CFP: New ISIH Seminar Series, Women in Intellectual History

The International Society for Intellectual History is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our new seminar series, Women in Intellectual History, which will take place Autumn/Winter 2021.

Women thinkers and their writings are still underrepresented in the discipline of intellectual history. Despite decades-long efforts at canon-busting, research agendas and teaching curricula alike attest that much work remains to be done to counteract the bias of gendered historiographies. As a prominent meeting place for practitioners of the discipline in all stages of their careers and from various parts of the world, ISIH provides an ideal forum for the discussion of recent work in this crucial area of research.

Through a series of online meetings in autumn and winter 2021, featuring selected presentations and commentary followed by discussion, early career researchers active in the field of women’s intellectual history will be able to connect with each other and with senior scholars with matching expertise. Submissions from a broad range of specialisations—including the history of social, political, legal and economic thought, literary history, the history of philosophy, and the history of science—and across historical periods and geographical boundaries are encouraged.

If you are an early career researcher and would like to participate in this seminar by giving a paper, please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and a short bio to by 23 June 2021.

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Bayle Lecture at Princeton

Dmitri Levitin, Why did Pierre Bayle believe in Virtuous Atheists? A Critique of Pure Reason “avant la lettre”

Wednesday, 12 May at 12:00pm EST

Pierre Bayle’s claims about the possibility of a society of virtuous atheists are one of the most famous ideas produced in Europe in the decades around 1700. More generally, Bayle’s intentions have been the subject of profound historiographical debate, even generating the idea of an insoluble ‘Bayle Enigma’. This talk will give a completely new account of Bayle’s thought, based on a reading and contextualisation of everything he ever wrote.

Dmitri Levitin is a Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He works on the history of knowledge between 1500 and 1850. In 2016, he was awarded inaugural Leszek Kołakowski Prize in intellectual history. His next book, The Kingdom of Darkness: Bayle, Newton, and the Emancipation of the European Mind from Philosophy will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.

The talk will be chaired by Rhodri Lewis, Department of English.

For further information, and to register for the Zoom link, click here.

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Winner Announcement for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy Awards Best Article Prize

The British Journal for the History of Philosophy has awarded the 2020 Rogers Prize—its annual prize for the best article it publishes—to Khaled El-Rouayheb (Harvard) for his paper ‘The liar paradox in fifteenth-century Shiraz: the exchange between Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Dashtakī and Jalāl al-Dīn al-Dawānī’ (volume 28, issue 2).

This Prize, awarded for the first time in 2012, was established in honour of Prof. John Rogers, the Founding Editor of the journal. It is worth £1000, and will be announced in the next issue of the journal.

The runner-up for the prize is Ursula Renz (Graz) for her paper ‘Cassirer’s enlightenment: on philosophy and the ‘Denkform’ of reason’ (volume 28, issue 3).

Congratulations to them both!

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Update on the 2021 ISIH Conference

The 2021 ISIH conference, planned to take place in September in Venice at Ca’Foscari University, has unfortunately been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. We plan to hold an online AGM for members of the ISIH later this year, as well as several online events. Details will be released soon.

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CfP: Liberalism and/or socialism: tensions, exchanges and convergences from the 19th century to today

Conference Dates: 21-22 October 2021

Submissions Due: 10 May 2021

This conference aims to re-evaluate the relationship between two major ideologies – liberalism and socialism – which seem to be contested nowadays, exploring the forms they have taken and tracing their development from their rise in the 19th century onwards.

Socialism seeing itself as a critique of economic liberalism, the two systems of thought emerged partially in opposition to each other. The extension of the State was sometimes cited as a means of emancipation of an oppressed class and sometimes as a means of subjugation of individuals. Antisocialist rhetoric was a platform for important figures of economic liberalism. Conversely, left-wing theoreticians and activists found in the critique of capitalism common ground uniting various, potentially conflicting, currents like syndicalists, social democrats, co-operators and Marxists. The main focus of study will be the way socialism and liberalism use each other to define themselves as ideologies. To what extent do they draw their identity from their adversaries’ representation and critique of them? How does the polarisation of debates serve political mobilisation and activism?

Papers may discuss, but are not limited to:

– Transfers of concepts and the blurring of systems: new liberalism, liberal socialism, libertarian socialism and market socialism in theory and practice

– Interpretations and reappropriations of liberal thinkers by socialists, of socialist thinkers by liberals

– Philosophies of history common to the two ideologies

– Socialism and liberalism faced with questions of identity and the influence of communitarians

– Liberal and socialist roots of working-class and radical movements: cooperatism, chartism, syndicalism, etc.

– Questioning of the socialist-liberal divide by conservative, anarchist, populist trends

– Theoretical and practical overlapping between socialism and liberalism in times of crisis (environmental, health, economic, political…)

Please send proposals (300 words maximum) and a short biography to and by 10 May 2021. You will be notified by 30th May if your paper has been accepted.

For further information please click here.

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Early Modern Antitrinitarianism and Italian Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The theme of the workshop is the influence of Italian culture on the Antitrinitarian movements that spread through Europe in a more or less clandestine fashion during the early modern period. One of the objectives is to go back to the period preceding the activity of the Sozzini and of Servet: we will consider the influences of various trends in the Italian thought of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that made a crucial contribution to shaping the ideas of the Antitrinitarians about Biblical exegesis, spirituality, baptism and the Trinity. We will also discuss the mutual exchanges between different groups, in touch with one another despite the ongoing persecutions by both Catholics and Protestants, in the later phases of the early modern period.

To register please send an e-mail to info-event(at)dhi-roma(dot)it.

The deadline for registration is 7 May 2021.

Programme for Monday, 10 May 2021

13:15–13:30 Martin Baumeister, welcome

Chair: Riccarda Suitner (GIS Rome)

13:30–14:15 Emese Balint (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign): Influences, Networks and Circulation of the Radical Protestants in East Central Europe

14:15–15:00 Anne Overell (Durham University): Italian Nicodemites amidst Radical and Antitrinitarian Reformers

15:00–15:30 Coffee Break

15:30–16:15 Sven Grosse (Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel): Melanchthon – Servet. Surveying a controversy

16:15–17:00 Stefano Brogi (Università degli Studi di Siena): Arminiani e sociniani tra Grozio e Le Clerc

Discussants: Giorgio Caravale (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Riccarda Suitner (GIS Rome), Pasquale Terracciano (Firenze, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento)

17:00 – 18:00 Coffee Break

18:00 Ann Thomson (European University Institute): Antitrinitarianism in the 18th century

Discussant: Girolamo Imbruglia (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Napoli)

For further information, click here.

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2020 Charles Schmitt Prize Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Charles Schmitt Prize for 2020 is Barret Reiter of the University of Cambridge, who submitted a piece on ‘William Perkins, the Imagination in Calvinist Theology and “Inner Iconoclasm” After Yates’.

The runner-up this year is Niall Dilucia of the University of Cambridge for his essay on ‘Robert Desgabets’ Eucharistic Thought and the Limits of Cartesianism’.

The prize is awarded on an annual basis in honour of the contribution of Charles B. Schmitt (1933-1986) to intellectual history. The recipient receives £250, plus £50 worth of Routledge books, and a year’s free membership of the ISIH with a subscription to the Society’s quarterly journal Intellectual History Review.

For more info, please see the Charles Schmitt Prize. Submissions for the 2021 Charles Schmitt Prize will open later this year.

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Event: The Futures of Intellectual History, 20 April 2021

To celebrate the launch of the Oxford Centre for Intellectual History, there will be an online event designed to begin an ongoing inter-disciplinary conversation about ‘The Futures of Intellectual History’. The event is open to all.

The event takes off from short blogs posted on the Centre’s website:

It will take place on Zoom, on Tuesday 20 April, 14.00-17.30 (GMT). To attend, please register here.

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Publication of 2019 Charles Schmitt Prize Essays

The winning and runner-up essays for the 2019 Charles Schmitt Prize have now all been published in Intellectual History Review! Check out the four new exciting essays at the links below.

The winning essay by Jon Cooper is ‘A science of concord: the politics of commercial knowledge in mid-eighteenth-century Britain‘.

In 2019 we had three runner-ups. One is Hugo Bonin’s ‘Between panacea and poison: “democracy” in British socialist thought, 1881–1891‘.

Another runner-up is Paige Donaghy’s ‘Wind eggs and false conceptions: thinking with formless births in seventeenth-century European natural philosophy‘.

Another runner-up is Michelle Pfeffer’s ‘Paganism, natural reason, and immortality: Charles Blount and John Toland’s histories of the soul‘.

Submissions for the 2020 Charles Schmitt Prize are now closed, but be sure to apply next year!

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Call for Proposals: Brill Series in History of European Political and Constitutional Thought

Series Editors: Erica Benner, László Kontler,
and Mark Somos

This series promotes the study of European traditions of political and constitutional thought from classical antiquity to the twentieth century. The series brings to its geographical, historical and thematic focus the full range of methods established in the field, from contributions on the conventional canon to comparative, transnational, global and critical approaches, while also aiming to foster new methodologies.

The editors welcome proposals for monographs, edited collections, and newly edited primary sources. The manuscript should be 80,000 – 180,000 words in length, including footnotes and bibliography. If your work is an exception to this, it is possible to discuss alternative solutions. The publisher accommodates a generous number of illustrations both in black and white and in colour.

For more information, click here.

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    #ISIH2021 Conference

    #ISIH2021 6 – 8 September 2021, to be held online. Click here for the newly released CFP!