My initial training is in formal sciences, especially mathematics, computer science, physics and chemistry, with a major in fundamental mathematics. I then turned to humanities with studies in theology followed by history and philology, including archaeology and linguistics. The encounter between formal and social sciences was fruitful and never ceased to sustain my research. I received a PhD at the Sorbonne, in Paris, where I specialized in epigraphy and papyrology. I worked as a researcher at the Collège de France until I was tenured Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg. I also obtained a degree called Habilitation, which enables me to supervise PhD students and researchers.
I am sometimes asked to provide my main official titles. Here they are:
Prof. Dr. habil. Michael Langlois holds a PhD and Habilitation in Historical and Philological Sciences from the Sorbonne. He teaches as tenured Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg. He was awarded fellowships by the University Institute of France, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the French Research Center in Jerusalem, and the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. He is also associated with the French National Center for Scientific Research and the Collège de France and is an Auxiliary of the French Academy of Inscriptions and Fine Letters.
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My mission: to produce and impart knowledge on the Bible and History. Research projects, publications, courses, media and conferences for the general public are all means to achieve this purpose. My scientific activities thus revolve around several axes: