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Symposium: Spinoza and Contemporary Political Philosophy

Symposium: Spinoza and Contemporary Political Philosophy (in honor of Professor Emeritus Gerasimos Vokos)

20 June 2017, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

A symposium on this subject will take place in the Maurice Saltiel Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, on 20 June 2017 (9.35 am–18.30 pm). The participants include Etienne Balibar, Kiarina Kordela, Pierre François Moreau, Gerasimos Vokos. Attendance is free. The symposium will be in French and English simultaneous translation will be provided. The symposium is organized by the School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Baruch Spinoza is acknowledged to be a key figure in the development of modern philosophy and political science. However much of the recent interest in his work tends to focus on historically oriented scholarship. Many current moral and political thinkers overlook his connection to the present, missing out on a major source of insight for today’s moral and political issues.

While some recent established scholars of Spinoza have applied his methods and ideas to contemporary problems, we think that this discussion deserves both greater attention and continued development. To this end, our symposium, which marks the retirement of Professor Gerasimos Vokos, will facilitate this dialogue in order to promote further application of Spinoza’s ideas to contemporary moral and political issues.

For further info, please see the conference website.

 

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CfP: Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference 2018

CfP: Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference 2018

24-26 May 2018, University of Warsaw

The Reformation was closely tied to the renovation of educational models from its very beginning. By questioning the model of the medieval university and establishing new pedagogical solutions, early modern scholars and teachers shaped subsequent generations of clergy and laity, enabling them to work for their local communities and engage in the public sphere. Often these educational agendas went well beyond changes in curricula and were oriented towards much deeper goals, such as the shaping of confessional identity or the achieving of universal religious peace through the advancement of learning. As one of the leading research and educational institutions in Poland and East-Central Europe, the University of Warsaw is the perfect venue to ask further questions about the complex relations between early modern religious and pedagogical reforms. The plenary papers will offer a multi-faceted approach to this topic and will be accompanied by a series of short papers discussing all kinds of subjects related to the history of the Reformation. The aim of the conference is thus to broaden and contextualize the intersections between religious and educational reform.

Short Papers, Panels, and General Attendance:

The conference is open to individual short paper presentations (20-minute presentations) and to thematic sessions of two or three short papers. While we encourage papers on the conference theme, papers can also focus on all disciplines related to the sixteenth-century Reformations, such as philosophy, law, history, theology, etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers.

Short paper proposals are welcome before March 1, 2018.

The language of the conference is English, but also papers in French and German will be welcomed.

For further info, please see the conference website.

 

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CfP: Inclusion and Exclusion in the History of Ideas

CfP: Inclusion and Exclusion in the History of Ideas

14-15 December 2017, Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History

The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History invites paper and panel proposals for its first international conference, which will take place 14-15 December 2017. Papers and panels should address intellectual history, broadly speaking, and relate to the general conference theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’. While the theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’ can be approached from many different perspectives and applied to many different topics, research in fields related to intellectual history has not prominently done so thus far.

Proposals for individual papers and panels of multiple papers are welcome at intellectual-history@helsinki.fi. The deadline for submissions is 30 June. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 21 July. Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes with 10 minutes reserved for questions and comments. Panels may include up to four papers.

The conference is free of charge, but participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation. We will provide information on discounted hotel rates and a list of recommended hotels. Lunches and a conference dinner will be provided for presenters.

The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History has its own working paper series (‘Intellectual History Archive’) through which papers may be circulated and published afterwards.

The conference is organized by the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History and is supported by the Centre of Excellence on Reason and Religious Recognition, HELDIG and the project History, Nature and Empire in Eighteenth-Century Europe.

For further info, please see the conference webpage.

 

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New Book: Einstein and Twentieth-Century Politics

Einstein and Twentieth-Century Politics: ‘A Salutary Moral Influence’

By Richard Crockatt

Einstein and Twentieth Century Politics (Oxford University Press) is the first comprehensive study of his politics, covering his opinions and campaigns on pacifism, Zionism, control of nuclear weapons, world government, freedom, and racial equality. Most studies look at Einstein in isolation but here he is viewed alongside a ‘liberal international’ of global intellectuals, including Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, Bertrand Russell, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Romain Rolland, Thomas Mann, and John Dewey. Einstein’s complex and enigmatic personality, which combined intense devotion to privacy and a capacity to perform on the public stage, also contributed to the Einstein myth. Studying Einstein’s politics, it is argued here, takes us not only into the mind of Einstein but to the heart of the great public issues of the twentieth century.

For more information, please see OUP’s Website.

 

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CfP: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment

CfP: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment (The David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XVI)

13-15 December 2017, Griffith University and the University of Queensland

A preoccupation with the idea and use of ‘nature’ was an important characteristic of the Enlightenment. Long considered a pivotal moment in the development of modernity, the Enlightenment is now also regarded as a turning point in the emergence of the Anthropocene, as new conceptions of the relationship between human society and the natural world influenced all manner of discourses and practices, from politics to aesthetics, theology to botany, gardening to pet-keeping, and industrial production to colonial governance. But the meanings and purposes of nature were heterogeneous, giving rise to a number of diverse Enlightenments. As an intellectual movement as well as a social process, which varied according to geographical region, the Enlightenment was experienced in different ways by different peoples in different places. Placing emphasis on feeling no less than reason, it also took different forms in different genres of art and writing. And this plurality multiplied as the reach of European empires grew and Enlightenment attitudes and activities migrated to new spaces, where they were transformed by local circumstances. Far from being a monolithic phenomenon, the Enlightenment comprised a cluster of interacting but opposing tendencies, from nationalism to globalism, secularism to revivalism, liberalism to conservatism, and libertine excess to moral reform.

The David Nichol Smith Seminar is the official conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. In 2017, it is generously supported by the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research; the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University; the Enlightenment and Romanticism Research Network, Griffith University; the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Queensland Node; the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland; the Sydney Intellectual History Network, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney; and the National Library of Australia.

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies invites you to the sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, hosted by Griffith University and the University of Queensland. We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed. In the inclusive spirit of the David Nichol Smith Seminar, proposals may address any aspect of the long eighteenth century. Especially relevant topics include:

  • Enlightenment and religion, science, empire or gender
  • Popular, moderate and radical enlightenments
  • Regional, national and global enlightenments
  • Climate, the environment and the Anthropocene
  • Emotion, sentimentalism and the language of feeling
  • Theories of human nature and civil society
  • Improvement and social utility
  • Travel, exploration and discovery
  • Trade and commerce
  • Philanthropy and the culture of moral/social reform
  • Spaces of sociability such as clubs, salons, coffeehouses and taverns
  • Urban and rural spaces
  • Ideas of landscape and forms of land use
  • Nature in art, literature and music
  • Natural history, natural philosophy, natural law and natural theology
  • Nature in economic and political writing
  • Nature, medicine, sexuality and the body
  • Botany, geology and geography
  • Representations and uses of animals
  • Work, leisure, technology and industrialisation

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and panels comprising 3 x papers. Please submit an abstract of 250 words (maximum) and a 2-page CV, as PDF documents, to the following email address by 1 August 2017: dnsconferenceqld@gmail.com.

Please note that participants must be current members of ANZSECS.

For more information, please see the conference website.

 

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Workshop on Crises of Meaning and Political Theology

Workshop on Crises of Meaning and Political Theology

6 June 2017, University of Oxford

The ‘Crisis, Extremes and Apocalypse’ research network at TORCH is delighted to host a workshop on ‘Crises of Meaning and Political Theology’ on the afternoon of 6 June.

Speakers will include:

  • Martin Ruehl (Cambridge), “Ernst Kantorowicz and the Politics of Political Theology”
  • Amir Engel (Hebrew University), “On Real and Imagined Catastrophes: Gershom Scholem’s Sabbatinism.”
  • Julia Ng (Goldsmith’s), “Surrealism’s Political-Theological Afterlife: Benjamin—Blumenberg—Taubes.”
  • Carolin Duttlinger (Oxford), ”Rescue in the Face of Danger: Benjamin, Goethe, Sebald”
  • Hjalmar Falk (Oxford/Gothenburg), “The Modern Epimetheus. Carl Schmitt’s Marian Katechontism”
  • Jean-Claude Monond (ENS), ‘”Progress, Providence, Eschaton: Löwith, Blumenberg, and After”

All are welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided. For information, please contact Audrey Borowski at audreyborowski@yahoo.com or visit http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/clone-sacrifice-revisited.

Open to all
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
1:00pm to 7:00pm
History Faculty, George Street, 41-47 George St, Oxford OX1 2BE
Lecture Theatre, University of Oxford, UK

For more information, please see the conference website.

 

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Workshop: Hume’s Thought and Hume’s Circle

Workshop: Hume’s Thought and Hume’s Circle

22 June 2017, IASH, University of Edinburgh

A workshop on this subject will take place in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh on 22 June 2017 (1.45 pm–5.50 pm). The participants include Thomas Ahnert, James Harris, Catherine Jones, Robin Mills, Nicholas Phillipson, and Felix Waldmann. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required. Please email iash@ed.ac.uk to pre-register. The workshop is funded by the Susan Manning Workshop fund (IASH) and the University of Edinburgh Eighteenth-Century and Enlightenment Studies Network.

Further information is available on the conference website.

 

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CfP: Histories of Anthropology: Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970)

CfP: Histories of Anthropology: Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970)

18-19 September 2017

“Histories of Anthropology: Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970)” will be held at the University of Cambridge on 18-19 September 2017. The conference committee is currently accepting abstracts (max. 300 words) until 20 May 2017. The remit for the conference is broad and covers all aspects of the history of anthropology, but we are especially interested in receiving proposals for papers on transnational and trans-colonial perspectives on the modern history of anthropology. Abstracts or questions can be emailed to the conference committee at anthropology.history.cambridge@gmail.com. We encourage submissions from academics at any stage of their careers. Accepted papers will be announced by early June and limited funding will be available to support travel and accommodation. A teleconferencing ability will also be present if participants are unable to travel.

Submissions Due: 20 May 2017

 

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CfP: Political Philosophy and its History: Leo Strauss and Beyond

CfP: Political Philosophy and its History: Leo Strauss and Beyond

6-7 December 2017, KU Leuven

Leo Strauss is widely considered one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of 20th century. He is best known for providing insightful and challenging studies of several canonical thinkers in the history of political philosophy (Plato, Aristotle Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche etc.) but also for his illuminating analyses of less conventional thinkers that he included in the canon (Thucydides, Xenophon, Lucretius, Marsilius of Padua, Moses Maimonides, Al Farabi etc.). Strauss’ approach to the history of political philosophy is based on some assumptions that have been controversial: the idea that there is a ‘perennial’ dialogue among great philosophers, the querelle between classical and modern philosophy, the
relationship between esoteric and exoteric writing, the tension between reason and revelation. Reflecting on Strauss’ thought leads us to ask questions that are crucial for political philosophers: what is the relationship between political philosophy and its history? Is there a specific philosophical way to study the history of political ideas? What is the relevance of the theological-political problem in political philosophy and its history?

This call for papers​ aims to address these questions, welcoming papers that will explore the relationship between political philosophy and its history in Leo Strauss and/or alternative perspectives. Strauss’ methodology was developed in contrast to more ‘classical’ approaches to the history of political philosophy (for example Hegelianism, Marxism, Collingwood’s history of ideas, Nietzsche’s genealogies) and can be compared to other contemporary approaches to the history of political ideas. We accept papers from any period and discipline. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Strauss and classical theorists of philosophical history (Hegel, Marx, Collingwood, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Cassirer etc.)
  • Strauss and his contemporary fellow philosophers (for example Arendt, Popper, Schmitt, Aron, Berlin, Gilson, Gadamer etc.)
  • Comparisons between Strauss’ and other perspectives on the history of political ideas (hermeneutic, phenomenology, genealogy, post-structuralism, Begriffsgeschichte, Cambridge school)
  • The relationship between reason and revelation in classical and modern political philosophers
  • Comparisons between ancient/medieval and modern political philosophers
  • Case-studies of esoteric-exoteric writing in the history of political philosophy
  • The theological-political problem in political philosophy
  • Questions such as: is there a specific philosophical way to do history of political philosophy? What is the relationship between political philosophy and its history?

This conference is organized by RIPPLE, the research political philosophy group at KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy. To submit a paper proposal, please email a short CV and abstract of no more than 500 words (along with affiliation) to strauss@kuleuven.be by 30 June 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 20 July 2017.

The keynote speakers are Arthur Melzer (Michigan State University); Daniel Tanguay (University of Ottawa); David Janssens (Tilburg University).

 

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Conference Programme: Fractured States in the History of Political Thought

Conference Programme: Fractured States in the History of Political Thought

29-30 June 2017, University College London

We are pleased to announce that the programme for the 8th Annual London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought on ‘Fractured States’ is now available to download. The conference will feature a keynote lecture by Annabel Brett (Cambridge), opening remarks from Richard Bourke (QMUL), and a concluding roundtable with Valentina Arena (UCL), Quentin Skinner (QMUL), Richard Bourke (QMUL), and Nicola Miller (UCL). The conference is free to attend, but registration is essential.

To register, please see the conference website.

 

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