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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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CfP: The Patristic Legacy in Early Modern Culture

CfP: The Patristic Legacy in Early Modern Culture

30 September 2019, University of Cambridge

This upcoming conference invites graduate students and early-career scholars to examine the multi-faceted legacy of the Church Fathers in early modern Europe. The event will feature a keynote lecture entitled ‘We are what we read or we read what we are? The reception of Augustine of Hippo as a case-study’ by Professor Karla Pollmann (Bristol).

Submissions Due: 1 May 2019

Convened by Odile Panetta, Eloise Davies and Thomas Langley (contact email: trl36@cam.ac.uk)

For details and the full CfP, click here.

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

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

11-13 December 2019, Leuven

The conference will be organized by the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (LECTIO) and held at the University of Leuven (Belgium).

The aim of this conference is to study the polemical strategies and the modes of rivalry and alliance in scholarly debate from the 12th through the 17th centuries.

Dissent, polemics and rivalry have always been at the center 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, Catholics and Protestants) but also embodied in numerous literary genres and non-literary modes of expression (e.g. disputationes, invectives, consilia, images, carnivalesque parades, music, etc.) and discursive or political strategies (e.g. 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.

We actively invite papers from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (civil and canon law, philosophy, theology and religious studies, literary studies, historiography, art history, etc.) and aim to study texts in Latin, Greek and the vernacular, as well as pictorial and performative traditions. We do not only welcome specific case studies, but also strongly encourage broader (meta)perspectives, e.g. of a diachronic or transdisciplinary nature.

Submissions Due: 15 April 2019

For further details, please click here.

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Conference: Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

Conference: Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

5-6 April 2019, Trinity College Dublin

The Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub Neill Lecture Theatre on 5 and 6 April, 2019.

George Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) are standard texts in the philosophy curricula of most European and American universities. No other Irish philosopher, and no other work of Berkeley’s, has achieved this ‘canonical’ status. However, there was a vibrant philosophical scene in Ireland in Berkeley’s lifetime, to which Berkeley was far from the only contributor. Studying this broader Irish philosophical discussion will improve our understanding of Berkeley and also of early modern philosophy more generally.

The Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference will include general exploration of the intellectual culture of early modern Ireland as well as examination of specific thinkers with significant connections to Ireland active during Berkeley’s lifetime (1685–1753), including Robert Boyle (1627–1691); Edward Synge (1659–1741); John Toland (1670–1722); Peter Browne (d. 1735); Henry Maul (1676-1758); Mary Barber (c. 1685-1755); Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746); Constantia Grierson (1704-1732); Laetitia Pilkington (c. 1709-1750); and John Austin (1717-1784).

The schedule and full details are available here.

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Special Issue: Manipulating Flora: Seventeenth-Century Botanical Practices and Natural Philosophy

Manipulating Flora: Seventeenth-Century Botanical Practices and Natural Philosophy

Early Science and Medicine 23 (2018)

This special issue aims to explore the philosophical investigations of flora in the seventeenth century. In the early modern period, natural philosophers regarded plants not just as bodies that are collected for their rarity, curiosity or medical uses, but also as objects that could elucidate natural phenomena at large, which facilitated inquiries into fundamental natural processes, and served as fitting models to explain nature and life more generally. According to this interpretation, we canvass several case studies (vegetal magnetism, vegetal sensation, and vegetative powers and soul) to analyse the diversity of the early modern study of plants as an integral and critical part of natural philosophy.

Editors: Fabrizio Baldassari and Oana Matei

For details, please see the journal’s website.


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CfP: Scientiae: Early Modern Knowledge

CfP: Scientiae: Early Modern Knowledge

12-15 June 2019, Queen’s University, Belfast

Scientiae is the interdisciplinary conference on intellectual culture, 1400-1800. It is centred on, but not limited to, developments in the early-modern natural sciences. Philosophers, historians, literary scholars and others are invited to share their perspectives on this vital period. This conference at Queen’s University, Belfast 2019 will be our 8th annual meeting.

The schedule will include plenary addresses by: Ingrid Rowland (Notre Dame/Rome) & Rob Iliffe (Oxford) and plenary panels led by: Subha Mukherji (Cambridge) & Marco Sgarbi, Pietro Daniel Omodeo, and Craig Martin (Venice).

The steering committee seeks proposals for:

  • Individual (20-minute) papers: Please submit a descriptive title, 250-word abstract, and one-page CV.
  • Complete panels: Same as above for each paper, plus 150-word rationale for the panel. Maximum four panellists, plus chair (and/or respondent).
  • Workshops: One-page CV for each workshop leader, plus 250-word plan for the session: topic, techniques, hands-on resources, etc.
  • Seminars: One-page CV for each seminar leader, plus 250-word rationale for the session: its topic, and its suitability for treatment in seminar format.

Proposals should be sent to pertransibunt@gmail.com by 30 December 2018. The committee will respond by the end of January.

For more details, please see the conference website.


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CfP: Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe

CfP: Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe: New Directions in Practice, Policy & Scholarship

19-21 June 2019, Groningen

This conference will bring into conversation scholars, museum curators, heritage professionals, visual artists, as well as leaders of religious and secular organizations. Among the scholarly disciplines that we hope will contribute is intellectual history. Heritage is new area of promising research in religious-intellectual history. What better place to cogitate the postsecular than in the increasingly empty churches of Europe? What goes on, as religious spaces become spaces of heritage? How does the pluralization of the religious landscape pose new questions to heritage and the heritage discourse? If you are interested in these questions, please propose a paper or panel to our upcoming conference. There will also be a university summer school from June 17-21 for interested MA and PhD students. For more information about either, please contact Todd Weir (t.h.weir@rug.nl) or go the conference website listed above.

Organized by: University of Groningen, Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken (Groningen Historic Churches Foundation), Museum Catharijneconvent, Future for Religious Heritage, Jewish Cultural Quarter.

Submissions due: 1 December 2018.

Abstracts can be submitted to conference organizer Dr. Lieke Wijnia via: l.wijnia@rug.nl.

For further info, please see the conference website.


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  • #ISIH2020 Conference

    #ISIH2020 Conference

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