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CfP: Mediterranean Europe(s): Images and Ideas of Europe from the Mediterranean Shores

CfP: Mediterranean Europe(s): Images and Ideas of Europe from the Mediterranean Shores (9th Annual Symposium of the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe)

4-6 July 2018, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici – Naples

The economic crisis of the late 2000s, the growing Euroscepticism, and the refugee crisis have recently highlighted the geo-political and geo-cultural centrality of the Mediterranean in any issue concerning Europe.

Within the increasingly important field of Mediterranean Studies, the boundaries of the Mediterranean world(s) have been radically questioned and problematized, leading to new perspectives offering an alternative to occidentalist and Eurocentric narratives. On the one hand, the emergence of new trans-Mediterranean historical approaches – somehow anticipated in the works of Fernand Braudel, Edgar Morin, Predrag Matvejević, Franco Cassano and now re-thought by Maurizio Isabella and Kostantina Zanou – has moved the focus of cultural and intellectual historians from Europe as the place of civilization and modernity to the Mediterranean as a place where lives are shared and values are defined within a multiplicity of loyalties and belongings. On the other hand, European Studies have recently stressed the ambiguity of the geo-cultural polarization between Northern and Southern and Atlantic and Mediterranean Europe(s). Among others, Roberto Dainotto and Maurizio Viroli have offered a problematized vision of Europe that implies the concomitant rejection and acceptance of the Mediterranean.

According to Lucien Febvre, the essence of Europe was its blending of the Northern/Atlantic and the Southern/Mediterranean cultural elements. On the basis of such a notion, it is useful to re-investigate the Mediterranean as a region at once inside and outside of Europe, accepting that contours are, at best, protean. The aim of this international and interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe and hosted by the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, is to bring together cultural and intellectual historians, philosophers, anthropologists, as well as scholars of the arts and literature, and to try to connect more firmly European and Mediterranean studies to shed new light on the place and the role of the Mediterranean in shaping images, ideas, and discourses about Europe from the eighteenth century onwards.

Topics might include – but are by no means limited to:

  • The Mediterranean: a bridge or a border between Europe and its south?
  • The place of the Mediterranean in the history of the ideas of Europe
  • The North of the Mediterranean world – Southern Europe?
  • Orientalising the Southern shores of the Mediterranean and creating Europe
  • Europe, the Mediterranean and religion
  • Diasporas, migrations and European identities
  • Thinking Mediterranean Europe (e.g. Montesquieu, Hegel, De Stäel, Chevalier, Amari, Valéry, Braudel, Unamuno, Chabod, Camus, etc.)

Confirmed keynote speakers will be Prof. Roberto Dainotto (Duke University) and Prof. Konstantina Zanou (Columbia University).

If you would like to present a paper (15 minutes) or organise a panel (3/4 speakers), please send an abstract (max. 300 words in English) with a title and a short biography by 27 December 2017 to Dr Fernanda Gallo (fernanda.gallo@usi.ch), Prof Vittorio Dini (dini@unisa.it), or Dr Matthew D’Auria (m.dauria@uea.ac.uk). Please note that the working language will be English. There will be no fees for participating. A limited number of travel grants offered by the Istituto Italiano Studi Filosofici will be available with preference given to non-tenured scholars.

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CfP: Neo-Latin Scholarship on the Slavs

CfP: Neo-Latin Scholarship on the Slavs

Conference Dates: 5-7 December 2018

An international conference organised by the Ján Stanislav Institute of Slavistics of the Slovak Academy of Science to be held in Bratislava on 5-7 December 2018. Almost all branches of modern science and scholarship, including humanities, can trace their existence back to at least early modern times when Latin was a common medium of European erudition. Yet, present-day researchers in individual disciplines are largely unaware of the existence of early modern Latin scholarship related to their respective fields of study.

This conference aims to explore the rich corpus of Neo-Latin scholarly texts written about the Slavs, thereby intending to throw light on the early stages of what later became established as Slavistics or Slavonic Studies. We also hope to bring closer together researchers from the fields of Slavistics and Neo-Latin Studies, a combination which we believe carries great potential for future research in both disciplines.

We welcome papers of twenty to thirty minutes in English, German or Latin concerning early modern Latin scholarship on the history, philology, mythology, ethnography, geography, etc., of the Slavs. Publication of a collection of essays based on the conference proceedings is envisaged in 2020. Please send your proposal of ca.250 words and a very short biographical note to Dr Svorad Zavarský (svorad.zavarsky@savba.sk) no later than 15 December 2017. All authors will be notified by the end of 2017.

Submission deadline: 15 December 2017.

For further details please see the conference website.


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New Book: Victorian Jesus

Victorian Jesus: J.R. Seeley, Religion, and the Cultural Significance of Anonymity

Ian Hesketh (UTP, 2017)

Ecce Homo: A Survey in the Life and Work of Jesus Christ, published anonymously in 1865, alarmed some readers and delighted others by its presentation of a humanitarian view of Christ and early Christian history. Victorian Jesus explores the relationship between historian J. R. Seeley and his publisher Alexander Macmillan as they sought to keep Seeley’s authorship a secret while also trying to exploit the public interest.

Ian Hesketh highlights how Ecce Homo’s reception encapsulates how Victorians came to terms with rapidly changing religious views in the second half of the nineteenth century. Hesketh critically examines Seeley’s career and public image, and the publication and reception of his controversial work. Readers and commentators sought to discover the author’s identity in order to uncover the hidden meaning of the book, and this engendered a lively debate about the ethics of anonymous publishing. In Victorian Jesus, Ian Hesketh argues for the centrality of this moment in the history of anonymity in book and periodical publishing throughout the century.

Published by University of Toronto Press, 2017.


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Charles Schmitt Prize 2018

As the result of generous donations from an anonymous donor and our publisher (Routledge), the International Society for Intellectual History is offering, on an annual basis, a prize to honour the contribution of Charles B. Schmitt (1933-1986) to intellectual history.

The prize is £250, plus £50 worth of Routledge books, and a year’s free membership of the ISIH with a subscription to the Society’s quarterly journal Intellectual History Review. The paper awarded the prize will also be published in the Intellectual History Review.

Submissions will be accepted in any area of intellectual history, broadly construed, 1500 to the present, including the historiography of intellectual history. Because it is a condition of the award that the paper awarded the prize will be published by IHR, submissions should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere, or exceed 9,000 words (including footnotes). Eligibility is restricted to doctoral students and those who have submitted their PhD within two years of the closing date for the prize.

The paper should be forwarded as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format to stephen.gaukroger@arts.usyd.edu.au and to s.clucas@bbk.ac.uk. The e-mail itself should state that the paper is being entered for the prize, and should confirm eligibility at the time of submission, as well as availability of the paper for publication.

The closing date for the prize is 31 December 2017, and an announcement of the award will be made by the 1 March 2018.


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New Book: The First of the Modern Ottomans

The First of the Modern Ottomans: The Intellectual History of Ahmed Vâsıf 

By Ethan L. Menchinge (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

The First of the Modern Ottomans blends biography with intellectual history. On the one hand, it is the story of an Ottoman life – the life of the scribe, ambassador, and prolific historian Ahmed Vâsıf (ca. 1735-1806), a man who improbably rose from obscurity in Baghdad to travel the empire, fight its wars, advise its sultans, and, in time, write its history. As a full-scale biography, the book is a rarity for the field of Ottoman history and reconstructs Vâsıf’s life, career, and opinions through meticulous research in both Ottoman and European sources. On the other hand, The First of the Modern Ottomans is also one of the first detailed intellectual studies of the early modern Ottoman Empire. Weaving together Vâsıf’s life and thought with the larger intellectual currents of his day – especially at the court of Sultan Selim III in Istanbul – it explores central debates among the Ottoman ruling elite over Europe, political reform, war and peace, justice, and the empire’s renewal. Vâsıf’s life reveals a vital response to the empire’s challenges at the turn of the nineteenth century – one that was novel and deeply enmeshed in Islamic philosophy, ethics, and statecraft.

For more information, please see CUP’s webpage.


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New Oxford Francis Bacon Website

New Oxford Francis Bacon Website

The Oxford Francis Bacon critical edition has a new website for its project to complete a 15-volume critical edition of the works of Francis Bacon (1561-1626), the Elizabethan-Jacobean lawyer, natural philosopher, and statesman. The website includes details of the contents of each volume, published and planned, as well as the official dates and short titles of every work written by Bacon. There is also a searchable bibliography of secondary publications on Bacon’s life and thought, currently including 1,100 entries, which the project intends to grow in the coming years.

For more details, see oxfordfrancisbacon.com.


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Registration Open: Early Modern Civil Religion Workshop

Registration Open: Early Modern Civil Religion Workshop

14 September 2017, Newcastle University

This one-day workshop proposes to open a discussion into civil religion in early modernity on its own terms, rather than as a subsect of existing scholarly narratives. It seeks to bring together scholars from different disciplinary spheres in order to encourage reflection on this notion of ‘civil religion,’ and to construct an understanding of its specific contribution to its intellectual and cultural context.

Speakers include: Mark Goldie (Cambridge) and Luisa Simonutti (Istituto per la storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico moderno).

The Workshop will begin at 11 am, in Seminar Room 2.22, The Research Beehive, Newcastle University. If you would like to attend, please email katherine.east@ncl.ac.uk by Friday 8th September. There is no registration fee for this event. Please indicate when registering if you would like to attend the conference dinner.

For further information, please see the conference website.


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CfP: Voyages: Journal of Contemporary Humanism

CfP: Voyages: Journal of Contemporary Humanism

Submissions Due: 1 November 2017

Voyages is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the legacies of humanism broadly and critically construed and is based out of NYU Florence. Its forthcoming issue will be devoted to authoritarianism in contemporary culture.

Scholarly and creative works from a wide range of genres (e.g., essays, short stories and poetry) and media (e.g., photography and visual art) that directly or indirectly address the authoritarian turn in contemporary politics are especially welcomed.

The deadline is November 1st. Submissions are accepted in English or Italian.

For further information, please click here.


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Two Jobs: Lecturer in Philosophy

Two Jobs: Lecturer in Philosophy

University of Western Australia

The School of Humanities offers a rich teaching and research environment spanning the disciplines of Philosophy, Classics and Ancient History, History, English and Cultural Studies and European Languages and Studies. As well as undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the School supports an active research program. The Discipline of Philosophy offers postgraduate and undergraduate programs in analytic philosophy broadly construed. The Discipline of Philosophy is committed to developing research and teaching collaborations with other disciplines both within the School of Humanities and across the University.

The first is an open opportunity: All areas of specialisation within philosophy will be considered. However, candidates who can teach in the areas of logic, philosophy of science or epistemology will be looked upon favourably. An ability to teach some of the history of philosophy is also very desirable. Ability to contribute to research and postgraduate teaching in the areas of time and/or artificial intelligence will be beneficial

The second is an opportunity for a specialist in political philosophy, broadly construed to contribute to research and postgraduate teaching in the areas of social justice and/or applied ethics and/or virtue ethics. An ability to teach feminist philosophy, aesthetics and ancient philosophy is also desirable.

Level B ($96,210 – $114,250) or C ($117,857 – $135,900).

For more information, please click here.


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Podcasts in Intellectual and Conceptual History

Podcasts in Intellectual and Conceptual History

Podcast Series

The ‘Crisis, extremes and Apocalypse’ research network was created in September 2016 under the aegis of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and aims to shed as many perspectives as possible on these themes from the early modern period onward (from music and philosophy to terrorism passing by Brexit, debates in early modern epistemology, revolutionary movements, religiosity in the modern world and even existential risks and artificial intelligence). The network’s approach is inherently interdisciplinary and seeks to approach these themes meta-critically by understanding their various deployments.

Podcasts of its talks in Intellectual and Conceptual History can be found here.

For further info and updates, join us on Facebook.


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