Rémi Mathis

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Rémi Mathis
2017 Rémi Mathis 01.jpg
Rémi Mathis, 2017
Born (1982-11-20) 20 November 1982 (age 38)
EmployerBibliothèque nationale de France
AwardsWikipedian of the Year (2013)

Rémi Mathis (born 20 November 1982) is a French historian and curator.

Early life[edit]

Son of the paleontologist Christian Mathis,[1] Rémi Mathis graduated from the École Nationale des Chartes in 2007. The following year he obtained his degree from the National School of Information Science and Libraries.[citation needed]

In 2010, he married Marie-Alice Mathis, a neuroscientist.[1]


Mathis in 2010

Mathis was in charge of the library of humanities and social science at the Paris Descartes University from 2008 to 2010. Since 2010, he has been a curator for 17th century collections at the Department of Prints and Photographs of the National Library of France. He is the editor of the French academic journal on printmaking Nouvelles de l'estampe.[2] He is a member of the National Committee for French Engraving (French: Comité national de l'estampe).[3]

Mathis' research focuses on the 17th century, specifically history of prints and books, Jansenism and diplomatic history. His dissertation, written under the supervision of Lucien Bély and Olivier Poncet, focuses on Simon Arnauld de Pomponne.[4] In 2012, he wrote a book about Pomponne and Robert Arnauld d'Andilly.[5] He has contributed to Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature.[6] and curated an exhibition on French prints of the 17th c. (Getty-BnF, 2015–2016).

He was made a knight in the order of Arts and Letters and in the Order of Academic Palmes.

Free culture advocacy[edit]

Mathis is active in promoting the legalization of freedom of panorama in France.[7] He also advocates against the privatization of the digitization of public-domain works.[8] His work in the culture sector and free culture movement has earned him the nickname "Janus de la transmission," by Le Magazine littéraire.[9]

He was a member and chairperson of Wikimedia France,[2] and served as president from April 2011 to October 2014.[10] In April 2013, the French interior intelligence agency Direction centrale du renseignement intérieur (DCRI) pressured Mathis into deleting the French language Wikipedia article about the Military radio station of Pierre-sur-Haute, under threat of detention and criminal charges.[11][12] Later, the article was restored by another Wikipedia contributor based in Switzerland.[13][14]

He was named Wikipedian of the Year by Jimmy Wales at Wikimania 2013.[15]

See also[edit]


  • De la négociation à la relation d'ambassade : Simon Arnauld de Pomponne et sa deuxième ambassade de Suède (1671), Revue d'histoire diplomatique, 2005, 3, p. 263–276
  • Simon Arnauld de Pomponne, secrétaire d'État des Affaires étrangères de Louis XIV (1618–1699), thesis. O. Poncet and L. Bely, 2007, 2 vols. (Vol. 1, text, 691 p., Vol. 2, vouchers, 621 p.)
  • Un Arnauld à l'hôtel de Rambouillet : note sur un poème inconnu d'Henri Arnauld, évêque janséniste d'Angers. 17th century 2008, 4, p. 725–730.
  • Les « mondes à part » : représentations symboliques et critiques de la mise à l'écart au XVIIe siècle. Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 73, 2010 (with G. Louis and F. Poulet).
  • Les bibliographies nationales rétrospectives. Entre recherche d’identité et identité de la recherche. Saarbrücken: European University Publishing, 2010, 120 p. ISBN 9786131510113.
  • Politique, jansénisme et sociabilité dans le Comminges du Grand Siècle : l'amitié entre Gilbert de Choiseul, évêque de Comminges, et Simon Arnauld de Pomponne, 1659–1662. 2011.
  • Le Solitaire et le Ministre : autour de la correspondance Arnauld d'Andilly-Arnauld de Pomponne (1642–1673), Paris, Nolin, 2012 (coll. Univers Port-Royal, 21), 272 p. ISBN 9782910487409.
  • Ruine et survie de Port-Royal (1679–1713). Proceedings of the conference convened by Hermann Sylvio De Franceschi and Rémi Mathis. Paris, Society of Friends of Port-Royal, 2012.


  1. ^ a b "Rémi Mathis". whoswho.fr. 2017..
  2. ^ a b "Mathis, Rémi (1982–....)" (in French). BnF.
  3. ^ BNF, RA 2010 – Report Schedule 3 – Research, June 2011, ref. BnF-ADM-2011-042266-01
  4. ^ School Library charters, 2007, No. 2, p. 701
  5. ^ The Solitaire Minister: around the Arnauld correspondence Andilly Pomponne-Arnauld (1642–1673), foreword by Olivier Poncet, Paris: Nolin (coll. "Universe Port Royal", 21), 2012, ( ISBN 9782910487409 )
  6. ^ The "Worlds Apart": critical and symbolic representations of sidelining the xviith century, dir. R. Mathis, G. Louis, F. Chicken, Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, 38, 73, 2010.
  7. ^ Mathis, Rémi (27 September 2011) Rendre aux Français leur paysage architectural. Lemonde.fr. Retrieved on 9 April 2013.
  8. ^ Rovere, Maxime Rémi Mathis – Le Président de Wikimédia France est un passeur de savoirs. madfor, p. 17
  9. ^ Transmission, Wikipédia et estampes… Interview au Magazine littéraire « À la Toison d’or. Alatoisondor.wordpress.com, 2 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Retour sur l'assemblée générale des 10 ans de Wikimédia France". Autour de Wikipédia et des projets Wikimedia (in French). Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  11. ^ Willsher, Kim (7 April 2013). "French secret service accused of censorship over Wikipedia page". Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  12. ^ Kleinz, Torsten (6 April 2013). "Französischer Geheimdienst verlangt Löschung eines Wikipedia-Artikels". Heise Online (in German). Heise. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  13. ^ "French homeland intelligence threatens a volunteer sysop to delete a Wikipedia Article" (Press release). Wikimédia France. 6 April 2013. Archived from the original on 17 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  14. ^ La DCRI accusée d'avoir illégalement forcé la suppression d'un article de WikipédiaLe Monde, 6 April 2013 (in French)
  15. ^ "Congratulations to @RemiMathis, honored by @jimmy_wales as Wikipedian of the Year at #Wikimania". Wikimedia. Twitter. Retrieved 16 December 2013.

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