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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) since September 2014.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales and Tracés. Revue de sciences humaines, and a member of the scientific committee of Quaderni Storici.

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). He is currently finishing a book, based on this work, in which he shows the links between the affirmation of maritime sovereignties and the institution of free ports in the Early modern period.

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). For his new research project, he is now working on Corsican merchants and sailors in the Western Mediterranean (1550-1650).

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 GDRI Program “Appartenances locales” (supervised by Isabelle Grangaud).

He is also the translator of several articles in history and social sciences, from English and Italian into French. He has recently translated Francesca Trivellato’s book The Familiarity of Strangers (Yale University Press, 2009), entitled in French Corail contre diamants (Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 2016).

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

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