César Jaquier

I hold a master in Arabic studies from the University of Geneva, with a specialization in the history of the Middle East. In 2015-2016, I spent a year in Beirut (Lebanon) to study history and classical Arabic at Saint Joseph University. After completing studies, I took part in several archiving and research projects. In 2017, I was an intern in the department of audiovisual archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In 2018, I worked with Umam Documentation and Research in Beirut.

Since September 2018, I am a PhD student at the Institute of History, under the supervision of Prof. Jordi Tejel. I am part of a project titled “Towards a Decentred History of the Middle East: Transborder Spaces, Circulations, ‘Frontier Effects’ and State Formation, 1920-1946”, funded by the European Research Council. Within this framework, I am researching on the impact of automobile transportation on the movement of people. I intend to explore how the development of trans-desert routes between Syria and Iraq in the 1920s and 1930s led to the emergence of official as well as unofficial circulations between both countries. I mainly focus on pilgrimage and tourism.

Doctorant ERC


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Research areas

  • Contemporary history of the Middle East
  • Motor transportation
  • Tourism and pilgrimage