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PhD Studentship at Newcastle: ‘Intellectual Life at the Lit & Phil’

PhD Studentship at Newcastle: ‘Intellectual Life at the Lit & Phil’

Applications due: 23 February 2020

Newcastle University is pleased to advertise an AHRC-funded PhD studentship on ‘Intellectual Life at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society, 1793-1825’, to be held at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of Newcastle University, in partnership with the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne, from October 2020. The project is funded by a Collaborative Doctoral Award granted by the Northern Bridge Consortium – Doctoral Training Partnership. A summary is pasted below; more detail is available at here, and a person specification here.

Applicants must submit a CV and a cover letter summarising their research interests and expertise to Professor Federico Santangelo (federico.santangelo@ncl.ac.uk) by 4pm on Monday 23 February 2020.

Suitable candidates will be interviewed by a selection panel consisting of the prospective supervisory team. Informal queries are welcome. Thank you.

About the project:

Intellectual Life at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society, 1793-1825

This project focuses on a major, unique primary resource that has so far been largely overlooked: a body of archival material located in the collections of Newcastle upon Tyne’s Literary and Philosophical Society, dating from the years immediately following the Society’s foundation, 1793 to 1825. The aims of this project are, firstly, to catalogue the fully material so that it may become an accessible resource for scholars and other interested parties, and secondly, to bring out the significance of this archive’s contents to the intellectual culture and heritage of Newcastle, and beyond.

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CfP: The Devil 20/20

CfP: The Devil 20/20

12-14 November 2020, University of King’s College, Halifax

“The Devil 20/20” explores the nature, significance, and operation of demonism and demonization at all points in the western tradition. This conference will bring together scholars interested in the social construction of the devil and the impact of demonism across different chronological periods and from diverse methodological perspectives. It aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that addresses challenging questions about how notions of the demonic are shaped by cultural priorities and anxieties, by professional discerners and the media, and by discourses of fear and safety. “The Devil 20/20” will investigate why these images repeat throughout the ages and why they continue to have resonance in the modern world.

Submissions due: 15 April 2020 to: devil2020conference@gmail.com.

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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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  • #ISIH2020 Conference

    #ISIH2020 Conference

    #ISIH2020 (27-29 May, European University Institute), has been cancelled.