Jean-Noël Jeanneney

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Jean-Noël Jeanneney, 2014.

Jean-Noël Jeanneney is a French historian and politician, born on 2 April 1942 in Grenoble. He is the son of Jean-Marcel Jeanneney and the grandson of Jules Jeanneney, both important figures in French politics.

Education[edit]

After his secondary schooling in Grenoble, Jeanneney studied in Paris. Beginning at the rue d'Ulm campus of the École Normale Supérieure, he later studied at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (IEP) (lit. "Paris Institute of Political Studies"). He earned his doctorate in letters and passed his agrégation (a competitive examination) in history.

Media studies[edit]

Jeanneney specialized in media history, an area which he helped pioneer. He took interest in the evolution of print media (newspapers and periodicals), of radio, and of television. He taught at the University of Paris X: Nanterre until 1977. He was also named maître de conférences, and then, in 1979, professeur des universités at the IEP. It was there that he oversaw research on the history of the press.

Involvement in radio and television[edit]

Jeanneney subsequently changed his focus, from external study to actual participation in mass media. Specifically, he was president and general manager of Radio France from 1982 to 1986 and afterwards worked in television, in particular for a history channel on cable television.

Political career[edit]

In politics, Jeanneney is close to the Socialist Party.

He has been co-president of the think tank Europartenaires along with Élisabeth Guigou since 1998.

President of the National Library of France[edit]

From 2002 to 2007, Jeanneney has been president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. In this capacity, he has been noted for his opposition to Google Book Search. [1] Since making his objections known, he has been looking to develop a European digitization program to be run by governmental authorities.

Published works[edit]

Jean-Noël Jeanneney has published works on media history, other works of history, and essays on various subjects. He has written prefaces for several works, which are not included on the list.

  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, François de Wendel en république : l'argent et le pouvoir (1914-1940) [thesis], Seuil, Paris, 1976. ISBN 2-02-004410-2.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, L'Argent caché : milieux d'affaires et pouvoirs politiques dans la France du XXe siècle, Fayard, Paris, 1981. ISBN 2-213-00947-3.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Échec à Panurge : l'audiovisuel public au service de la différence, Seuil, Paris, 1986. ISBN 2-02-009238-7.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Une histoire des médias, des origines à nos jours, Points, Paris, 1990 (republished 4 times). ISBN 2-02-052887-8
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, L'Avenir vient de loin, Seuil, Paris, 1994. ISBN 2-02-022648-0.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, with Agnès Chauveau, L'Écho du siècle : dictionnaire de la radio et de la télévision, Hachette, Arte, La Cinquième, Paris, 1999. ISBN 2-01-235276-6.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Le duel : une passion française (1789-1914), Seuil, Paris, 2004. ISBN 2-02-065383-4.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Clemenceau : portrait d'un homme libre, Mengès, Paris, 2005. ISBN 2-85620-455-4.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Quand Google défie l'Europe : plaidoyer pour un sursaut, Mille et une Nuits, Paris, 2005. ISBN 2-84205-912-3.
  • Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge : a view from Europe , translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, 2007. ISBN 0-226-39577-4.

Articles[edit]

  • Quand le sacrilège était puni de mort en France (When Sacrilege Was Punished By Death In France), in L'Histoire, June 2006, pp. 68–72 (French) (on the 1825 Anti-Sacrilege Act)

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Preceded by
Pierre-Jean Rémy
Président de la Bibliothèque nationale de France
2002–present
Incumbent