: Nicolas Weill, keynote speaker)
  • Ville marquée – Branded Cities, October 15-16 (2009: roundtable with Peter Bloom, Charles Tshimanga-Kashama, and Marja Warehime)
  • Nulle oeuvre n’est une île : Collaborative Practices in the French-Speaking World (2008: roundtable with Françoise Lionnet, Alain Mabanckou, Shu-Mei Shih, and Vera John-Steiner, led by Lia Brozgal)
  • Violence, Disaster and the Crisis of Representation (2007: Jean-Pierre Dupuy and Eric Gans keynote speakers)
  • L’Exception Française:  Negotiating Identity in the French National Imaginary (2006: Dudley Andrew and Tyler Stovall, keynote speakers)
  • Exil: mode(s) d’emploi—Experiencing Exile in Literature and the Arts (2005: Emmanuel Dongala & Christopher L. Miller, keynote speakers)
  • Pays rêvé, pays réel : Legacies of the 1804 Haitian Revolution (2004: Dany Laferrière and Joan Dayan, keynote speakers)
  • Caméra ou stylo? (2003: Alain Robbe-Grillet, keynote speaker)
  • Crime and Punishment (2002: Hélène Cixous, keynote speaker)
  • Spectrality and Haunting (2001: Peggy Kamuf, keynote speaker)
  • Murder, Massacre, Mayhem (2000: Sylvère Lotringer, keynote speaker)
  • Le Corps et L’Esprit in French Cultural Production (1999: Toril Moi, keynote speaker)
  • Sites of Memory: Limits and Possibilities of Writing “French” (1998: Eugen Weber and Jean-François Fourny, keynote speakers)
  • States of Identity: Tracing France’s Cultural Self-Consciousness (1997: Denis Hollier, keynote speaker)
  • Risk and Resolution: Literary Criticism at the End of the Millennium (1996: Ross Chambers, keynote speaker)