Prof Renaud Morieux
I specialise in transnational history, with a particular focus on Britain, France and their empires. My research interests include the history of migration, oceans, incarceration and the social history of war, between the eighteenth and the early nineteenth centuries.
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. In April 2024, I will be a Visiting Professor at University Paris Cité.
Incarceration: An international journal of imprisonment, detention and coercive confinement (International Associate Editorial Board):
Past & Present (Editorial Board and Publications Editor): 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
I am a historian of the borders between Britain and the rest of the world, in the 'long' eighteenth century.
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 eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
- 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:
- Jake Bransgrove on The Associational World of Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820)
- Tiéphaine Thomason on Oral Culture in the French Atlantic (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries)
PhD dissertations previously supervised
- 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
- Christophe Gillain on French Noble Exiles in Europe in the Seventeenth Century https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/people/christophe-gillain
- Ben Gilding on The British Empire and the Regulation of the East India Company (1773-1784). https://www.new.ox.ac.uk/ben-gilding
- Annalise Higgins on Interoceanic Canals and International Order (c. 1850-1920)
- 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 IA, Paper O6 'The Global Eighteenth Century' [co-convenor]
Part II, Special Subject 'A Women's History of War (1750-1815)' [convenor]
Please note that I will be on sabbatical in Michaelmas 2023, and therefore I will not be supervising Part II dissertations in 2023-24
Tags & Themes
Cambridge CB2 1RF