GCU Professor honoured by French Government

02 May 2014

GCU Professor honoured by French Government

Historian Professor Peter Kirby

Historian Professor Peter Kirby has been appointed as Visiting Professor and official guest of the French Government in the School for Advanced Studies (EHESS) in Paris.

Professor Kirby, Director of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH), will deliver four key lectures over the next month on labour productivity, child labour, social policy and occupational health at EHESS – France’s leading social research academy.

He said “This is a great personal honour. Only a few social scientists are honoured in this way each year and I am extremely grateful to the President and the French Government for their formal invitation. My visit will provide an opportunity to engage with international scholars and will create academic and research links between France’s leading social sciences academy and GCU.”

The École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) is located in central Paris and many of France's greatest social scientists have been professors there, including scholars such as Lucien Febvre and Fernand Braudel. The work of Braudel, Le Roy Ladurie and other historians working under their influence greatly affected the research and official teaching of history in France beginning in the 1960s.

One of Professor Kirby’s Paris lectures will be based upon his latest book - Child Workers and Industrial Health in Britain, 1780-1850 –published in 2013 by the Economic History Society.

Professor Pierre-Cyrille Hautcœur, President of EHESS and Professor at the Paris School of Economics, said:

“We wish Professor Kirby a very stimulating and pleasant month at the EHESS.”

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