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Sébastien Fath’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroFrench historian
A.K.A.Sebastien Fath
Is Historian 
Writer 
Sociologist 
From France 
South Africa 
Type Literature 
Social science 
Gendermale
Birth Strasbourg

Sébastien Fath (born 1968 in Strasbourg) is a French professional historian and a Ph.D at the Sorbonne University. Also trained in Sociology, he is the main French specialist in the study of Evangelical Protestantism. Author of sixteen books, he is a permanent researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is a full member of the GSRL (Groupe Sociétés Religions Laïcités), a research team working on religion and secularism. As a social scientist and a citizen, cross-cultural reflexion on Civil Society, Politics and Religion is his focus.
He is working in a twofold direction since 2009. First, relationships between evangelicalism, immigration, interculturality and urban space. This includes studying the cultural reshaping of congregations in Paris through the impact of immigration, the new types of Gospel music produced between Africa and Europe, and the new Protestant landscape as it is impacted by demographic changes. The second direction is Geopolitics and Evangelicalism. Three topics in particular are studied:
-Sub-saharian Africa as a contact-zone between Evangelicalism and Islam,
-Protestant Francophony (French speaking Protestant networks)
-Religion & society in South Sudan.

Experience (since 1998)

  • 1998: Doctoral Thesis (Ph.D) in « History of religions and belief-systems » (EPHE, Sorbonne), directed by Prof. Jean-Paul Willaime. Title: Resident Aliens ? Sociology and History of Baptist implantation, 1810-1950. Another Way of Being a Christian in France.
  • 1999: Enters the CNRS at the CR2 level (admission rank : 4th, 38th section), statutory member of the GSRL research team
  • 2004-05: Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH, University of Edinburgh), SCOTLAND. Teaches Honour Courses in Professor James McMillan’s seminar ( School of History and Classics)
  • 2002-05: In charge of a GSRL research program on “Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism”
  • 2006-09: In charge of a GSRL research program on « Religion and religious minorities in ultramodernity »
  • 2010-13: In charge (along with Martine Cohen) of a GSRL research program on religious and secular mutations in the Parisian area
  • 2014-18: In charge (along with Martine Cohen) of the same GSRL research program on religious and secular mutations in the Parisian area