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Roberto Zaugg

Associated Researcher

University of Lausanne

Roberto Zaugg is Ambizione fellow of the Swiss National Sciences Foundation at the University of Lausanne. After studying at the University of Florence (2004) and gaining a PhD at the University of Naples Federico II (2008), he has worked as lecturer at the University of Basel (2008-13) and as coordinator of the Basel Graduate School of History (2010-13). From 2013 to 2015 he has been a postdoc fellow at Sciences Po, where he has taught classes for graduate students in history and for undergraduate students of the programme Europe-Afrique. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana (2012) and "Gabriel Monod" fellow at the Institut français d'histoire en Allemagne (Frankfurt am Main, 2014). He holds the Qualification aux fonctions de maître de conférence of the French Conseil National des Universités and the Academic teaching certificate of the University of Basel.

He is a member of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Network for European Studies (GRAINES) and a former member of the advisory board of the  Revue Suisse d'Histoire. He has been a member of the steering committee of the international research group Aux bords des institutions. Pouvoirs, acteurs et pratiques marchandes dans l'Europe méditerranéennes.

His main research areas concern the practices and institutions of Mediterranean and Atlantic trade, migratory phenomena, Euro-African relations, as well as travel literature and autobiographical writings.

His current project deals with the journal of Johann Peter Oettinger, a barber-surgeon who did an extended journeyman's migration through the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic, as well as two transatlantic travels on Dutch and Brandenburg slave ships (1682-1696). Together with Craig M. Koslofsky (University of Illinois) he is moreover preparing an English edition of this manuscript source. For a more detailed description of my project click here.

Comprehensive bibliography

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