Frédéric Martel

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Frédéric Martel
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Born Frédéric C. Martel
(1967-10-28) 28 October 1967 (age 46)
Châteaurenard, France
Occupation Writer and journalist
Nationality French
Notable work(s) The Pink and the Black, De la Culture en Amérique, Mainstream

Frédéric Martel (born 28 October 1967) is a French writer, researcher and journalist. Born in Châteaurenard (near Avignon), his most famous pieces of work are The Pink and the Black, Homosexuals in France since 1968 (trans. into English at Stanford University Press), Mainstream and De la culture en Amérique, a book about cultural policies and industries in the United States, which was featured on the cover of the New York Times art section in 2006. NYT's journalist Alan Riding wrote : "In Culture in America, a 622-page tome weighty with information, Martel challenges the conventional view in France that (French) culture financed and organized by the government is entirely good and that (American) culture shaped by market forces is necessarily bad".[1]


Frédéric Martel holds a PhD in sociology and several graduate degrees in philosophy, political science and law. After being project manager for the French Embassy in Romania (1990–1992) and the French ministry of culture (1992); and being the cultural policy advisor to the former Prime Minister Michel Rocard (1993–1994), he served the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, deputy-Prime minister Martine Aubry, as one of her senior advisors (1997–2000). From 2001 to 2005 he was cultural attaché for the French embassy in the US. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and New York University (2004–2006). He wrote, or currently writes, for numerous publications (including Magazine Littéraire, L'Express, Dissent, The Nation, and Haaretz)[2] and produces its own radio show, Soft Power, a weekly talk show on the entertainment and the medias for the French national public radio station France Culture. He is also editor in chief of the Internet based cultural magazine

In addition to that, he have had high-level academic activities by giving conferences in major American universities (such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Berkeley and the MIT) and by teaching, from 2005 to 2010, at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (also known as Sciences Po Paris) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (also known as HEC Paris). In 2008–2010 he was a researcher for the French Foreign Affairs' Analysis and Forecasting Centre and he founded the research web site of the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel concerning creative industries and medias around the world.

Since 2012, he is senior researcher at IRIS, Institut de Relations Internationales & Stratégiques.

Books and TV documentaries[edit]

Frédéric Martel is the author of eight books:

  • Philosophie du droit et philosophie politique d'Adolphe Thiers, LGDJ, 1995 (His thesis in public law published as a book at LGDJ Press)
  • The Pink and the Black, Homosexuals in France since 1968, Le Seuil, 1996 ; trans. into English in the US by Jane Marie Todd at Stanford University Press, 1999, ISBN 0-8047-3274-4
  • La longue marche des gays, Gallimard, 2002.
  • Theater, Sur le déclin du théâtre en Amérique et comment il peut résister en France, La Découverte, 2006.
  • De la culture en Amérique (Culture in America), Gallimard, 2006 (2007 France-Amériques prize; translated in Japanese and in Polish).
  • Mainstream, Enquête sur la guerre globale de la culture et des médias (On Global War on Culture), publisher: Flammarion, March 2010 (trans. in a dozen languages & countries : Germany, Japan, China, Spain, Poland, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Italy...).[3][4]
  • J'aime pas le sarkozysme culturel (Against Sarkozy's Culture), Flammarion, 2012.
  • Global Gay, How gay culture is changing the world, Flammarion, 2012 (To be translated in spanish, italian, portuguese etc.)

Yves Jeuland's movie, Bleu, Blanc, Rose was based on Frédéric Martel's The Pink and the Black (broad. on France 3, National Public Television) and Frédéric Martel has also codirected the documentary De la culture en Amérique with Frédéric Laffont (broad. on Arte, French-German TV network).


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