Journal for the History of Knowledge – CFP for Special Issue 2024

The Journal for the History of Knowledge features an annual special issue, compiled by guest editors, which explores a theme central to the journal’s scope. The special issues of previous years have been Histories of Bureaucratic Knowledge (2020) and Histories of Ignorance (2021).

We are currently accepting proposals for the 2024 Special Issue. Proposals should contain the following:
•       A description of the proposed theme (1500-2000 words) highlighting its significance for the history of knowledge
•       A table of contents (typically 8-12 articles of 8000 words)
•       Abstracts of the articles
•       Two-page CVs of the editors; short biographies of the contributors
•       An outline of the production process up to manuscript submission. All manuscripts must be submitted to the journal by May 2023.
Please send your proposal to:

Proposal deadline: 1 May 2022

Notification of acceptance: by 30 July 2022

After submission, all manuscripts will go through a process of peer-review, author’s revisions, and copy-editing. JHoK is a diamond Open Access journal, at no charge to the authors.

Details of the journal’s scope and a full list of the editorial team and advisory editorial board is available on the journal’s website.

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PhD and postdoctoral positions: Responses to Newton’s Mathematical-Experimental Paradigm in 18th-Century Philosophy

Applications are now open for three four-year PhD positions, three four-year postdoctoral positions, and one two-year postdoctoral position in the history of modern philosophy and/or history and philosophy of science.

The selected applicants will carry out part of the recently awarded project ‘Responses to Newton’s Mathematical-Experimental Paradigm in 18th-Century Philosophy’ (RENEW18). The project is funded by the Belgian research councils FWO and F.R.S.-FNRS (EOS) and led by Karin de Boer (KU Leuven), Steffen Ducheyne (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Arnaud Pelletier (Université libre de Bruxelles).

For further information on the project, the vacancies, and the application tools, click here.

RENEW18 aims to bring the widely divergent responses to the mathematical-experimental paradigm elaborated in Newton’s Principia mathematica (1687) and Opticks (1704) by 18th-century philosophers into focus. The project studies the direct and indirect effects of Newton’s works on philosophers who drew on Aristotelian, Cartesian, Leibnizian, and Wolffian sources. It covers the period between 1700 and 1800, treats developments in the Dutch Republic, England, France, and Germany, and foregrounds the impact of non-canonical authors and movements on canonical authors and vice versa.

Applications due 19 April 2022

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CFP: Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VIII

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen  (NL), 23–24 June 2022

The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced graduate students and established scholars from all over the world to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Building on the success of the previous 2014–2021 editions, the seminar offers workshop-style collaborations in order to stimulate scholarly exchange. The seminar hosts 10 papers selected through the call for papers, and 2 lectures by the keynote speakers. The language of presentation and discussion is English.

Keynote speakers

Kirsten Walsh (University of Exeter) 

Johan Olsthoorn (University of Amsterdam)

Call for papers
We welcome talks on any topic related to early modern philosophy, broadly understood (roughly the period 1500–1800 CE). We are especially interested in philosophical issues and/or works that have received less sustained scholarly attention, including, but not limited to: non-canonical authors and traditions, anonymous texts, unpublished texts, networks of correspondence, and so on. 

Please submit abstracts (500 words max.) suitable for anonymous review in PDF to our EasyChair page. Please click “Make a new submission” and fill in the relevant information.  

Deadline for applications: 13 March 2022 (11.59 pm Amsterdam time)

Decisions will follow by the end of March. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. We will send reviewers’ reports with feedback on abstracts to all who wish to receive this.
Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students. Please note that no financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation for participants.


Laura Georgescu (University of Groningen)
Anna Ortin Nadal (University of Groningen)

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Georgescu ( or Anna Ortin Nadal ( For further information and updates about the event, please check our webpage:

DSEMP VIII is part of the Activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought (

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CFP: Community and Conflict in Intellectual History

The existence of communities and the threat of conflict have been central features of thought since humanity began reflecting on the forms of its organisation. How can you maintain a community divided by conflict? Does humanity naturally tend towards harmony? Is conflict necessary for societies to flourish? While these sorts of questions are legion, this year’s Cambridge Graduate Conference in Political Thought and Intellectual History will examine them with an additional focus on how the realities of community and the threat of conflict have been contexts for, and not simply the contents of, thought.

For our keynote speaker, Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary, University of London), the existence of communities and the inevitable presence of conflict, as both ideas and contexts, have formed the basis of his wide-ranging research on international law, theories of empire and colonisation, non-state entities, and theories of sovereignty.

In considering this theme, participants are encouraged to draw from all aspects, traditions, and periods of intellectual history and political thought. In looking to welcome a broader selection of papers, we are particularly interested in receiving submissions on, but not limited to, the following themes:

– Confessional religion and philosophical religion

– Intellectual communities

– Legal communities

– Natural law, human consent, and political resistance

– State, surveillance, and governmentality

– Community, conflict, and the method of intellectual history

Interested doctoral students should send proposals, consisting of a short abstract (max. 500 words) and a brief CV (max. 2 pages), to, with “PTIH Conference Submission” as the subject.

The deadline for proposals is 18 March 2022.

For further information and the full call for papers please click here.

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All Souls College Seminar in Early Modern Intellectual History

Conveners: Dmitri Levitin and Noel Malcolm

As always, this year’s iteration of the Seminar in Early Modern Intellectual History will consist of papers on a wide range of subjects: philosophy, science, scholarship, religion, politics, and the social setting of early modern intellectual life.

Due to the continued difficulties posed by the pandemic, at least one session will have to be held via Zoom. The rest are currently planned to be held in person, in the Hovenden Room, at All Souls College. Access is via the entrance to the College on the High Street – please ask at the porter’s lodge for further directions, or consult the information here. Any changes to the programme will be posted on the Events page of the Oxford Centre for Intellectual History.

All sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 5–7pm UK time. As the first session will be on Zoom, we ask that you register here by 12pm on the day before if you would like to attend. A link will then be sent out before the session. From then on, the email list will be used to provide any changes to the programme. You can unsubscribe at any time.

The programme is below:

19 January

CHRISTOPH LÜTHY (Radboud University),

‘Where is the Mechanic? Agency in the Age of the Mechanical Philosophy’.

26 January

SIMON MILLS (University of Newcastle),

‘Jean Gagnier: An Eighteenth-Century Oxford Arabist and “Enlightened” Views of Islam’

2 February


‘Reason, Reading and Religion: Lord Robartes and the Restoration Church’

9 February

DENI KASA (Oxford),

‘Why Milton Rejected the Trinity: Education and Community in Paradise Lost’

16 February

INGRID DE SMET (University of Warwick),

‘The Seal of Secrecy, the Seal of Confession: A Renaissance Problem?’

23 February

DÁNIEL MARGÓCSY (University of Cambridge),

‘Worms: the
Nature of Ships and the Nature of Humans in Early Modernity’

2 March

LODI NAUTA (University of Groningen),

‘Boyle and Locke on Natural Kinds’

9 March CLAIRE CRIGNON (Université Paris-Sorbonne),

‘What is at Stake in a Natural History of the Air? Ways of Knowing and Ways of Believing’

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New Book: The State of Nature: Histories of an Idea (2022)

Brill is pleased to announce the publication of a new volume in their series History of European Political and Constitutional Thought, edited by Erica Benner, László Kontler, and Mark Somos.

The State of Nature: Histories of an Idea (2022) is edited by Mark Somos and Anne Peters. Combining intellectual history with current concerns, this volume brings together fourteen essays on the past, present and possible future applications of the legal fiction known as the state of nature.

The phrase, “state of nature”, has been used over centuries to describe the uncultivated state of lands and animals, nudity, innocence, heaven and hell, interstate relations, and the locus of pre- and supra-political rights, such as the right to resistance, to property, to create and leave polities, and the freedom of religion, speech, and opinion, which may be reactivated or reprioritised when the polity and its laws fail. Combining intellectual history with current concerns, this volume brings together fourteen essays on the past, present and possible future applications of the legal fiction known as the state of nature.

Contributors are: Daniel S. Allemann, Pamela Edwards, Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Mary C. Fuller, David Singh Grewal, Francesca Iurlaro, Edward J. Kolla, László Kontler, Grant S. McCall, Emile Simpson,Tom Sparks, Benjamin Straumann, Karl Widerquist, Sarah Winter, and Simone Zurbuchen.

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New series by Durham University IMEMS Press: Ideas and Practices, 1300–1850

Ideas and Practices, 1300–1850 is a book series focusing on the era in which long-familiar ways of thinking about politics, religion, society and the natural world transformed fundamentally. The series offers a venue for scholars to publish ambitious works in intellectual history which explain –– or question –– that transformation, sometimes characterised as ‘the crisis of the European mind’. Its coverage stretches from the medieval period into the nineteenth century, so that different perspectives and explanations can be brought to bear on this pivotal moment in the history of Western intellectual life. The series encourages submissions in political thought, political economy, theology and religious belief, natural philosophy, scholarship and literature in Europe and across the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds. Ideas and Practices, 1300–1850 will focus primarily on monographs, including translations of works into English. It will also publish scholarly editions of important texts not readily available, as well as the occasional high-quality collection of essays.

General Editor

Robert G. Ingram, Professor of History and Director of the Menard Family George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics and Institutions, Ohio University, USA (

Series Editors

Professor Jeffrey Collins (Queen’s University, Canada), Dr Raffaella Santi (University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy), Professor Shannon Stimson (Georgetown University, USA), Dr Samuel Garrett Zeitlin (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK)

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Charles Schmitt Prize 2022

As the result of generous donations from an anonymous donor and our publisher, the International Society for Intellectual History is offering, on an annual basis, a prize to honour the contribution of Charles B. Schmitt (1933-1986) to intellectual history.

The prize is £250, plus £100 worth of books, and a year’s free membership of the ISIH with a subscription to the Society’s quarterly journal Intellectual History Review. The paper awarded the prize will also be published in the Intellectual History Review.

Submissions will be accepted in any area of intellectual history, broadly construed, 1500 to the present, including the historiography of intellectual history. Because it is a condition of the award that the paper awarded the prize will be published by IHR, submissions should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere, or exceed 9,000 words (including footnotes). Eligibility is restricted to doctoral students and those who have submitted their PhD within two years of the closing date for the prize.

The paper should be forwarded as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format to and to The e-mail itself should state that the paper is being entered for the prize, and should confirm eligibility at the time of submission, as well as availability of the paper for publication.

The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2022.

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British Society for the History of Philosophy Fellowship Scheme

The British Society for the History of Philosophy is pleased to announce the BSHP Fellowship scheme.

The BSHP offers four funded fellowships annually: two to postgraduates, and two to early career researchers. Applications are welcome from those studying or researching any area of history of philosophy. The deadline for applying to both schemes is 23:59 (GMT) on 31 March each year. For successful applicants, the fellowship will run for one year starting in September of the year they apply.

BSHP Postgraduate Fellowship: Two bursaries of £4000 each are available to postgraduate students of any nationality currently studying at a UK higher education institution, or having accepted an offer to start studies at a UK higher education institution in the year of the fellowship. Each bursary is offered for a single academic year.

BSHP Postdoctoral Fellowship: Two bursaries of £6000 each are available to early career researchers of any nationality currently resident in the UK. Each bursary is offered for a single academic year.

Applications are especially encouraged from postgraduates/researchers from underrepresented groups, including candidates with disabilities, candidates from BAME backgrounds, first generation university students, and women.

For full information and to apply, see our webpage here:

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CfP: Rethinking Liberal Europe: Ideas of Europe and Notions of Freedom between 1848 and 1945

29 June – 1 July 2022, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Turin

XIII Annual Conference of the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe

In 1932, the Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce published his History of Europe in the Nineteenth Century. In it, he made the case that while the Age of Enlightenment had been the age of an abstract form of individual liberty and of a vague feeling of cosmopolitanism, the nineteenth century had been that of national independence and of individual rights that, however imperfectly, could finally be enjoyed thanks to and within the nation-state. The next step, Croce ventured in the introduction, would be the overcoming of nationalism, which had now grown to be a threat to freedom itself, and the unification of Europe as the place where liberty would be properly safeguarded, and where individual rights could be fully enjoyed. Written during Mussolini’s dictatorship, this was an extraordinary (and perhaps even astonishing) vindication of freedom and a condemnation of nationalism. Yet Croce was only one among several writers who, in a Europe in which totalitarianism was on the rise and even seemed to many the only solution to the predicaments of a decadent civilisation, went against the current. In doing so, these authors were reaffirming a key strand among discourses about Europe, one that from Machiavelli to Montesquieu, and from Constant to Cobden, from Norman Angell to Luigi Einaudi, considered all forms of despotism to be against Europe’s truest nature and all threats to liberty a temporary setback on a (more or less) inevitable path towards a united and free Europe.

The aim of this conference is to shed new light on the ways in which concepts of freedom and ideas of Europe have interreacted between 1848 and 1945. While recent research into the history of European ideas for this period has focused on anti-liberal thinking, we emphasise that in the era of nationalism the idea of a Europe founded on freedom played an important role in the political and cultural debates. In doing so, we also want to rethink the link between Europe and liberal democracy in general as well as analyse its political implications for current debates.

The conference is a joint project of the Fondazione Einaudi and the Stiftung Reichspräsident-Friedrich-Ebert-Gedenkstätte Heidelberg, as well as the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe based at the University of East Anglia. Scholars interested in participating are invited to consider their research with regards to how ideas of and discourses about freedom, however understood, (re)shaped notions such as ‘Europe’, ‘European’, ‘European civilization’ etc. within historical and philosophical works, novels, works of art, treatises, speeches, propaganda material, and so on.

The conference organisers invite papers that shed new light on visions and ideas of Europe between 1848 and 1945 addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

–           Notions of freedom as a core element of European identity/ies

–           1848, republicanism, freedom, and notions of Europe

–           Liberalism and transnational projects across Europe

–           The unification of Europe as a struggle against dictatorships

–           Economic liberalism and European unification

–           Liberal-socialism (and social-liberalism) as the ‘third path’ (towards Europe’s unification)

–           Geopolitical notions of a liberal Mitteleuropa

–           Geopolitical visions of a liberal Europe vs the USA and/or Russia/the Soviet Union

–           Resistance movements and projects of European federation

–           Freedom, ‘philosophies of histories’, and European unification

–           Ideas of Europe and social movements (e.g. labour movements, human rights movements, women’s movement, etc…)

–           Europeanization of civil society and civil liberties

The themes listed above are examples and by no means limited to the exclusion of others. The conference is open to scholars of history, international law, legal history, philosophy, political science, literature and any other discipline related to the topic.

If you would like to present a paper (15 minutes) or organize a panel (3/4 speakers), please send a 300-word abstract (in case of a panel, this should be per paper) with a title and a short biography by 1 March 2022 to Matthew D’Auria (, Florian Greiner ( or Federico Trocini (

Please note that the working language of the conference is English. The conference has no registration fees. It is expected that a selection of the papers, duly revised and lengthened, will be published as a special issue of the Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi.

In the event of the imposition of COVID-related restrictions, alternative arrangements will be explored.

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    #ISIH2022 Conference

    #ISIH2022 Our 2022 Conference will take place in Venice, 12-15 Sept.