Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies

Supported by a generous bequest from the late Mrs. Ada Belle Winthrop-King, Florida State University's Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies is a center for interdisciplinary scholarship on France and the French-speaking world. Through its programs of distinguished guest speakers, visiting professors and conferences, together with undergraduate and graduate awards, the Institute offers outstanding opportunities for students, scholars and researchers who share the passion of Mrs. Winthrop-King for France, its civilization and language, and the wider French-speaking world. 

The Institute’s interests have a contemporary focus. Our events, invited speakers and publications, shed light on the on literary, social, political events that shape the francophone world. The Institute plays a leading role in bringing French and Francophone scholars together for academic exchanges and to provide a learning platform for students. 

                     The Winthrop-King Institute Main Areas of Activity 

  • Organizing conferences on French and Francophone studies 
  • Publishing journals and books that draw on work presented at our conferences 
  • Offering scholarships to undergraduate students in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics for study abroad programs 
  • Offering travel awards to graduate students in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics to support both conference and research travel 
  • Providing teaching enhancements to qualified Graduate Teaching Assistants in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics 
  • Funded by a generous bequest from the late Mrs. Ada Belle Winthrop-King, Florida State University's Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies is a center for interdisciplinary scholarship on France and the wider French-speaking world. 

The Winthrop-King institute is directed by Dr. Marin Munro, Eminent Scholar Chair and professor of French at the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. Dr. Munro built on the excellent foundations put in place by his predecessor, Dr. Alec G. Hargreaves. He continues to make new connections with other disciplines, within and beyond F.S.U to follow the growth and diversification of the Francophone field, so the Winthrop-King Institute continues to play a leading role in French and francophone studies locally, nationally, and internationally. 

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