Lionel Laborie is an assistant professor at the Institute for History
Fields of Interests
Religious dissent, migration and toleration in early modern Europe
The radical Reformation: prophecy, millenarianism, mysticism and religious utopias
Transnational religious, diplomatic and commercial networks
17th-18th Century Britain and France
Geopolitics: War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714) and the Great Northern War (1700-1720)
My research concentrates on the cultural history of ideas and beliefs in early modern Europe, with a particular interest in religious dissenters, radicalism and tolerance in the long eighteenth century. My first monograph, Enlightening Enthusiasm (Manchester University Press, 2015), explores the debate on prophecy and 'religious madness' in early eighteenth-century English society and culture.
I am also interested in the role of religion in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century geopolitics, especially during the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution in England, the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), and the Great Northern War (1700-1720). I have published on the Camisard rebellion (1702-1710) and the Huguenot diaspora (1685-1800) in this context.
My current project explores transnational dissenting networks and the circulation of millenarian literature in the long eighteenth century. I am especially interested in the intersections between underground movements and commercial, diplomatic, family and religious networks.
I am currently editing a collection of early modern political prophecies for Brill. Other projects include Protestant missionaries to the Ottoman Empire, imposture and conspiracies, and Madagascar in early modern utopian thought.
2016 - 17 Visiting Lecturer, University of Tübingen, Germany.
2013 - 16 Research Fellow, Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2011 - 13 Postdoctoral Researcher, School of History, University of East Anglia.
2008 - 10 Associate Tutor, School of History, University of East Anglia.
Grants and awards
2015 – Visiting Fellowship, John Rylands Institute, Manchester.
2014 – Visiting Fellowship, Oxford Brookes University.
2013-14 – Postdoctoral research fellowship, Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung (IKGF), Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.
2013 – Research grant, Rausing Foundation, Sweden.
2012 – Postdoctoral research grant, Wellcome Trust, London, UK.
2012 – Brill Fellowship, Scaliger Institute, Leiden University, Netherlands.
2012 – Postdoctoral research grant, Prussian Privy State Archives, Berlin, Germany.
2012 – Herzog-Ernst Fellowship, Forschungszentrum, Gotha, Germany.
2011 – Georges and Pierre Regard postdoctoral research grant, University of Geneva.
2011 – Fritz Thyssen postdoctoral Fellowship, Francke Foundation, Halle, Germany.
2004-09 – PhD scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).