Professor Phil Withington
Professor in Social and Cultural History, Head of Department.
+44 (0)114 22 22614 | Jessop West room 1.04
Semester Two Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:30-14:30
Phil Withington was born in Yorkshire, trained as a historian in Cambridge, and has worked in Aberdeen, Leeds, and Cambridge. He joined Sheffield as Professor in Social and Cultural History in September 2012. He is the editor of 'The Historical Journal' and Principal Investigator of the ESRC/AHRC project 'Intoxicants and Early Modernity'.
Royal Historical Society - member
National and International Advisory and Management Bodies
Advisor to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Alcohol, April 2009
Advisor for Seeing social order: The visual culture of early modern society Uppsala University, 2012 -
EU Cost Management Committee, Action IS1305, European Network of eLexicigraphy, 2013 -
International Peer Review
International Reference Group for the Australian Network of Early European Research (2006-08)
‘International Assessor’ for the Irish Government’s Post-Doctoral Scheme, from 2008
Member of European Science Foundation Peer Review Panel, from 2010
Reviewer for the Dutch Humanities Research Council, from 2011
Reviewer for the Belgium Humanities Research council, from 2012
National Peer Review
Member of Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review Panel, from 2010
‘Facilitator’ for ESRC Peer Review Panel, 2011
Sift Panelist for ESRC Future Research Leaders Scheme, 2011-2013
Member of Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review Panel, since 2014
International Advisory Board Member of Urban History, from 2009
Editor of Cultural and Social History, from 2011
Editorial Board of Cultural and Social History, from 2011
Editor of The Historical Journal, from 2013
Refereeing and Reviewing
Presses: Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Yale University Press, Polity Press, Manchester University Press, Columbia University Press, Princeton University Press
Journals: Economic History Review, American Historical Review, Historical Journal, Canadian Journal of History, Urban History, Gender & History, Eighteenth Century Studies, English Historical Review, Review of English Studies
Phil Withington’s current interests divide into a number of areas: urbanism and urbanization; the social history of politics; the social and economic history of intoxicants; the relationship between culture, society, and social and economic change; theories and histories of social practices.
Since 2013 he has managed the ESRC-funded grant, ‘Intoxicants and Early Modernity’, and is contracted to Princeton University Press to write a social history of the English Renaissance. He is also developing a number of new collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners.
Phil Withington is a member of Sheffield’s Centre for Early Modern Studies (SCEMS), Medical Humanities Sheffield (MHS), and the Centre for the History of the City (CHC).
I supervise masters and postgraduate students on most areas of early modern history as well as the broader history of cities, intoxicants, language, and citizenship.
Students recently completed
Articles in Journals
‘Cultures of Intoxication’, Past & Present, Special Supplements (Oxford, 2014)
‘The Semantics of ‘Peace’ in Early Modern England’ in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th Series, 23, (December 2013)
With the Early Modern Research Group, ‘Commonwealth: the Social, Cultural, and Conceptual Contexts of an Early Modern Keyword’, The Historical Journal, 54, 3 (2011), pp. 659-687 (28pp)
‘Intoxicants and Society in Early Modern England’, The Historical Journal, 54, 3 (2011), pp. 631-657 (26pp)
‘‘Tumbled into the Dirt’: Wit and Incivility in Early Modern England’, Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 12, 1:2 (2011), pp. 156-177 (21pp)
‘Citizens and Soldiers – the Renaissance Context’, Journal of Early Modern History, 15, 1–2 (2011), pp. 3–30 (27pp)
With the Early Modern Research Group, ‘Towards a Social and Cultural History of Keywords and Concepts by the Early Modern Research Group,’ History of Political Thought XXXI (Autumn, 2010), pp. 427-48 (21pp)
‘Skill and Commonwealth in Early Modern English Cities’ in Maria Pia Paoli, ed., Saperi a Confronto nell’Europa dei Secoli XIII–XIX, Edizioni Della Normale, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa (2009), pp. 57–83 (26pp)
‘Citizens, Soldiers and Urban Culture in Early Modern England’, English Historical Review, CXXIII, 502 (2008), pp. 587–610 (23pp)
‘Public Discourse, Corporate Citizenship and State-Formation in Early Modern England’, American Historical Review, 112, 4 (2007), pp. 1016–1038 (22pp)
‘Company and Sociability in Early Modern England’, Social History 32, 3 (2007), pp. 291–307 (16pp)
‘Views from the Bridge: Revolution and Restoration in Seventeenth-Century York’, Past & Present, 170 (2001), pp. 121–151 (30pp)
‘Two Renaissances: Urban Political Culture in Post-Reformation England Reconsidered’, The Historical Journal, 44, 1 (2001), pp. 239–267 (28pp)
Edited Books of Essays and Journals
Chapters in Books of Essays
‘Urbanization’ in Keith Wrightson, ed., A Social History of England, 1500-1750 Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 174-198
With Michael Braddick, ‘Introduction’, in Braddick and Withington, eds., Popular Culture and Political Agency in Early Modern England, Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, 2017, pp. 1-14
‘An Aristotelian Moment: Democracy in Early Modern England’ in Braddick and Withington, eds., Popular Culture and Political Agency in Early Modern England, Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, 2017, pp. 203-222
With Ian Sabroe, ‘Language Matters: ‘Counsel’ in Early Modern and Modern Medicine’ in Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods, eds., The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2016, pp. 508–27
‘Urban Citizens and England’s Civil Wars’ in Michael Braddick, ed., Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 312–29
‘Honesty’ in Henry Turner, ed., Twenty First Century Approaches to Early Modern Theatricality (Oxford, 2013)
‘Intoxication and the Early Modern City’ in Steve Hindle, Alexandra Shepard, John Walter, eds., Remaking English Society (Cambridge, Boydell and Brewer, 2013)
‘Plantation and Civil Society’ in Micheal O’Siochru and Eammon O’Ciardha, eds., The Plantation of Ulster: Ideology and Practice (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2012), 55-77
‘Andrew Marvell’s Citizenship’ in The Cambridge Companion to Andrew Marvell, eds. Derek Hirst and Steven Zwicker, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 102-22 (20pp)
‘‘For This is True or Els I do Lye’: Thomas Smith, William Bullein and the Mid-Tudor Dialogue’ in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485–1603, eds. Cathy Shrank and Mike Pincombe, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 455–471 (16pp)
‘Putting the City into Shakespeare’s City Comedy’ in David Armitage, Conal Condren and Andrew Fitzmaurice, eds., Shakespeare and Early Modern Political Thought, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 197–217 (20pp)
‘Introduction’ in Alexandra Shepard and Phil Withington, eds., Communities in Early Modern England, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2000, pp. 1–18 (18pp)
‘Citizens, Community and Political Culture’ in Alexandra Shepard and Phil Withington, eds., Communities in Early Modern England, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2000, pp. 134–156 (22pp)
Phil Withington has written for The London Review of Books, The Lancet, and the BBC History Magazine, been the lead historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Long View, and given public lectures at locations as diverse as the British Library and Kew Gardens. He was also an historical advisor to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health in 2008-9.
Most of his public engagement since 2013 has been related to the Intoxicants and Early Modernity Project: see www.intoxicantsproject.org for more detail.
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