Yves Hivert-Messeca, honorary professor, doctor of history, researcher in social sciences & essayist and is the author of twelve books and one hundred and fifty articles about French Protestantism, symbolism, secularism, democratic sociability and Freemasonry as social and cultural fact.
Among his publications : l’Europe sous l’acacia (Paris, Dervy, 4 volumes, 2012-2018), Femmes et franc-maçonnerie (Paris, Dervy, 2015, 2nd edition, revised and augmented), Hiram et Bellone. Les francs-maçons durant la Grande Guerre (Paris, Dervy, 2016) & Les francs-maçons d’Afrique et d’Asie (Toulouse, Cépaduès, 2018). These works have been awarded various prizes, among others the Bartholdi Award for Distinguished Scholarship 2015, at the 1st World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History (Paris, BNF, May 2015) & the Prix spécial du 14e festival du livre maçonnique de Paris (Autumn 2016).
Axes of Research:
- History, sociology, anthropology and politics of Freemasonry as social and cultural fact.
- History of political ideas and democratic sociability including civil religion and secularism.
- Approaches to initiatory fact, rites of passage, symbolic imagery and legitimating myths.