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Protestantisms and culture (fr.)


Migrations of religious dissidents under Louis XIV:
exile and asylums of the Huguenots in Europe (fr.)

Portrait d’Hubert Bost, directeur d’études au Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes, LEM, UMR 8584, spécialiste du protestantisme à l’époque moderne

Member of LEM’s cluster 4, Institutions and religious doctrines (medieval and modern Europe and Mediterranean), Hubert Bost is Professor at the Ecole pratique des hautes études, where he holds the chair “Culture and Protestantism in modern Europe, 16th-18th c.”. Editor of the Revue d’histoire du protestantisme since 2016, he served as Dean of the Religion sciences department (2010-2013) and as President of the EPHE (2013-2018). Since 2018, Hubert Bost is Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies at the University PSL.

To see the curriculum vitae of Hubert Bost his Wikipedia page

Fields of research

- History of the Reformation and Protestantism during the early modern period.
-  Connections between Protestantism and culture, in relation to the structure between belief and thought.

Topics of research

- Hermeneutic questions: status and interpretation of biblical texts, and reading, writing and edition practices.
-  Philosophical questions: the role played by reason in the reflection on faith – the functions of doubt and criticism in religious discourse – the European spread of ideas – the role of the Huguenot Refuge.
-  Political questions: status of the churches in relation to the authorities – questions of civil tolerance and freedom of conscience during periods of persecution and clandestinity (“Churches of the Desert”).
-  The writings of Pierre Bayle (1647-1706).
-  The writings of La Beaumelle (1726-1773).

Current projects

- Life and thoughts of the philosopher Pierre Bayle (1647-1706).
-  Life and work of La Beaumelle (1726-1773).

Research seminar

Protestantism and culture in modern Europe (16th-18th centuries)
Every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Campus Condorcet, 20 avenue George Sand, 93210 Saint-Denis La Plaine

Selected books


Edition : with C. Lauriol et H. Angliviel de La Beaumelle, Correspondance générale de La Beaumelle (1726-1773), Voltaire Foundation, 2005-….
13 t. / 18 published. (Award Édouard Bonnefous of the Institut de France 2013).

Édition : with E. Labrousse, A. McKenna et al., Correspondance de Pierre Bayle , t. II à XI, Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, 2001-2014.

With Chrystel Bernat (dir.), Énoncer / Dénoncer l’autre. Discours et représentations du différend confessionnel à l’époque moderne, Turnhout, Brepols, 2012.

Edition : Pierre Bayle, Pensées diverses sur la comète, Paris, Garnier Flammarion, 2007.

Pierre Bayle historien, critique et moraliste, Turnhout, Brepols, 2006.

Pierre Bayle, Paris, Fayard, 2006.
This book received the Award of the Société d’études du XVIIe siècle 2007.

Ces Messieurs de la R.P.R. Histoires et écritures de huguenots, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2001.

Direction de revue

Revue d’histoire du protestantisme, Genève, Droz.

Honours and awards

Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour (avril 2017)

Prize of the Société d’études du XVIIe siècle (2007)

Prize Édouard Bonnefous of the Institut de France (2013)