Antonin Ficatier

Antonin Ficatier

Department of Theology and Religion
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Theological Perspectives of Social Media Practices in the Digital Age.
SupervisorJeremy H. Kidwell and David Cheetham
PhD Theology and Religion

Qualifications

  • MA in Christian Education and Formation, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA, 2016                                     
  • BA in Theology, Institut Protestant de Théologie (IPT), Paris, France, 2014
  • MA in International Business, ESCE International Business School, Paris, France, 2011
  • BA in Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China, 2010                      

Biography

I was born and raised in France, where I started my career as an entrepreneur. In 2011, I founded a training center dedicated to teaching Mandarin Chinese in Paris.

I hold a BA in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, an MA in International Business from ESCE Paris, a BA (Hons) in Theology from the Institut Protestant de Théologie in Paris/University of Strasbourg (dual degree) and an MA in Christian Education and Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary.

I live with my wife Jess in Surrey, where I serve as Youth Minister in a Church of England. I speak and write on youth ministry, social innovation, and technology.

Research

The assumption and starting point of my work is that new communication practices through social media platforms are so engrained in our daily life that they ought to be analyzed with care. In the words of Albert Borgmann: “We want to approach technology where it has become part of our life in the most inconspicuous, but also the most inescapable fashion” (Borgmann, 1972). As a Christian ethicist, I believe social media practices ought to be analyzed through a theological lens. The question we need to ask is the following: what does Christian theology has to say to an ubiquitous virtual space that gives users a sense of “intimacy with millions”, as accurately and prophetically described by media theorists Joshua Meyrowitz (Meyrowitz, 1985)?

Other activities

Publications

  • 2020 Ficatier, Antonin. “Book Review of Kate Ott’s Christian Ethics for a Digital Age.” Journal of Studies in Christian Ethics (January 2020)