Laurent Burrus

Laurent Burrus, M.A.


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Laurent Burrus has earned a B.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences at the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence (2008) and a bi-national M.A. in the same field at the Université de Provence (Aix-en-Provence) and the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (2009). During his studies, the Erasmus exchange programme allowed him to spend a year at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2007-2008). Topic of the M.A thesis: : «Le notaire aux Caraïbes. Le cas de Saint-Domingue au XVIIIe siècle» [The Caribbean notary: the case of eighteenth-century Saint-Domingue].

For several years, Laurent Burrus has worked for publishing houses in Geneva (Droz), Paris (Erudist, Boccard) and Strasbourg (ELiPhi). In 2019 he earned an M.A. in History at the University of Lausanne with a master’s thesis on «La communauté suisse à Marseille au XVIIIe siècle: les logiques spatiales, sociales, économiques et familiales d’un collectif étranger» [The Swiss community in eighteenth-century Marseille: spatial, economic and family dynamics of a foreign group]. Thanks to a one-year doctoral fellowship at the University of Bern, which he was awarded in 2019, he began to develop his current PhD project. In 2020 he joined the University of Zurich. 


Book Chapters

«Les liaisons maritimes des négociants de la nation suisse à Marseille (XVIIIe siècle)», in Chaînes et maillons du commerce, XVIe-XIXe siècles, edited by Gilbert Buti, Anne Montenach and Olivier Raveux, 2022 (forthcoming).

Journal Articles

«A la recherche d’une condition. Itinéraires fribourgeois à Marseille au XVIIIe siècle», Annales fribourgeoises, 81 (2019), pp. 35-41.

«Le notariat à Saint-Domingue au XVIIIe siècle», Le Gnonom, 169 (2011), pp. 10-12.


Francesca Chiesi Ermotti, Le Alpi in movimento. Vicende del casato dei mercanti Pedrazzini di Campo Vallemaggia (XVIII s.), (Bellinzona 2019), Archivio Storico Ticinese, 168 (2020), pp. 164-165.

Talks, Lectures, Papers

«As the waves flow. Dealing with the sea's danger during the 17th and 18th centuries in the Mediterranean area» (panel organization, with Marina Inì), Sixième Journées suisses d'histoire, Université de Genève, June-July 2022.   

«Transnational History and nation's borders. The Swiss community in Marseille during the 18th century» (lecture), Early Modern History Workshop, Cambridge University, Nov. 2019.

«La fortune au comptoir. La richesse des négociants protestants de la nation suisse à Marseille au XVIIIe siècle» (paper), Cinquièmes Journées suisses d'histoire, Universität Zürich, June 2019.

«La fabrique d'une nation: les négociants protestants suisses à Marseille au XVIIIe siècle» (lecture), Séminaire de recherche du Département d'histoire moderne, Universität Bern, Dec. 2018. 

Memberships in academic societies

Société suisse d'histoire (SSH)

Fédération historique de Provence (FHP)

Société de Linguistique Romane (SLR)