Prof Renaud Morieux
I specialise in transnational history in the eighteenth century, with a particular focus on Britain, France and their empires. My research interests include the history of migration, oceanic borders, incarceration and economic exchanges.
I joined the Faculty of History in 2011. I was previously a Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor) in Modern History at University of Lille (2006-2011).
I studied History at Ecole Normale Supérieure LSH, University Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, and University of Lille. I obtained the Agrégation d'Histoire in 1998. In September 2019 I obtained an Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from EHESS. In 2014 I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for History.
Over the years, I have tried to keep a foot on both sides of the English Channel, which is sometimes quite a stretch. Between March and May 2017 I was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for History and Economics (Harvard). In November-December 2019, I was a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris), and in March 2020, I was a Visiting Professor at EHESS (Paris).
Incarceration: An international journal of imprisonment, detention and coercive confinement (International Associate Editorial Board):
Past & Present (Editorial Board): https://academic.oup.com/past
Revue d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (International Editorial Committee): https://www.cairn.info/revue-d-histoire-moderne-et-contemporaine.htm
Studies in the Eighteenth Century [book series], editor: https://boydellandbrewer.com/bb-authors-studies-in-the-eighteenth-century
I work on the history of Franco-British relations in the 'long' eighteenth century, with a focus on transnational exchanges. My wider research interests lay in the fields of oceanic history, maritime borders and migrations.
A revised edition of my first book, published in French in 2008, was published in March 2016 with Cambridge University Press: The Channel. England, France and the Construction of a Maritime Border in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories series): http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/european-history-after-1450/channel-england-france-and-construction-maritime-border-eighteenth-century
The Channel won the 2017 Leo Gershoy Award awarded by the American Historical Association for 'the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of 17th- and 18th-century European history'.
My book The Society of Prisoners: Anglo-French Wars and Incarceration in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, Past & Present Series, 2019), explores British and French concepts and experiences of war captivity in the long eighteenth century, on a global scale (Europe, the West Indies, St Helena).
My research on the history of customary international law and the law of the sea is venturing into new directions. See https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/project/law-and-maritime-culture-1650-1850-workshop
I am currently working on two large projects:
- the first one focuses on the repercussions of war on families in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially in India.
- the second one is a reflexive history of statelessness from the 1920s to the present. See https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/project/statelessness-and-unsettlement-europe-1920s-present-reflexive-history
I am currently supervising the following PhD dissertations:
- Christophe Gillain on French Exiles in the World (c. 1640-1770)
- Annalise Higgins on Interoceanic Canals and International Order (c. 1850-1920)
Past PhD dissertations
- Sara Caputo on The British Navy as a Transnational Institution during the Napoleonic Wars. https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/user/caputo
- Callum Easton on The 1797 Naval Mutinies at Spithead and the Nore [collaborative doctoral studentship with the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich) and The National Archives] https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/people/callum-easton
- Ben Gilding on The British Empire and the Regulation of the East India Company (1773-1784). https://www.new.ox.ac.uk/ben-gilding
- Aoife O'Leary McNeice on International Philanthropy and the Great Irish Famine https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/people/aoife-oleary-mcneice
- Callie Wilkinson on The British East India Company Residents at Indian Princely Courts (1793-1818). https://www.globaldisconnect.org/fellows/?lang=en
Together with Melissa Calaresu I convene the Eighteenth-Century seminar:
Part I, Paper 5 British Political History (1688-1886)
Part II, Special Subject 'A Women's History of War (1750-1815)'
MPhil option 'Approaches to the long eighteenth century'
Tags & Themes
Cambridge CB2 1RF