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Patrick CorbeilCorbeil.JPG

Ph.D. Candidate
Britain and the Empire, 1689-1914, Early Modern Europe, European Intellectual History

 

E-mail:   patrick.corbeil@queensu.ca
Office: Watson 232
Phone:  613-533-2150
Fax:  613-533-6298

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, University of Victoria, 2009
Master's of Arts, University of Victoria, 2011


About

I study the history of religion, religious doubt, and political thought in nineteenth-century Britain. My dissertation, “Secular World: Victorian Secularism in its Imperial and Global Contexts, 1840-1880,” explores the role British imperialism played in the development of secularist political and social thought. I examine how religious comparisons and an ethos of innate human progressiveness shaped secularist ideas of history, the civilizing mission, race, and the universality of progress. My wider interests include the history of liberal and socialist ideas, particularly social ethics, and the history of the idea of progress. I am an associate director of the International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism and I am currently working to help establish a journal for the history of freethought and unbelief. I am co-supervised by Professor Sandra den Otter and Professor Andrew Jainchill.

Teaching

2016-2017, British Culture and Society, 1780-1914.

2015-2016, British Culture and Society, 1780-1914.

2014-2015, Intellectual Origins of the Contemporary West.

Teaching Awards/Nominations

2015, Queen’s University Department of History Graduate Teaching Award (nominated).

2014, Charles Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance (nominated).

Conference Presentations

2016, “Secularism, Secularization, and Global Intellectual History,” International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism. London, United Kingdom (June 4-5, 2016).

2015, “The Ideological Uses of Comparative Religion in the Development of Victorian Secularism, 1840-1880,” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies. Baltimore, Maryland (March 27-28, 2015).

2014, “Comparative Religion and the Idea of Progress in the Development of Victorian Secularism, 1840-1855,” Western Conference on British Studies. Calgary, Alberta (October 2-4, 2014).

"From the Margins: A Roundtable on Atheism and Unbelief in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Britain and Canada," Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia (June, 2013).

"Secularism, Comparative Religion, and Political Criticism in Victorian Britain," Queen's-McGill Conference, Kingston, Ontario (March, 2013).

"Atheism and the Philosophy of Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733)," University of Victoria Qualicum History Conference, Parksville, British Columbia (January 2011).

Department Talks

2016, “Secularism’s Global History of Progress and the Mythologies of Global Community,” Clio’s Craft Graduate Roundtable, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (March 4, 2016).

2015, “Imagining a Secular World: The Ideological Uses of Comparative Religion in the Development of Victorian Secularism, 1840-1880,” Queen’s Department of History Graduate Works in Progress Seminar, Kingston, Ontario (January 29, 2015).

2014, “Comparative Religion and Making Truth,” Clio’s Craft Graduate Roundtable, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (February 28, 2014).

Postgraduate Awards

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2013-14
R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship, 2012
Queen's Graduate Award, 2012
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011-12
University of Victoria Graduate Award, 2010
University of Victoria, Department of History, Department Excellence Award, 2009
1990 Learned Societies Scholarship, 2009