This Week’s News

  • The Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano) is offering a new MA program, in English, focusing on a mix of analytic philosophy and the history of philosophy. Some quite distinguished scholars are involved, including, in our field, John Marenbon and Pasquale Porro. They expect to hold lectures on campus this fall. For application instructions go here. Some scholarship support is available and although some deadlines have passed, I am told interested students may be able to get an extension to that deadline.
  • I’ve recently discovered the website of the Red Latinoamericana de Filosofía Medieval, which contains a great deal of useful information about their activities, members, et cetera.
  • The University of South Bohemia, in beautiful České Budějovice, hopes to host a conference on February 11-13, 2021, on Cognitive Issues in the Long Scotist Tradition. The Cfp deadline is the end of July 2020. Let’s all hope the Scotists will be drinking their fill of Budweiser in February.
  • Peter Adamson’s latest column in Philosophy Now argues for the value of studying minor figures in the history of philosophy.

This Week’s News

Some Things You Can Do from Home

  • The Schola Humanistica is advertising an online advanced medieval/Renaissance Latin seminar, focusing on Boccaccio’s De mulieribus claris. If you’ve been wanting to stretch your Latin beyond easy scholastic texts, this may be your moment (May 12 – June 4, 2020, with a nominal fee for participating).
  • The deadline is rapidly approaching — May 1, 2020 — for the annual Founder’s Prize at the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy. The award goes to the best paper in medieval or Renaissance philosophy from a graduate students or recent PhD (within 5 years of degree). Details here.
    • Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Benjamin Block, who won last year’s Founder’s Award for his paper on “Thomas Aquinas on Knowing Essences and Substances.” Honorable mention last year went to Nicholas Faucher, Joseph Stenberg, and Milo Jon-Christopher Crimi.
  • Also rapidly approaching is the deadline to apply for an SIEPM one-to-one stipend, which funds junior scholars to visit and work with senior scholars. (At least the applying is something you can do from home!) Deadline is May 1, 2020.
  • The SIEPM also has a new best-paper-by-a-younger-scholar prize. Deadline is June 1, 2020. Details here.
  • Henrik Lagerlund is editing a special issue of Theoria on medieval skepticism. Submission deadline is August 31, 2020.
  • Finally, a reminder that Peter King will be joining the Virtual Colloquium tomorrow (April 23, 2020) to talk about Christine de Pizan.

Varia, even a job in Colorado

Latest News, including even some jobs

Here’s the latest news, all with deadlines approaching very quickly. If you’re hoping to close a gap between your aspirations and your achievements, don’t put off reading this email for too long!

  • The University of Groningen is advertising a four-year postdoc in the history of philosophy, to be associated with the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought. Application deadline is January 30, 2020.
  • KU Leuven is inviting applicants for a position associated with the Aristoteles Latinus project. This is a tenured, or tenure-track professorial position. Application deadline February 15, 2020.
  • St. Bonaventure University (New York) is hiring an assistant or associate professor of theology in the Franciscan tradition. Review of applications begins February 3, 2020.
  • Symposium Thomisticum V will take place in Cracow, June 4-6, 2020. The theme is “Aquinas on Action.” Deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 31.
  • The folk in Würzburg are advertising a summer school on “Affective Intentionality in Medieval Philosophy and Phenomenology.”  Dates are August 24-28, 2020. Application deadline is February 15.
  • The Lumen Christi Institute is advertising their latest round of summer seminars, including one in Chicago on the Five Ways and another in Berkeley on The City of God. Application deadline is February 1.  Details here.
  • The University of Notre Dame has announced a new project, their History of Philosophy Forum, which comes with opportunities, among other things, for international scholars to visit UND. See details here. Grant application deadline is February 7, 2020.
  • Speaking of Notre Dame, February 1 is the deadline for applying to the previously advertised, first ever, SMRP conference, to take place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2020, in South Bend. I’ll be there, and you should come too. Details here.

Various Career Opportunities

Conference Announcements

Wow, what a lot of conferences:

Approaching Deadlines

After my usual summer blogging hiatus, I’ve got a lot of material to share. Here are some items with quickly looming deadlines:

  • Although I don’t ordinarily post information about jobs advertised on philjobs, the folk at the University of Dallas asked me to spread the word about a nice tenure-track position in medieval there. Since there’s evidently not (yet?) a lot of things being advertised, I figure I might as well call it to your attention, here. Application deadline Nov. 1, 2019.
  • The University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research in the Humanities is advertising year-long fellowships for scholars working on Europe pre-1700. Details here. Deadline October 31, 2019.
  • Trier University has funding for a PhD student to investigate the meteorological works of Avicenna. Good Arabic, Greek and English are required (but not necessarily German). Queries should go directly to Andreas Lammer. Deadline October 24, 2019.
  • There’s a conference in Porto (Feb. 6-7, 2020) on the history across linguistic traditions of treatises De intellectu. Details here. Cfp deadline October 30, 2019.
  • The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium’s 2020 topic is Privilege and Position. Details here. Cfp deadline November 1, 2019. (Sewanee [Tennessee], April 17-18, 2020.)
  • The British Journal for the History of Philosophy is looking for a new editor. Details here. Application deadline October 31, 2019.

Upcoming Conferences and More

Here are various news items that I’ve gathered. This will probably be my last post until the end of the summer.

The AJP goes historical

Stephen Hetherington has been making a concerted effort to bring more history of philosophy into the Australian Journal of Philosophy. Here’s a statement he’s just released, calling for submissions:

I’m Stephen Hetherington, editor-in-chief of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. AJP is not only one of the world’s leading philosophy journals; it is also one of the oldest, with its hundredth year of publication fast approaching. Venerable and impressive, then: AJP has long been internationally known especially for the high quality of the ‘conceptual’/contemporary/analytic philosophy that it publishes. But I’m here to let you know that we welcome philosophically excellent and engaging papers in the history of philosophy, too.

In that spirit, we now have two new Associate Editors (AEs) with history specialisations – Margaret Cameron (Melbourne), in mediaeval philosophy, and Frisbee Sheffield (Cambridge), in ancient Greek and ancient Roman philosophy. Margaret and Frisbee will complement the terrific editorial work that is already being done by Deborah Brown (Queensland) and Paisley Livingston (Lingnan), who have been overseeing most of our history submissions.

So, I encourage you to think of AJP as a leading journal also for philosophically insightful papers in the history of philosophy. Thinking about where to send your new paper – the best thing that you’ve written in the history of philosophy since, well, your previous best paper? Think of AJP. Nod approvingly. Smile. (And then act on that nod and that smile.)