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06.11.2012

WHO IS … Régis Debray ?

Régis Debray is a French writer and philosopher. After studies at the Ecole Normale Supériure of Ulm and an agrégation of philosophy, Régis Debray followed Che Guevata in Latin America. Captured in 1967, he was condemned to 30 years of imprisonment. Back in France, he was project manager for the International Relations for the President of the French Republic François Mitterrand from 1981 to 1985. He was then appointed General Secretary of the South Pacific Council, and senior civil servant at the French Council of State where it resigned from in 1982 to become cultural Head of the French Pavilion on the occasion of the universal exhibition of Seville. He wrote a doctorate thesis at the University Paris I, untitled “Life and Death of the image. A history of the look in the West.” In 1996, he founded the Cahiers de Médiologie, and presided the scientific board of the Ecole nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques. In 2005, he founded the magazine Medium, transmettre pour innover (Medium, passing on to innovate) and became president of honor of the European Institute of the sciences of religion. Since 2011, Régis Debray has been a member of the Goncourt Academy. He wrote a libretto (Benjamin dernière nuit), commissioned by the Opera of Lyon. Last books, Jeunesse du sacré and Eloge des frontières, Galimard Editions.