Jordan Girardin

MA (Sciences Po Lyon), MLitt, PhD (St Andrews)

Contact Details
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Teaching and Research Interests

History of Travel, Transnational History, Spatial History, European history, History of Esperanto, Modern History (18th-20th century), Digital Humanities, GIS

My main research focuses on the history of Europe since the Enlightenment, with a particular focus on the history of travel and transnational movements. My PhD thesis offered a transnational and spatial analysis of early Alpine tourism (1750s-1830s), with a strong focus on mental mapping and spatial representations by travellers.

My new project is a history of Esperanto speakers from the 1870s to the 1920s. It seeks to identify networks of Esperanto learners and speakers in Western Europe, and to understand why Esperanto is relatively popular in Western European intellectual milieus while it failed to develop in Eastern Europe, where it was originally created for.

Teaching Duties

MO1008 Themes in Late Modern History (1776-2001)
MO2901 Europe in the Twentieth Century
MO3217 Travel Cultures in Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century
MO4970 Revolutions and Empires (1776-1848)
MO5051/5052 Themes and Debates in Early Modern History
MO5621/5622 History in the Making: Theories, Approaches and Practice

Research Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship, Institut für europäische Geschichte (Mainz, Germany, 2018 - 2019)
  • Herzog-Ernst-Stipendium, Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung, Forschungszentrum Gotha (Gotha, Germany, May 2016)
  • Visiting fellow, Basel Graduate School of History (Basel, Switzerland, September-December 2014)
  • 600th Anniversary PhD scholarship, University of St Andrews (2013 - 2016)
  • Undergraduate exchange programme, University of Pennsylvania (2010 - 2011)


  • “Travel and Travelogues”, in Riccardo Bavaj et al. (eds), Spatial History and its Sources (Routledge, 2018, in preparation).
  • Conference Report, “Travel History and its Sources” on H-Soz-Kult, 1 December 2016 <>
  • “La fondation du Syndicat d’Initiative du Pays de Montbéliard, institution sociale, catalyseur de modernité (1912-1920)”, in Bulletins et Mémoires – Société d’Émulation de Montbéliard, No. 136, 2014.
  • De l’Aventurier au Prince. Le retour de Napoléon de l’île d’Elbe : le Vol de l’Aigle de Grenoble à Lyon. M.A. dissertation, available in the Fondation Napoléon’s digital library.

Online Contributions

  • Mapping and GIS for Historians. Online mapping tutorials, University of St Andrews, 2015. <>
  • The Last Stand: Napoleon’s 100 days in 100 objects - February-June 1815. Online exhibition, University of Warwick, 2015.<>

Conference Papers

  • “Travel: from A to B or from A to Z?”, Spatial History & its Sources (St Andrews, September 2016)
  • “Imagining the Alpine space: mental mapping in the Alps”, Forschungszentrum Gotha (Gotha, Germany, May 2016)
  • “Travel in the Alpine space: from borderline to borderland” (University of Edinburgh, December 2015)
  • “Napoleon and the Alps: from Crossing to Taming the Alpine Space”, Society for the Study of French History annual conference (St Andrews, August 2015)
  • “Créer une région alpine : la construction mentale de l’espace alpin dans la région lémanique”, Wenn die Humanwissenschaft die Alpen befragen (Lucerne, Switzerland, May 2015)
  • “Alpine Place vs. Alpine Space: The Making of the Alps as a Concept in Western European Mentalities”, Vorstellungen von Naturräumen” (Basel, Switzerland, December 2014)
  • “Making the Alpine Space: from Borderline to Borderland, from Natural Interests to Transnational Networks (1750-1830)”, Universität Freiburg (Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany, November 2014)
  • “From Mental to Digital Mapping: Visualising the Perception of the Alps During and After the Enlightenment, Contemporary Conceptions and Present-Time Conceptualisations (1750-1830)”, ENIUGH Congress (Paris, France, September 2014)
  • Workshop organiser, “Mapping Flows & Visualising Data in the Era of Digital Humanities” (St Andrews, August 2014)
  • Panel moderator, “France and its Global Histories: State of the field” (St Andrews, August 2014)
  • Lyonnais je vous aime: Napoleon’s declaration to the people of Lyon”, Hundred Days Conference (University of Warwick, July 2014)
  • “The Boundaries of the Borderland: entering and defining the Alpine transnational space”, Social History Conference, Northumbria University (Newcastle, April 2014)
  • “Wikipedia and Academia: an impossible love?”, EMMH Postgraduate Forum (St Andrews, December 2013)
  • “L’émergence du concept de modernité dans le Pays de Montbéliard, du rattachement à la France à la fondation d’un Office de tourisme (1780 – 1912)”, conference organised by the Société d’Émulation (Montbéliard, France, September 2013)
  • “Geneva between Enlightenment and Isolation: the impact of the Napoleonic period on the city’s spatial representations by travellers (1798 – 1814)”, GRAINES network Summer School ‘From the Margins’ (Menton, France, June 2013)
  • “From the Protestant Rome to the Alpine Gateway: an analysis of the perception of Geneva by British travellers after the fall of Napoleon”, St Andrews – Aberdeen Postgraduate Conference (St Andrews, June 2013)


Main Publications