New President of the ISIH

The International Society for Intellectual History is pleased to announce that the Society’s next president will be Professor Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, University of London), who will serve a three-year term from December 2014. Professor Hunter is a distinguished intellectual historian, whose research has focussed on the intersection of natural philosophy, magic, and religion, as well as the editing of early modern texts and print culture more generally. The ISIH would also like to extend our sincerest thanks to Professor Howard Hotson, who served as president of the Society for the past two terms. Under Professor Hotson’s direction, the ISIH saw the creation of a new website for the society, as well as four successful conferences. Professor Hotson has kindly agreed to continue to serve the society in an advisory role, for which we are very grateful.

Michael Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. For many years his chief preoccupation was Robert Boyle: he is the principal editor of Boyle’s Works (with Edward B. Davis, 14 volumes, 1999-2000), Correspondence (with Antonio Clerucuzio and Lawrence M. Principe, 6 vols., 2001) and workdiaries (with Charles Littleton, available online). He is also the author of Boyle: Between God and Science (2009), which won both the Samuel Pepys Award and the Roy G. Neville Prize in 2011, while his Boyle Studies: Aspects of the Life and Thought of Robert Boyle will be published by Ashgate in 2015. His numerous other books deal with various aspects of seventeenth-century intellectual history, including the early Royal Society and its milieu. Currently, he is working on a full analysis of the frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society (1667), a study which also reflects the concern with the visual culture of the period that led him to set up the website, British Printed Images to 1700. A further interest is in attitudes to magic in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, on which he has published various papers as well as The Occult Laboratory (2001), an edition of early accounts of second sight in Scotland.

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