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David Do Paço

Chercheur permanent

Adjunct Assistant Professor

I am a full-time adj. assistant professor in 18th-century history. My research is located at the crossroad between urban history, historical anthropology, and global micro-history. It emphasises the diverse elements of commensurability established between diverse early modern empires.
I was trained at the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, where in 2012 I defended my thesis on the social integration of foreigners in 18th-century Vienna. My book, L’Orient à Vienne au dix-huitième siècle has been published in 2015 within the 'Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment’. It particularly analysed the multiple circles of social belonging in, and between which Ottoman subjects operated in the Habsburg capital. As a Max-Weber post-doctoral fellow at the EUI (2013-15) and a core fellow at CEU-IAS (2016), I have extended the focus of my work to the Eastern Mediterranean and I have explored a form of cross-cultural regional integration between the Ottoman and the Habsburg empires. Since 2015 at Sciences Po, this brought me to further my research in urban history, with a particular attention, first, to connected composite and diplomatic cities (especially Istanbul, Trieste and Vienna) and, second, to Muslims men and women in the early modern European and North American cities.
In line with this research, I am contributing to several editorial projects like the CMR900, the Cambridge History of the Habsburg Monarchy, and the Routledge
Handbook to Islam in the West (2nd ed.), and to several founded collective research projects such as A Global History of Free Ports, Atlantic Italies, and People in Motion.

Selective bibliography


  • L’Orient à Vienne au dix-huitième siècle (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2015), Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 5.
  • Most significant reviews: Historische Zeitschrift 305/2 (2017), Journal of Early Modern History 20/5 (2016), Journal of Modern History 88/4 (2016), Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine 63/2 (2016).

Collective volumes

  • Métissages gastronomiques, ed. Dora De Lima and David Do Paço (Paris: Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne, 2012), Hypothèses, 15.
  • Des religions dans la ville. Ressorts et stratégies de coexistence dans l’Europe des xvie-xviiie siècles, ed. David Do Paço, Mathilde Monge and Laurent Tatarenko (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010).

Chapters in collective volumes

  • ‘Muslim Princes’ Political Agents in Eighteenth-Century Central Europe’, Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, vol. 14 (Leyden: Brill, forthcoming 2019).
  • ‘Patronage and Expertise, the Making of a Trans-Imperial Knowledge, 1719-1848’, in A Trans-National Culture of Expertise. Circulating State Related Knowledge in the 18th and 19th Centuries, ed. Lothar Schilling and Jakob Vogel (Augsburg: De Gruyter, 2019), p. 45-58.
  • ‘La création de la communauté grecque orientale de Trieste par Giuseppe Maria Mainati (1719-1818)’, in Minorités en Méditerranée au XIXe siècle. Identités, identifications, circulations, ed. Valérie Hasan, Bernard heyberger, Jakob Vogel (Rennes: PUR, 2019), p. 25-44.
  • ‘Geographical and Social Mobility: Lorenzo Da Ponte’s Career’ in Moving Scenes. The Circulation of Music and Theatre in Europe 1700-1815, ed. Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, Philippe Bourdin and Charlotta Wolff, (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2018), p. 177-188.
  • ‘A Trans-Imperial Sociability: Ottoman Embassies in 18th-Century Vienna’ in Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World c.1410-1800, ed. Jan Hennings and Tracey Sowerby (London: Routledge, 2017), p. 166-184.
  • ‘Un islam approprié. La Bosnie et l’Herzégovine au xvie et xviie siècle’ in Les Musulmans dans l’histoire de l’Europe, t. 2. Passages et contacts en Méditerranée, ed. Jocelyne Dakhlia and Wolfgang Kaiser (Paris: Albin Michel, 2013), p. 191-217.

Articles in peer-review journals

  • ‘Une collaboration économique et sociale : consuls et protecteurs des marchands ottomans à Vienne et à Trieste au XVIIIe siècle’, Les Cahiers de la Méditerranée, 98 (2019), p. 57-74.
  • ‘Trieste : Les horizons d’une ville centre-européenne’, Monde(s). Histoire, Espaces, Relations, 14 (2018), p. 71-96.
  • ‘A trans-imperial social history of diplomacy in a fast-changing crisis context: Peter Herbert-Rathkeal’s circles of social belonging in Pera (1779-1802)’, International History Review 40/5 (2018):
  • ‘La ville contre la Diaspora : la présence ottomane dans les villes de la monarchie des Habsbourg au dix-huitième siècle’, Diasporas 28 (2017), p. 65-84.
  • ‘Extranéité et lien social. L’intégration des marchands ottomans à Vienne au xviiie siècle’, Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine 61-1 (2014), p. 123-146.

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