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CfP: “The great protector of wits.” D’Holbach 1789-2019

CfP: “The great protector of wits.” D’Holbach 1789-2019

9-11 May 2019, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen

230 years after his death, Baron Paul Henri Thiry d’Holbach (1723-1789) continues to be a challenging figure of the European Enlightenment. Not only was he a materialistic philosopher, a champion of anticlericalism, the author of the monumental Système de la nature known as “the Bible of atheists”, an idéologue, a popularizer of the natural sciences and a prolific contributor of the Encyclopédie, but he also played a fundamental role as an organizer of culture.

We invite papers in all aspects of Holbach’s thought, intellectual biography and cultural activity. Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):

  • D’Holbach’s philosophical, religious, moral and political thought
  • D’Holbach as a scientist and a popularizer of the natural sciences
  • D’Holbach as a translator and as an editor: practices of (re)writing (plagiarism, omission, addition, interpolation, juxtaposition); strategies of authoriality (anonymity, pseudonymity, allonimity)
  • The Salon of Rue Royale, the coterie
  • D’Holbach and the Encyclopédie
  • The transfer of knowledge in d’Holbach’s circle: networks, correspondences, journals
  • D’Holbach as a mediator of (transnational) culture
  • D’Holbach and clandestinity: production and circulation of clandestine manuscripts, clandestine circulation of books, connections with editors
  • D’Holbach as a financial supporter of the Enlightenment
  • D’Holbach’s ancient and modern sources
  • Critics, fortune and reception

The official languages of the conference will be both English and French.

Invited speakers: Nicholas Cronk (Oxford), Alan Charles Kors (Pennsylvania), Mladen Kozul (Montana), Tony La Vopa (North Carolina), Brunello Lotti (Udine), Emilio Mazza (IULM, Milano), Alain Sandrier (Caen Normandie), Maria Susana Seguin (Paul-Valéry Montpellier – ENS Lyon), Ann Thomson (European University Institute, Florence)

Submissions: We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations in either French or English. To apply please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) along with a one-page CV to the conference organizers (lauranicoli85@gmail.com) no later than 30 October 2018. Please make submissions in either MS Word or in PDF format. Accepted proposals will be notified no later than 15 December 2018. Graduate students and unwaged early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply and funds towards defraying the costs of travel and attendance may be available upon application. Please contact the conference organizers with any questions.

Organizers: Franziska Meier (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), Laura Nicolì (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)

For further information, please see the conference website.


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CfP: Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

CfP: Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

5-6 April 2019, Trinity College Dublin

Scholars in any academic discipline are invited to submit abstracts of papers to be presented at the Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference, to be held in Trinity College Dublin, 5 and 6 April 2019. The conference aims to explore Irish philosophy during the lifetime of George Berkeley (1685–1753). We welcome abstracts addressing one or more of the following issues:

  • The Irish context of Berkeley’s philosophy.
  • The philosophical work of other Irish thinkers active during Berkeley’s lifetime.
  • The reception within Ireland of other philosophical figures, ideas, and movements.
  • The reception of Irish philosophy outside Ireland.

Particular preference will be given to papers that address figures and/or topics outside the currently recognized philosophical ‘canon’, including the work of early modern women.

Papers presented at the conference will be published as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements series, Cambridge University Press.

Abstracts should be submitted by 15 October, 2018.

Primary sponsorship for this conference is provided by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, together with the Mind Association. Additional support is provided by the Trinity Long Room Hub Making Ireland Research Theme and the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.

Full details, including submission instructions, are available here.


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Job: PhD Fellowship in Intellectual History of Architectural Theory

Job: PhD Fellowship in Intellectual History of Architectural Theory

KU Leuven

The PhD-fellow will work in the research context of the research group ARP (Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past) at KU Leuven’s Department of Architecture: http://www.arp-kuleuven.be and the Centre for Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Culture at KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy (https://hiw.kuleuven.be/cmprpc).


The fellowship for which funding is available aims to develop an analysis of how the post-war world engaged with the notion of space. To tackle this question the PhD-fellow will focus on the role of émigré intellectuals and architects importing ideas into the post-war American educational context. The following paths of analysis stand central: (I) the initiation and adaptation of concepts of space in varied didactic contexts (architectural laboratories, classrooms, lectures); (II) the interaction between different artistic media (architecture,cinema, painting, installations).

The fellowship situates itself at the crossroads between intellectual/art history, philosophy and architecture. It has both a historiographical and a conceptual aim. The fellowship is part of the larger project ‘Architectural Space Thought and Taught’. ‘Trading Zones of the Concept of Space, 1945-1980’, funded by the Research Fund KU Leuven (BOF). The successful applicant will write a PhD-dissertation within the overarching theme of the historical development of spatial aesthetics and architectural theory. The project is chaired by Prof. Rajesh Heynickx, Prof. Stéphane Symons and Prof. Filip Mattens.


We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • The motivation to pursue creative work in the history of spatial aesthetics and architectural theory.
  • An explicit interest in developing the following research question: how and why was the concept of space set in motion, shaped and modified in the period 1945-1980, the confusing ‘interregnum’ between modernism and postmodernism?
  • A Master (or equivalent) in Architecture, Philosophy, Art History, Intellectual History or Cultural History and academic distinction. Experience with archival research is a plus.
  • The ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer reviewed journals.
  • The ability to play an active, collaborative role in the research group Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past, ARP (including its seminars and conferences).
  • An excellent command of English, proficiency in French and/or German, a willingness to learn Dutch is a plus.


We offer a fulltime (100%) PhD scholarship for 1 year (extendable up to 4 years in total after a positive evaluation). As a doctoral fellow, you will follow the doctoral programme in Architecture, at the Faculty of Architecture. The diploma ‘Doctor of Architecture’ will be offered when the PhD requirements are successfully fulfilled.

The successful candidate will be required to carry out minor educational responsibilities and provide research assistance to the supervisors. She/he will become part of a dynamic and young group of scholars examining architecture and its relation to conceptual discourses, materiality and artistic representations during the course of the twentieth century (1900-…).

The working language is English. The recipient of the fellowship is expected to live in Brussels or its immediate vicinity (Leuven, Antwerp, Ghent) and to work from the office in Brussels (Faculty of Architecture, Sint-Lucas Campus: https://arch.kuleuven.be/english/campus-sintlucas-brussels).

For further information please contact Prof. dr. Rajesh Heynickx at rajesh.heynickx@kuleuven.be.


Enthusiastic and cooperative persons meeting the criteria are kindly invited to apply online. Include a motivation letter, a CV, the names of two referees whom we might approach prior to appointment, and a sample piece of writing not exceeding 12.000 words (e.g. a MA thesis chapter). The deadline for applications is October 31. We will hold interviews with a number of selected candidates soon thereafter. In preparation of the interview, these candidates will be given a short research assignment to assess their research skills. The target start date is January 1, 2019.

You can apply via the online application tool.


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CfP: HOPOS Special Issue: Animism and Its Discontents: Soul-Based Explanations in Early-Modern Philosophy and Medicine

CfP: HOPOS Special Issue: Animism and Its Discontents: Soul-Based Explanations in Early-Modern Philosophy and Medicine

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019

This special issue will explore varieties of animism in the natural philosophy of Western Europe from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Our focus is “natural-philosophical animism,” the position that the soul, along with its faculties and powers, is integral to the functioning of nature as a whole, or to the functioning of some natural entities.

We ask contributors to consider how animist conceptions of the soul and of the soul’s involvement in nature were transformed throughout this period, sometimes by thinkers who were not invariably animists themselves. We invite analysis of how these transformations manifested controversies within the scientific enterprise that concerned not just the theory, but also the practice and social context of natural philosophy and medicine. Although the term “animism” originally emerged in the eighteenth century as a general term for a variety of positions challenging mechanism and materialism, animism frequently went hand in hand with forms of mechanism and materialism.

This issue will therefore be devoted to investigating animism not as a monolithic category, but rather as a variety of positions offering very different pictures of the soul, of matter and of the workings of nature, all of which actively contributed to, rather than merely hampered, the development and transformation of natural philosophy in early modernity.

Details and Submission:

  • The word limit for submissions is 7,000 words.
  • The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019.
  • To submit an article to HOPOS, please first see the Instructions for Authors.
  • The article submission system is here.
  • Please choose “Modern Animism” under “Article Type” when submitting to the special issue.

To read the latest issue of HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, click here.

Advisory Editors: 

Boris DEMAREST (University of Amsterdam) boris.demarest@hotmail.be
Jonathan REGIER (Ghent University) jonathan.regier@ugent.be
Charles WOLFE (Ghent University) ctwolfe1@gmail.com.

If you have questions about the Special Issue, please write to hoposjournal@gmail.com.

To download the announcement poster, click here.


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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:


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


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


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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  • 2019 ISIH Conference

    2019 ISIH Conference

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