CfP: Voyages: Journal of Contemporary Humanism

CfP: Voyages: Journal of Contemporary Humanism

Submissions Due: 1 November 2017

Voyages is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the legacies of humanism broadly and critically construed and is based out of NYU Florence. Its forthcoming issue will be devoted to authoritarianism in contemporary culture.

Scholarly and creative works from a wide range of genres (e.g., essays, short stories and poetry) and media (e.g., photography and visual art) that directly or indirectly address the authoritarian turn in contemporary politics are especially welcomed.

The deadline is November 1st. Submissions are accepted in English or Italian.

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Two Jobs: Lecturer in Philosophy

Two Jobs: Lecturer in Philosophy

University of Western Australia

The School of Humanities offers a rich teaching and research environment spanning the disciplines of Philosophy, Classics and Ancient History, History, English and Cultural Studies and European Languages and Studies. As well as undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the School supports an active research program. The Discipline of Philosophy offers postgraduate and undergraduate programs in analytic philosophy broadly construed. The Discipline of Philosophy is committed to developing research and teaching collaborations with other disciplines both within the School of Humanities and across the University.

The first is an open opportunity: All areas of specialisation within philosophy will be considered. However, candidates who can teach in the areas of logic, philosophy of science or epistemology will be looked upon favourably. An ability to teach some of the history of philosophy is also very desirable. Ability to contribute to research and postgraduate teaching in the areas of time and/or artificial intelligence will be beneficial

The second is an opportunity for a specialist in political philosophy, broadly construed to contribute to research and postgraduate teaching in the areas of social justice and/or applied ethics and/or virtue ethics. An ability to teach feminist philosophy, aesthetics and ancient philosophy is also desirable.

Level B ($96,210 – $114,250) or C ($117,857 – $135,900).

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Podcasts in Intellectual and Conceptual History

Podcasts in Intellectual and Conceptual History

Podcast Series

The ‘Crisis, extremes and Apocalypse’ research network was created in September 2016 under the aegis of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and aims to shed as many perspectives as possible on these themes from the early modern period onward (from music and philosophy to terrorism passing by Brexit, debates in early modern epistemology, revolutionary movements, religiosity in the modern world and even existential risks and artificial intelligence). The network’s approach is inherently interdisciplinary and seeks to approach these themes meta-critically by understanding their various deployments.

Podcasts of its talks in Intellectual and Conceptual History can be found here.

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CfP: Debt in History

CfP: Debt in History

18-19 May 2018, University of Toronto

At a Q&A that followed a Toronto screening of Little Men (2016), a film about two families’ battle over a lease and its impact on the lives of its central protagonists, director Ira Sachs reflected on the modern-day struggle of many families to remain in the middle class. Sachs’s film speaks to the primacy of economics in discourse. Recent scholarship has shown the value of reading film and literature economically. The enormously influential work of David Graeber, Mary Poovey, Margot C. Finn, Julian Hoppit, Sandford Borins, Audrey Jaffe, Margaret Atwood, and others have opened up new avenues for thinking about money and the humanities. This conference aims both to consolidate and to advance criticism in literature, film, philosophy, and cultural studies by attending to some incarnations of debt and analyzing their wider implications.

Abstracts of 250 words (with 50-word biographies) for 20-minute papers are invited on any aspect of economics and the humanities, as are proposals for panels of three or four papers on clearly defined themes. Submissions on creative projects that link research and creative writing and/or performance are warmly encouraged. Selected proceedings of academic work will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed e-journal Literature Compass

Possible themes and topics: Capitalism, Capital, Inheritance, Faith, Credibility, Chance, Marxism, Interest, Commerce, Trade, Liberalism, Finances, Housing, Rent, Mortgage, Banks, Credit, Debit, Ranking, Poverty, Labour, Forgiveness, Cash, Stocks, Forgery, Political Economy, Colonialism, Wealth

The first deadline for submissions is 1 August 2017. Details of keynote speakers, roundtables, performances, and film screenings will be announced, as they become available, on our conference Facebook page and on Twitter @DebtinHistory.

Queries, proposals, and suggestions for collaboration may be directed to Dr Tom Ue at This project is supported by the Department of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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50-60 Max Weber Post-doctoral Positions Available, EUI, Florence, Italy

50-60 Max Weber Post-doctoral Positions Available, EUI, Florence, Italy

Applications Due: 25 October 2017

Applications are now open for the 2018/19 entry to the Max Weber Multidisciplinary Post-Doctoral Programme at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Amongst the largest, most prestigious, innovative and successful post-doctoral programmes in the historical and social sciences, the Max Weber Programme is located in an exceptionally beautiful setting with truly outstanding research and training facilities. We offer between 50-60 fully funded 1 (all departments), 2 (SPS and Economics) and (rarely, and only in Economics) 3 year post-doctoral fellowships to applicants from anywhere in the world in the fields of economics, history, law and social and political sciences. All areas and types of research within these fields are considered, including all forms of legal, social, economic, historical and political thought – both past and present.

Applicants must be within 5 years of the award of their PhD. Preference is given to those who have recently completed a doctorate, not had a postdoctoral position before and/or are on the job market. Last year 98% of Fellows found an academic position on completing the Fellowship.

In addition to the scholarships funded by the Max Weber Programme itself, there are additional grants available that are funded by the Greek, and, we anticipate, Portuguese and Slovenian governments, and by foundations in Australia and Japan to which nationals of these countries (and in some cases long-term residents as well) may also apply. We also have a memorandum of understanding with the Academy of Finland for Finnish applicants. Eligible applicants from these countries are strongly encouraged to apply, and will automatically be considered for these opportunities. For details, click here (and scroll down to Other Fellowships).

To find out more about the programme, the training it offers and its multidisciplinary character, as well as how to apply, click here.

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CfP: Early Modern Civil Religion Workshop

CfP: Early Modern Civil Religion Workshop

14 September 2017, Newcastle University

Recent scholarship has reintegrated the religious perspective into how the intellectual culture of the early modern period, particularly in the political sphere, can be understood. This has opened up new avenues of enquiry for those working on the role of scholarship (biblical, patristic, and classical) in intellectual engagement, scholars of philosophy and theology, as well as historians of culture, books, and political thought, consequently providing a much more varied understanding of how ideas were formed and justified. Yet in the midst of these developments, the reality of how the Church-State relationship was envisaged by those writing on politics and religion in this period remains under-explored. The notion of a ‘civil religion’ was a prominent feature of the discourse, but its ambiguity and the contradictions and difficulties involved in its practical realisation has left it as something of a by-stander in the intellectual history of the period. The arguments that were made for civil religion have been used by scholars as evidence for established interpretations of the period, whether that be for the existence of a ‘Radical Enlightenment’, or for the Christian Reformist tendencies of these so-called radicals, or as proof of continuity with existing traditions in republican, patristic, or classical ideologies.

This one-day workshop proposes to examine civil religion in early modernity on its own terms, rather than as a subsect of existing scholarly narratives. It seeks to bring together scholars from different disciplinary spheres in order to encourage reflection on this notion of ‘civil religion,’ and to construct an understanding of its specific contribution to its intellectual and cultural context.

Possible points of discussion include:

  • What is ‘early modern civil religion’? Can a clear and unified understanding be established?
  • What intellectual arguments were used to justify a ‘civil religion’? How were the counter-arguments constructed?
  • How were ancient precedents utilised to create a tangible vision of a ‘civil religion’? How was the historical development of episcopal authority represented in the debate?
  • How developed were ideas for how such a religion might work in practice? For example, the selection of priests, their role in the community, and the conduct of religious practice?
  • What relationship did the notion of civil religion have with republican ideology as it developed from antiquity to the early modern world?
  • Did civil religion have an impact beyond political and religious discourse? How was it represented and used in editorial practices, literature, art, rhetoric, or biographical writing?

Proposals are invited for papers of 10-15 minutes, with abstracts of no more than 300 words, to be submitted by 18th August 2017, to

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CfP: Global Histories: A Student Journal

CfP: Global Histories: A Student Journal

Submissions Due: 10 July 2017

Our successful sister project Global History Student Conference 2017 acts as the point of departure for this issue, showcasing how global history is conceptualized and realized in different cultural contexts around the world. Therefore, we encourage submissions of any historical or interdisciplinary research related to (or critical of) Global History. For the first time we are also accepting Conference Reviews. If you have been to a history conference last year and want to describe your experience, you can submit your review to our journal. The final deadline for article and review submissions is 10 July 2017. The Journal team is excited to read your submissions!

For more information, please see the journal website.


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CfP: Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America

CfP: Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America

13-14 October 2017, Ghent University and KU Leuven

Between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, the terminology of change belonging to the European intellectual tradition—composed of terms that constitute milestones in the historiographical account of societal, historical and political development such as modernity, revolution, renaissance, enlightenment, progress, evolution, etc.—has been substantially reinterpreted and re-signified outside of Europe. Asian and American scholars applied those new terms to their historical predicament and, in doing so, they appropriated them. In that very moment, those terms started to exceed their primary historical referent. They belonged no more to Europe alone and became across-the-board metaphors, universals and tropoi which gave meaning to their experience of change. At the same time, autochthonous terms designating change in non- European languages found new meanings and uses.

The conference aims to foster discussion on the process of change and modernisation taking place outside of Europe between the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. We are interested, in particular, in re-considering the terminology and narrative that intellectual and political actors from North, Central and South America and Asian countries used in their effort to define the path of development taken by their nations and communities during a time of rapid change.

Contact Info:

The symposium, organised by Ghent University and KU Leuven, will take place in Ghent on October 13th and 14th, 2017. Please, send all applications by email to Dr. Francesco Campagnola (School of Japanese Studies, Department of Languages and Cultures, Ghent University).

We welcome abstracts of 400-500 words. A biographical note should also be included, listing position held, fellowships and grants received and major publications. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is July 20th, 2017. Candidates will be informed by August 15th, 2017 and should confirm their participation by September 1st. Paper presentations should not exceed 25 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. No complete paper is to be delivered before the conference takes place. Submissions are due by 20 July 2017.

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CfP: Rewrite Conflicts: The Role of Losers, Heretics, and Outsiders in the History of Medicine

CfP: Rewrite Conflicts: The Role of Losers, Heretics, and Outsiders in the History of Medicine

Invited editor: Fabrizio Baldassarri

A multifaceted narration characterizes the contrapositions between schools, factions, theories, and practices in the history of medicine. Yet, studying these conflicts helps to shed light on those actors traditional historiographies usually relegate to secondary roles: surgeons, practitioners, apothecaries, botanists, astronomers, chymists, men and women devoted to the knowledge of simples. Especially when following losers, outsiders, heretics, and marginalized scholars, medical conflicts reveal epistemologically fruitful paths that help to track the changes buttressing early modern bio-medical revolution. While academic physicians required the support of theologians to rule out these practices as responsible for heresies, errors, and charlatanisms, kings frequently credited such outsiders as court physicians (i.e., Ambroise Paré, Guy de La Brosse), elevating their knowledge and experience to a crucial role. Slowly, these actors entered medical schools and academies, rewriting early modern history of medicine.

This fascicule aims to reconstruct this conflicting situation, and to analyse diverse cases of such outsiders and losers, moving from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries (wider focuses are accepted as well). Research articles coming from different fields (history of philosophy, psychology, science, medicine, botany, ideas, intellectual history, and history of life sciences…) are welcome.

Societate și Politică is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Vasile Goldiș Western University of Arad, Romania. See

Papers no longer than 8.000 words or book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to by 15 December 2017. Paper will go through double-blind peer-review process. Publication is scheduled by 30 April 2018. For the authors guidelines, click here.

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Symposium: Spinoza and Contemporary Political Philosophy

Symposium: Spinoza and Contemporary Political Philosophy (in honor of Professor Emeritus Gerasimos Vokos)

20 June 2017, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

A symposium on this subject will take place in the Maurice Saltiel Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, on 20 June 2017 (9.35 am–18.30 pm). The participants include Etienne Balibar, Kiarina Kordela, Pierre François Moreau, Gerasimos Vokos. Attendance is free. The symposium will be in French and English simultaneous translation will be provided. The symposium is organized by the School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Baruch Spinoza is acknowledged to be a key figure in the development of modern philosophy and political science. However much of the recent interest in his work tends to focus on historically oriented scholarship. Many current moral and political thinkers overlook his connection to the present, missing out on a major source of insight for today’s moral and political issues.

While some recent established scholars of Spinoza have applied his methods and ideas to contemporary problems, we think that this discussion deserves both greater attention and continued development. To this end, our symposium, which marks the retirement of Professor Gerasimos Vokos, will facilitate this dialogue in order to promote further application of Spinoza’s ideas to contemporary moral and political issues.

For further info, please see the conference website.


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