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American Friends of the Warburg MA Scholarship in Intellectual or Art History

The American Friends of the Warburg Institute are funding a new scholarship which will cover the fees for a student from North America to study on one of our MA programmes in 2018/19: MA in Cultural and Intellectual History and the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture.

To apply you need to be a citizen of a country within North America and have submitted a complete application (including references and transcripts) to the School of Advanced Study Registry by the deadline.

How to Apply

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation.

Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the Warburg Institute. In addition to completing the application form applicants must:

  • Have submitted a full application (including references and transcripts) to the School of Advanced Study Registry by 31 August.
  • Be a citizen of a country within North America
  • Be self-funded

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2018

For more details, see The Warburg Institute’s website.

 

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CfP: Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality and the Awesome Universe

CfP: Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality and the Awesome Universe

Science, Religion & Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal

One often cited premise is that the work of modern scientists like Copernicus and Darwin served to remove our home planet and humanity from their special place in the cosmos as previously upheld by religious and spiritual traditions. Nonetheless, religion and spirituality have proven to be an enduring feature of the human landscape even for many scientists, in part, because religious and spiritual expressions have themselves shifted to tolerate, accommodate, and even promote new cosmologies. Additionally, more contemporary developments in scientific theory such as: big bang cosmology, quantum field theory, ‘mitochondrial Eve’, the multiverse, the Gaia hypothesis, the singularity, or the anthropic principle have lent themselves to religious and spiritual readings. Compounding the tensions active here, many of these religious and spiritual readings lie outside the aims, scopes, and intensions of the scientists who first formulated these concepts.

The winter 2019 issue of Science, Religion, and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journalseeks to wade into these issues and provide a platform to start and deepen interdisciplinary conversations amongst scientists, social scientists, and humanity scholars concerning the roles and place of humanity within the dynamic, fascinating, and sometimes awe-inspiring cosmos that comes into view via modern and after-modern science. In light of our goal to foster such dialogue, we invite original articles addressing the special issue theme “Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality and the Awesome Universe” from academics engaging in a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including scientists and scholars of science and religion.

Please submit full manuscripts conforming to the provided style sheet to journal@science-religion.ca by September 20th, 2018. Quality manuscripts will be subjected to double-blind peer review. Accepted articles will be published in early 2019. Please direct any questions about possible submissions to Science, Religion, and Society’s editor, Dr. Christopher Hrynkow, at chrynkow@stmcollege.ca.

For further details, please download the submission guidelines.

 

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The Journal of Early Modern Studies Needs Your Help!

Dear colleagues and friends,

We need your help. Recent developments in Romania are making it more and more difficult to keep up the Journal of Early Modern Studies (JEMS) on our research funds. In order to keep the journal going we need subscriptions, both individual and institutional.

As some of you know, the Journal of Early Modern Studies was founded in 2013, by Vlad Alexandrescu and Dana Jalobeanu, with Sorana Corneanu as a book editor and with a prestigious, active and very helpful editorial board, comprising: Igor Agostini, Peter Anstey, Roger Ariew, Daniel Garber, Peter Harrison, Cristoph Lüthy, Koen Vermeir. JEMS  is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal in intellectual history, dedicated to the investigation of the interactions between philosophy, science and religion in early modern Europe. Since 2013 we have published 12 issues, with a frequency of 2 issues per year, a special issue and a general issue. Three more issue are in preparation: a special issue on The Mathematization of Natural Philosophy between Practical Knowledge and Disciplinary Blending edited by Dana Jalobeanu and Grigore Vida, the general issue for 2018, and a special issue on Common Notions in Early Modern Thought (guest editor: Andreas Blank).

The Journal of Early Modern Studies is idexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ISI Thomson) and ERIH+, and can be also found on CEEOL, EBSCO, EBSCO Discover, Google Books, Google Scholar, Philosophy Documentation Center, Philosophy Research Index, PhilPapers, ProQuest Summon, WorldCat Local.

We have come a long way in the past 6 years and we would like to be able to keep going. You can help us in three ways:

  1. By acquiring an individual online subscription, 45 USD/year; you can acquire an individual online subscription here:

https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/journal?openform&journal=pdc_jems

  1. By buying individual issues (on paper) directly from the publisher; you can buy individual issues here:

http://www.zetabooks.com/journals/journal-of-early-modern-studies.html

  1. By recommending JEMS to your librarian. Online institutional subscriptions (150 USD/year) can also be acquired online via:

https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/journal?openform&journal=pdc_jems

We hope that with your help we can take JEMS at the next level, developing it into a world-class journal in the field of early modern philosophy and the sciences.

Sincerely yours,

Dana Jalobeanu & Vlad Alexandrescu

For more information, please see the JEMS Website.

 

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Conference: Vegetative Powers: Endowing Bodily Life from the Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period

Conference: Vegetative Powers: Endowing Bodily Life from the Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period

12-13 September 2018, Università di Padova

The conference aims at analysing the various attempts to deal with the bodily activities traditionally attributed to vegetative powers—nutrition, generation, sleep, and metabolism—that served for the understanding and definition of life. Vegetative powers are a key topic for any comprehension of living bodies and definition of life: to vegetate is a crucial way to define life in bodies. Traditionally attributed to either natural spirit or the vegetative soul, vegetative activities regulated the development and maintenance of life and, thus, served to differentiate between inert and living bodies. Such operations endowed living beings with basic activities and characterized the most basic soul-body relationship common to all living beings.

The event has been co-organized by Fabrizio Baldassarri, Andreas Blank, and Fabio Zampieri.

For further details, please see the conference website.

 

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Job: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (3 years)

Job: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (3 years)

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at The University of Queensland is dedicated to high level research in a range of humanities disciplines, with particular strengths in Intellectual and Literary History, History of Science, History of Religion, History of Sexuality, Critical and Cultural Studies, and Asian Digital Cultures. It has a core of permanent research-focused academics and postdoctoral researchers working on specific projects, and hosts short stay Faculty and Visiting Fellows.  IASH has an excellent success rate in securing externally-funded research grants and a strong record of high quality publications.

IASH is seeking to appoint a three-year postdoctoral research fellow to contribute to one of the research programmes of the Institute.  Candidates with expertise in one of following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  1. Intellectual History, including history of science, history of religion, history of sexuality
  2. Science and Religion
  3. Literary Studies
  4. Cultural Studies (including Asian Digital Cultures)

The Role:

The successful candidate will conduct research on a topic that will contribute to existing IASH research programmes (see https://iash.uq.edu.au/research). (Candidates should prepare a 2-page outline of their proposed project.) They will engage in research and publication associated with the project, and, where appropriate, develop other independent and collaborative research projects, and contribute more generally to the service and engagement activities of the Institute.

The Person:

Applicants require a PhD and experience in a field of humanities relevant to the proposed programme of research. The candidate should also be able to independently construct and carry out the proposed research project. Starting Date is flexible, but ideally on or before February 1, 2019.

Closing date: 27 July 2018

Further details can be found here.

 

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CfP: The Body and Politics (Graduate Conference)

CfP: The Body and Politics (Graduate Conference)

18-19 March 2019, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Keynote speaker: Dr Anna Becker (University of Copenhagen)

The 2019 Cambridge Graduate Conference in Political Thought and Intellectual History will be on the theme ‘The Body and Politics’. We invite graduate students to consider the multifaceted ways in which the body can be read into, and through, the political.

Deadline for abstracts: 31 October 2018

For the full call for papers, see the website or the Facebook page.

 

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CfP: Ninth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

CfP: Ninth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

15-17 May 2019, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII, Bologna

May 15-17, 2019, the Ninth Annual RefoRC Conference will take place in Bologna, hosted by the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII. Short paper proposals on all disciplines related to Early Modern Christianity, ca. 1450-1650, such as philosophy, law, history, theology, etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers, are welcome before March 1, 2019.

In the fourth centenary of the Defenestration of Prague, this momentous incident, which was fraught with ominous consequences, has to be reconsidered not as a circumstance merely stemming from the Holy Roman Empire’s endemic political instability, but as a crucial event in European history belonging to a broader chronological and geographical framework. Part of the issues this event raises are connected to a longue durée process of Konfessionalisierung redesigning the political and religious categories of a Christian West in which the reform of the Church had been deferred for too long. This is to say that intra-Christian violence, devastating Europe from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century, was rooted in the violence on which the Christendom regime had been built upon three hundred years before, and was in turn fed by the delay in Church reform and the idea of defence against external enemies (i.e. the Ottoman Empire), which at the beginning was looked at as necessary war.

The plenary lectures are focusing on the topics of war, violence, peace, tolerance, and intolerance in the context of a multi-confessional Europe going roughly from the Diet of Augsburg (1530) to the Peace of Westphalia (1648).

Plenary Speakers:

  • Angela de Benedictis (Bologna): Theories of War, Revolt and Resistance in Early Modern Italy
  • Ian Campbell (Belfast): Early Modern University Debates on War and Religion
  • Irene Dingel (Mainz): Compelled to Peace. Religious Peace Agreements as a Path to Confessional Co-existence
  • Rebecca Giselbrecht (Zurich): Women at War – The Swiss Connections
  • Mark Greengrass (Sheffield): Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century and the Problem of Trust
  • Graeme Murdock (Dublin): TBA

Submissions Due: 1 March 2019

For more information and to register, please click here.

 

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Conference: Ideas of Poverty in the Age of Enlightenment

Conference: Ideas of Poverty in the Age of Enlightenment

5–6 September 2018, King’s College London

Although the Age of Enlightenment saw the development of radically new approaches to comprehending and reforming society and politics, our current understanding is that the existence of poverty was rarely problematized by eighteenth-century thinkers, writers and officials – notwithstanding that ‘the poor’ made up the clear majority of Europe’s population. This picture only changed in the transformative decade of the 1790s. This conference brings together historians with a wide range of geographical and theoretical expertise to re-examine the ways in which poverty was conceptualised in the social, political and religious discourses of eighteenth-century Europe.

The conference is generously supported by the King’s College London Faculty of Humanities Research Grant Programme, Dept. of History Research Fund and Centre for Enlightenment Studies; University College London’s History Dept. Events Fund; and the Royal Historical Society.

Registration:

Those wishing to attend are requested to register by emailing Niall O’Flaherty (niall.o’flaherty@kcl.ac.uk) and Robin Mills (robin.mills@ucl.ac.uk) by 31 August. Places are limited and will be offered on a rolling basis.

Convenors: Niall O’Flaherty (KCL) and Robin Mills (UCL).

To download the programme, please click here.

 

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Event: Manuscript Workshop on Professor Annelien de Dijn’s Freedom: An Unruly History

Call for Participation: Manuscript Workshop on Professor Annelien de Dijn (University of Utrecht), Freedom: An Unruly History (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).

3 September 2018, Strand Campus, King’s College London

The Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s College London, with support from the Leverhulme Trust, is proud to host a manuscript workshop of Professor de Dijn’s forthcoming Freedom: An Unruly History. This will take the form of five hour-long chapter-by-chapter sessions opened by commentators and then taking the form of general discussion.

For expressions of interest in attending or for further details please email robin.mills@ucl.ac.ukasap. Places are limited so please email asap. Chapters will be disseminated from early July onwards. Participation at this event involves committing to reading as much of the manuscript as possible and attending with the intention to contribute to discussion if possible. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a subsidised dinner for attendees.

Convenors: Niall O’Flaherty and Robin Mills, with the support of Hannah Dawson

Commentators: David Carter (Reading), Angus Gowland (UCL), Julia Nicholls (KCL), Caroline Ashcroft (QMUL)

For more information, please email robin.mills@ucl.ac.uk.

 

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Conference: Erudition, Antiquity, and The Enlightenment in Rome, c.1600-c.1800

Conference: Erudition, Antiquity, and The Enlightenment in Rome, c.1600-c.1800

7 June 2018, St John’s College, Cambridge

The principal objective of the conference is to examine the connections between erudition, antiquity, and the Enlightenment in early-modern Rome. It takes place at a propitious moment, as a series of notable recent studies have shown how erudition informed many significant intellectual transformations in this period: the proto-anthropology associated with the age of exploration; the destabilization of the Biblical text; the florescence of political thought in the wake of the Thirty Years’ War; and the emergence of textual ‘diplomatics’ and the state-administered archive.

Although the Catholic world remained at the forefront of erudition throughout the period, this fact is only now being given the acknowledgement it deserves, in place of the assumption – often unconsciously drawn from contemporary Protestant polemic – that Catholic scholarship was intellectually misguided. By bringing together eminent and rising names in the field, the conference will provide an opportunity for reflection on how Rome can be fitted within this new scholarly landscape particularly as it relates to four developments: the status of erudition in the ‘Age of Confessions’; the role of the erudite ‘Republic of Letters’ in fostering pan-European bonds of intellectual exchange; the intrusions of government censorship on scholarly practices; and the place of erudition in the emergence of the European Enlightenment.

Participants include Alexander Bevilacqua, Piet van Boxel, Maria Pia Donato, Theo Dunkelgrün, Jan Machielsen, Kirsten Macfarlane, Scott Mandelbrote, Timothy Twining, John Robertson, Daniel Stolzenberg, Felix Waldmann, and Joanna Weinberg.

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required.

The conference has been generously supported by the Trevelyan and Lightfoot Funds (History Faculty, Cambridge), Christ’s College, Cambridge, and St John’s College, Cambridge.

Please use RSVP by e-mail to few23@cam.ac.uk.

 

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  • 2019 ISIH Conference

    2019 ISIH Conference

    #ISIH2019 will take place 5-7 June 2019 at the University of Queensland.