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CfP: Arendt Studies (Vol. 4)

CfP: Arendt Studies (Volume 4)

The 2019 issue of Arendt Studies is now out, including a special section (with contributions by Barbara Hahn, James McFarland, Thomas Wild, and Jana Schmidt) on the Critical Edition of Arendt’s Complete Works; original articles by Katy Fulfer and Rita A. Gardiner, Adi Armon, Jonathan Graubart, Edgar Straehle, Bulent Diken and Carsten Bagge Laustsen, Stefania Fantauzzi, Beltrán Undurraga, James Sias, and Hugo Strandberg; a review essay by Michelle-Irène Brudny; and book reviews by Katie B. Howard and Maša Mrovlje.

To read Arendt Studies online visit https://www.pdcnet.org/arendtstudies under “Current Issue + Archive”.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020 issue. If you would like to submit a paper for consideration please consult https://www.pdcnet.org/arendtstudies/Calls-for-Submissions.

All correspondence and inquiries may be sent to arendtst@ius.edu.

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Conference: Early Modern Antitrinitarianism and Italian Culture

Conference: Early Modern Antitrinitarianism and Italian Culture / Antitrinitarismo della prima età moderna e cultura italiana

30 March 2020, German Historical Institute in Rome

The theme of the workshop is the influence of Italian culture on the Antitrinitarian movements that spread through Europe in a more or less clandestine fashion during the Early Modern period. One of the objectives is to go back to the period preceding the activity of the Sozzini and of Servet. We will consider the influences on later Antitrinitarianism of humanist philology, prophetism and other trends in the Italian thought of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that made a crucial contribution to shaping the ideas of the Antitrinitarians about Biblical exegesis, spirituality, baptism and the Trinity. We will also discuss the mutual exchanges between different groups, in touch with one another despite the ongoing persecutions by both Catholics and Protestants. 

Participants: Riccarda Suitner (GHI Rome), Emese Balint (Columbia University, New York), Anne Overell (Durham University), Alexander Koller (GHI Rome), Sven Grosse (Universität Basel), Stefano Brogi (Università di Siena), Giorgio Caravale (Università di Roma Tre), Pasquale Terracciano (Firenze, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento), Ann Thomson (European University Institute), Girolamo Imbruglia (Università L’Orientale, Napoli).

Contact: Dr. Riccarda Suitner (suitner@dhi-roma.it).

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Job: Chair in Intellectual History (Renaissance to the present)

The Department of History and Civilization welcomes applications from candidates with an expertise in intellectual history, broadly understood, both European and global. The contract is for five years, renewable for a further three years. The European University Institute is an equal-opportunity employer. The successful candidate will be expected to provide major input in research, teaching, supervision and management, as follows:


  • To develop and lead research in the fields mentioned in the profile;
  • To promote the integration of his/her research with other research interests within the Department of History and Civilization as well as interdisciplinary research withthe other Departments and Centres of the EUI;
  • To maintain a high international profile of publications in books and in internationally recognised journals;
  • To attract research income on an individual basis and in collaboration with others.

Teaching and supervision:

  • To provide high quality doctoral supervision and attract research students to the EUI;
  • To teach effectively postgraduate students in introductory and research seminars;
  • To act as mentor for Max Weber postdoctoral fellows.


  • To make a significant contribution to the promotion of the EUI in the academic community of EUI member countries and beyond, and to contribute to the insertion of EUI alumni in professional life, especially in academic careers;
  • To make the best use of his/her research budget and try to complement it with outside funding;
  • To provide support for the Head of Department, amongst others by serving on appropriate Committees, and to contribute fully to the general life of the Department and the Institute;
  • To contribute to the promotion of cultural diversity in the Department and the EUI.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 27 February 2020.

Interested applicants should consult www.eui.eu/vacancies.

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Conference: Philosophy, Religion, and Science in Seventeenth-Century England

Conference: Philosophy, Religion, and Science in Seventeenth-Century England

28 March 2020, American University in Bulgaria (AUBG)

Attendance is welcome and free of charge, but those attending the event will need to cover their meals, travel, and accommodation expenses on their own. Participation certificates will be issued upon request. Those interested in attending this event are kindly invited to inform Prof. Diego Lucci in advance, and are welcome to ask for additional information at any time, via email at dlucci@aubg.edu.


11.30: Conference opening and welcome by AUBG President David R. Evans

11.40-12.20: Daniel Schwartz (AUBG): “Francis Bacon on the Certainty and Deceptiveness of Sense-Perception”

12.20-13.00: Bogdan Deznan (University of Bucharest): “The Metaphysics of Difference and the Issue of the Eternal Truths in the Cambridge Platonists”

13.00-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-14.40: Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest): “The Practice of Meditation in the Early Boyle”

14.40-15.20: Vassil Vidinsky (Sofia University): “Isaac Newton’s Experimental Philosophy and Its Methodological Influence”

15.20-16.00:Diego Lucci (AUBG): “Locke and the Socinians on the Natural and Revealed Law”

16.00-16.30: Coffee break

16.30-17.10: Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences): “Richard Kemp’s Voyages of Discovery: An Early Modern Student of Natural Philosophy and His Journey to Mexico as Reflected in His Correspondence with the Royal Society of London”

17.10-17.50: Benjamin I. Goldberg (University of South Florida): “Conceptions of Experience and Experiment in Early Modern English Recipe Collections”

17.50-18.30: Pierangelo Castagneto (AUBG): “Algernon Sidney and the Republican Tradition in Jeffersonian America”

Organizers: Benjamin I. Goldberg and Diego Lucci

For more details, please see the conference website.

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9th LECTIO International Conference: True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (c. 1100-1700)

9th LECTIO International Conference: True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (c. 1100-1700)

11-13 December 2019, Leuven

From 11 to 13 December, 2019, LECTIO, Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, is organizing its 9th international conference “True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (c. 1100-1700).”

Dissent, polemics and rivalry have always been at the centre of intellectual development. The scholarly Streitkultur was given a fresh impetus by the newly founded universities in the High Middle Ages and later turned into a quintessential part of early modern intellectual life. It was not only mirrored in various well-known intellectual debates and controversies – e.g. between Aristotelians and Augustinians, scholastics and humanists – but also embodied in numerous literary genres and non-literary modes of expression – e.g. disputationes, invectives, images, etc. – and discursive or political strategies – patronage, networks and alliances. Moreover, the harsh debates notwithstanding, consensus was also actively searched for, both within particular disciplines and within society as a whole.

The aim of this 3-day conference is to study the polemical strategies and the modes of rivalry and alliance in scholarly debate from the 12th through the 17th centuries. This conference follows upon the successful LECTIO conference of last year, which dealt with the same topic in Antiquity. 

Keynote speakers are prof. Leen Spruit (Nijmegen), prof. Anita Traninger (Berlijn) and prof. Laura Beck Varela (Madrid).

Registrations Due: 27 November 2019

Please see the website for further conference information.

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CfP: Telling a Different Story: Non-Linear Narratives in Early Modern History

CfP: Telling a Different Story: Non-Linear Narratives in Early Modern History

19-20 March 2020, ICUB – University of Bucharest

The workshop at the ICUB – University of Bucharest is intended for scholars from different fields of early modern studies, who want to explore alternative paths in the narration of early modern culture. Rather than proceeding along well-trodden paths, non-linear narratives aim to shed new focus on the less well-known corners, and move in the more ‘secluded’ regions of the past. When applied to the writing of history, the idea of non-linear narratives invites, on the one hand, to deliberate the theoretical nature of narrative structures and temporalities; on the other hand, it raises practical questions on how to employ non-linear narratives in historical writings and find alternatives to ‘genealogical’ writings that track the lineages of new, ideas, practices, and institutions.

Invited Speakers: Francesco Barreca (Museo Galileo), Dominique Brancher (Basel University), Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Copenhagen University), Christiane Frey (Humboldt University Berlin), Christia Mercer (Columbia University), Iolanda Ventura (University of Bologna).

Submission Deadline: 15 December 2019

Organisers: Fabrizio Baldassarri & Matthias Roick

For more info, please see the workshop website.

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Civil Religion: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

Conference: Civil Religion: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

23-24 October 2019, Newcastle University

This event brings together Historians, Classicists, Literary Scholars and Political Scientists to develop a longue durée perspective on the complex relationship between Church and State. By focussing on the proposed solution of a Civil Religion, this conference will bring together the different intellectual and religious legacies which informed this tradition. 

Speakers include: Ronald Beiner, Mark Goldie, Jacqueline Rose, Jorg Rüpke, Polly Ha and John Marshall.

Last Registration: 27 September 2019

For more info and to register, please see the conference website.

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New Book: Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill

New Book: Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill (Routledge, 2018)

Julie Davies

Best known as the Saducismus triumphatus (1681), Joseph Glanvill’s book on witchcraft is among the most frequently published from the seventeenth century, and its arguments for the reality of diabolic witchcraft elicited passionate responses from critics and supporters alike. Davies untangles the intricate development of this text and explores how Glanvill’s roles as theologian, philosopher and advocate for the Royal Society of London converge in its pages. Glanvill’s broader philosophical method and unique approach to the supernatural provide a case study that enables the exploration of the interaction between the rise of experimental science and changing attitudes to witchcraft.

Julie Davies is a Research Assistant at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne.

For details, please see the Routledge website.

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CfP: States, Empires, Global Spaces: Visions of order beyond liberal internationalism

CfP: States, Empires, Global Spaces: Visions of order beyond liberal internationalism

8 November 2019, University of Manchester

States, Empires, Global Spaces: Visions of order beyond liberal internationalism is a one-day conference exploring the ideas and practices of international relations from an historical perspective. We invite applications from researchers in history, international relations, international law, political theory.

The conference will take place on 8 November 2019 at the University of Manchester and the keynote address will be delivered by Or Rosenboim (City, University of London). The deadline for abstracts is 31 July 2019.

The conference is part of the History of International Thought Network. This academic network aims to bring together researchers to investigate the history of modern thinking on international relations and global orders.

Submissions Due: 31 July 2019

For further details, see the conference website.

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The 8th London Summer School in Intellectual History

The Annual London Summer School in Intellectual History is a rare opportunity for graduate students to acquire further training in the discipline and its different methodologies, as well as to meet a great number of academics and graduate students working in many different fields in intellectual history and related sub-disciplines. Running from (Tuesday) 3 to (Friday) 6 September 2019, the 8thAnnual Summer School will include:

  • Special workshops on methodological approaches to intellectual history
  • Masterclasses discussing texts distributed and read in advance
  • Feedback on current research (following brief student presentations)
  • Advice on writing and publishing
  • A colloquium on ‘The Global South in Intellectual History’

Applications are welcome from doctoral students in intellectual history and related disciplines (the history of philosophy, literature, politics, law, political science, Classics) as well as MA/MSc students intending to conduct future research in this area. London is now one of the leading international centres of research and teaching in the history of political thought and intellectual history with a dedicated graduate programme and year-round research seminars, conferences, and workshops. The Summer School, now in its eighth year, is run jointly by University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

This year Keynote Lectures will be delivered by:

Professor Quentin Skinner (QMUL): ‘Thomas Hobbes: Picturing the State’

Professor Anthony LaVopa (North Carolina State University): ‘Character and Reputation: A Woman among Men of Letters’

The discussions will be led by academics from the different branches of the University of London, other UK universities and from overseas. In past years these have included Caroline Ashcroft, Richard Bourke, Katrina Forrester, Maurizio Isabella, Aline-Florence Manent, Mira Siegelberg, Quentin Skinner, Gareth Stedman Jones, Barbara Taylor,  Georgios Varouxakis (QMUL); Hannah Dawson, Humeira Iqtidar, Jeremy JenningsNiall O’Flaherty, Paul Sagar (KCL); Michael Lobban, Lea Ypi (LSE); Julia Ng (Goldsmiths); Valentina ArenaAngus Gowland, Julian Hoppit, Axel Körner, Miriam Leonard, Avi Lifschitz, Nicola Miller (UCL). From outside the University of London, they have also included David Armitage (Harvard), Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS Paris), Arnault Skornicki (Université Paris Nanterre), Jérémie Barthas (CNRS, Lille), Anthony La Vopa (North Carolina), Ritchie Robertson (Oxford), Iain McDaniel and the late Donald Winch (Sussex), Richard Whatmore (St Andrews), Duncan Kelly (Cambridge), Felicity Green(Edinburgh), Mónica Brito Vieira (York), Liisi Keedus (York/Tallinn), Iain Hampsher-Monk (Exeter), Martin van Gelderen(Göttingen), Knud Haakonssen (Erfurt), Or Rosenboim (City University), and others.

Dates and fees: The event starts on Tuesday 3 September 2019 in the evening (5.00pm) and ends in the early afternoon (4.00pm) on Friday 6 September 2019. It will take place at University College London [UCL], in the historic Bloomsbury area of central London. Participants are required to contribute £185, which covers tuition, lunches, and a reception on the first evening. In addition, those who need accommodation in central London can book a reserved room in one of the UCL Halls of Residencefrom £64.30 (£53.84 plus VAT)per night. The recommended Hall of Residence is John Dodgson House on Bidborough Street.

How to apply: Please send a brief CV (up to two pages) and a brief abstract of current or future research (up to 200 words) to Aleksandra Kaye – email: aleksandra.kaye.18@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline is Monday 17 June 2019. 

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  • #ISIH2020 Conference

    #ISIH2020 Conference

    #ISIH2020 will take place 27-29 May at the European University Institute.