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Benoit Vaillot is postdoctoral researcher Labex SMS at Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, Framespa (UMR 5136), associate researcher Arche (UR 3400) at University of Strasbourg and Centre Marc Bloch. PhD in History (European University Institute, (Florence, Italy), his thesis focused on the French-German border between 1871 and 1914, when the border was moved after the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine. He is dealing with the construction of sovereignty and national identities from below, in a transnational perspective. More informations on

He taught at the University of Lyon from 2013 to 2016, and History and Geography in high school from 2014 to 2016. He graduated in Modern History from the University of Lyon, and in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Lyon. Since 2018, he proposes online resources for German paleography of the 19th and 20th centuries in German, French and English.

Main research topics
  • Borders and borderlands (19th-21st centuries)
  • France and Germanic spaces (19th-21st centuries)
  • History of state-building and sovereignty
  • History of nation, nationalities and nationalism
  • Odonymy, statuary and public monuments