Nils Renard is a PhD candidate at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, within the IHMC (Institut d’Histoire moderne et contemporaine). His research centres on the anthropological thinking of Henri Grégoire (1750 – 1831) and of the French constitutional clergy during the Revolution and the Empire. The central question is to understand how the environment was perceived as the central element of the religious anthropology which developed as an answer to political and religious crisis in France at the time.
Before the start of his PhD, Nils graduated both at the University Paris 1 and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure – PSL University. In the course of his studies, he also taught French abroad, at Oxford University and at the ELTE Eötvös Collegium in Budapest, before passing the Agrégation in History. His interest in Literature led him to organize a seminar on Tolkien with the joint publication of a book in 2019.