The Forum on Intercultural French Studies (Forum Interkulturelle Frankreichforschung, FIFF) consists of a research platform and a special library. The aim of this close cooperation between the University and the University Library is to network and support Mainz’s diverse French Studies.
DFG-funded Special Collection
Since 1991, interdisciplinary literature from the cultural and social sciences has been acquired, supported by funding from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). While the original focus of the collection was on the French regions, since the founding of the FIFF in 2013, French-speaking areas as well as the European context have been given greater consideration. The current broadening of the geographical perspective to include the major regions takes into account the new inter- and transcultural orientation of research in Mainz. In line with this new profile, DFG funding enables a retrospective addition to the existing collection.
The collection currently comprises about 90,000 books (with a current annual increase of 2,000 titles) as well as numerous journals. In addition to the specialist publications, mostly in print form, the FIFF strives to make more digital offerings available to French Studies specialists. A number of full-text databases with cultural and historical relevance were acquired this way, partly with the support of the DFG. Of course, more general works on France and the French-speaking world complete the spectrum.
Get an idea of the French Studies holdings in the Research Portal.