François Provenzano obtained a degree in Romance languages and literatures from the University of Liège in 2003, then followed this up with a period of study at the University of Bologna and the following year gained a D.E.A in the same study field. From 2004 to 2008, under the supervision of Jean-Marie Klinkenberg, he was an FNRS research fellow and defended a doctorate thesis entitled The French speaking world and meta literature: two socio-discursive histories towards an epistemological critique. Since 2008 he has been a FNRS postdoctoral researcher. Along with other Liège and Brussels researchers he provides a spark for the COnTEXTES group and journal, which publishes work on the sociology of literature. He has published several articles of literary historiography and the French speaking world and is currently working on a socio-rhetorical research project on the discourse of literary theory and the magazine press. Together with Sarah Sindaco he has edited the book La fabrique du Français moyen : productions culturelles et imaginaire social dans la France gaullienne (1958-1981) [Bruxelles, Le Cri, 2009].