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Penelope J. Corfield, Professor Emeritus


Penelope J Corfield

Vice-President of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2012- ); Past President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2010-13); Visiting Professor, University of Leicester; and member of the newly-inaugurated International Big History Association.

Email: p.corfield@rhul.ac.uk; p.corfield@btconnect.com

Penelope Corfield now concentrates upon research, writing, and guest lecturing. Her long-standing interests focus upon Britain's economic, social, cultural, and urban history from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. She is just completing, with colleagues at Newcastle University, a new website showcasing London's electoral history from 1700 to 1850, with details of over 800 previously unknown parliamentary and municipal elections. After that, her next big project is entitled ‘The Long March of Meritocracy’.

In parallel, Penelope studies approaches and theories of Time, in the growing field of historiology; and developing themes arising from her book Time and the Shape of History (2007). She advocates the inclusion of a greater number of long-span courses into the History syllabus, alongside in-depth courses, inviting all to debate History’s big picture(s).

Penelope organises, with colleagues, London University's Long Eighteenth-Century research seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, meeting fortnightly during term. To attend and/or propose a paper for presentation, see www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/107.

Recent publications include: ‘POST-Medievalism/Modernity/Postmodernity?’ in special issue of Rethinking History, 14/3 (2010), pp. 379-404; ‘British History: The Exploding Galaxy’, in special issue ‘The State of the Discipline’, ed. M.O. Grenby, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34/4 (2011), pp. 517-26; and ‘Business Leaders and Town Gentry in Early Industrial Britain: Specialist Occupations and Shared Urbanism’, Urban History, 39/1 (2012), pp. 20-49. , 39/1 (2012), pp. 20-49.

For details of past publications, public lectures, and monthly discussions points, see her personal website: www.penelopejcorfield.co.uk.

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