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CALAFAT Guillaume

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Degrees and position


Former fellow-student of École Normale Supérieure (Paris), agrégé of History, former fellow-member of the French School of Rome, Guillaume Calafat is an associate professor (maître de conferences) in early modern history in Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1).

He is a member of the editorial board of Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales (2015-).

Research topics


His research interests focus mostly on trade and maritime regulations in the Early Modern Mediterranean. In 2013, he defended his PhD thesis entitled Sea of Jealousy: Maritime Jurisdictions, Free Ports, and the Regulation of Commerce in the Early Modern Mediterranean (1590-1740) (Pantheon-Sorbonne University / Pisa University). His book, entitled Une mer jalousée. Contribution à l’histoire de la souveraineté (Méditerranée, XVIIe siècle), has been published by Éditions du Seuil in 2019.

His works on maritime and commercial litigation focus also on slavery, corsairing and piracy in the Early Modern Mediterranean. His research aims to analyze legal and institutional configurations that allow Mediterranean sailors and merchants to trade in complex and - sometimes - violent political and diplomatic environments. He is particularly interested in economic and social interactions between Southern Europe (Italy, France, Spain) and Ottoman North Africa (Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli).

Guillaume Calafat is the author of several articles (see his Academia page). He participates in a variety of research programs such as ERC program “Mediterranean Reconfigurations” (supervised by Wolfgang Kaiser) and ANR Program “Propriété et citoyenneté” (supervised by Isabelle Grangaud).

He is also the translator of several articles in history and social sciences, from English and Italian into French.

He is currently editing the travel account of Polish count August Moszynski in France and Italy (1784-1786).

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