The topic of this year’s Thomistic Seminar (for graduate students in philosophy) is Themes in the Philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre and Thomas Aquinas. Dates are August 4-10, 2013. Application deadline is April 1, 2013. Location is the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ. See here.

The Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group presents an “on-line international live video graduate student workshop.” Draft papers due by March 1, 2013. The event will run March 21-22, 2013.

That same group has announced their annual fall workshop in Mexico City, Sept. 20-21, 2013. Paper submissions due May 15, 2013. See here.

In Paris, the Laboratoire d’Etudes sur les Monothéismes and the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance are sponsoring their third annual conference for doctoral and post-doctoral students: “La philosophie médiévale in utramque partem.”  Deadline: March 1. Dates: May 6-7.

Diametros – An Online Journal of Philosophy is planning a special edition of the journal dedicated to actual and possible applications of Thomas Aquinas’ moral theory to the problems of contemporary practical ethics. Deadline of September 10, 2013. See here.

Finally, students at the New College of Florida have begun an undergraduate peer-reviewed journal of pre-modern studies, called Anemoi. They are keen to get work related to medieval philosophy. The deadline for submissions for the next issue is March 18, 2013. See here.


I’m pleased to announce that the first volume of Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy has a publication date: October 2013. Submissions are now being accepted for volume 2 (2014). For the contents of volume 1, and information on how to submit a paper for future volumes, go here.

For Younger Scholars

The Princeton-Penn-Columbia Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy (Princeton, April 27, 2013).  Deadline March 7.  Not specifically medieval, of course, but they’ll want to have at least one medieval paper on the program.

The Founders Award from the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy. Deadline April 1. Open to graduate students and scholars who received their PhD within the last three years.

I got curious about the history of this Founders Award, and so contacted Jon McGinnis (U Missouri), the secretary-treasurer of the SMRP. It turns out the prize goes back to 2001, but was only intermittently awarded until 2008, when the prize was supplemented by a $500 award plus a $500 travel stipend to present the paper at a society session at the Eastern APA. Here’s the list of past winners:

2005  Susan Brower-Toland (Cornell PhD, now SLU), “Ockham on Concepts, Judgment, and the Problem of Intentionality”
2008  Joshua Blander (UCLA PhD, now King’s College/NYC), “Natural Priority, Essential Dependence and Divine Power in William of Ockham”
2009  Robert J. Matava (St. Andrews PhD, now Christendom College), “Domingo Báñez on Auxilium: An Early Modern Conception of Divine-Human Cooperation”
2010  Sydney F. Penner (Cornell PhD, now Oxford), “Free and Rational: Suárez on the Will”
2011   Therese Scarpelli-Cory (CUA PhD, now Seattle Univ.), “The Unity of Consciousness in Augustine and Aquinas” (just published in Vivarium)
2012 Gloria Frost (Notre Dame PhD, now Univ. St. Thomas/MN), “Thomas Bradwardine on God and the Foundations of Modality”

It’s nice to see that all these people have jobs!