Frédéric Martel

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Frédéric Martel
Frédéric Martel, in 2014
Frédéric Martel, in 2014
BornFrédéric C. Martel
(1967-10-28) 28 October 1967 (age 52)
OccupationWriter and journalist
Notable worksThe Pink and the Black, De la Culture en Amérique, Mainstream

Frédéric Martel (born 28 October 1967) is a French writer, researcher and journalist. His most famous pieces of work are The Pink and the Black, Homosexuals in France since 1968 (1996 - trans. into English at Stanford University Press), Mainstream (on global culture - 2010), "Smart" (on the "internets" - 2014) 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 social sciences 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 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 political 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 Slate)[2] and produces its own radio show, "Soft Power", a weekly live talk show on the entertainment, the medias and "the internets" for the French national public radio station France Culture. He is also editor in chief of the Internet-based cultural magazine and a columnist at Slate.

Additionally, he has had high-level academic activities by giving conferences in major American universities (such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Berkeley and the MIT), universities in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India, Egypt (and dozens others countries) and by teaching, from 2005 to 2014, 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.

From 2012 to 2013, he was a senior researcher at IRIS, Institut de Relations Internationales & Stratégiques. Since 2014, he is a senior researcher on culture and the internet at ZHdK University in Zurich (Swithzerland).

Books and TV documentaries[edit]

Frédéric Martel is the author of nine 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, coll. “Découvertes Gallimard” (n° 417), série Culture et société, Éditions 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; trans. into in Japanese and in Polish)
  • Mainstream, Enquête sur la guerre globale de la culture et des médias (On Global War on Culture), Flammarion, 2010 (trans. into a dozen languages & countries: Germany, Japan, China, Spain, Poland, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Italy etc.)[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 (trans. into Spanish and Italian; adapted as a TV documentary Global Gay, an award winning film that received the "Grand Prix" by the World Organization Against Torture, OMCT, in Geneva, 2014)
  • Smart, On the internets, Stock, 2014 (the book is about to be translated in 8 languages and 15 countries)
  • In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, Bloomsbury, 2019, ISBN 9781472966148

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) and Global Gay with Rémi Lainé (2014).


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