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.

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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.)

  • There’s a special issue of Theoria in the works, devoted to medieval skepticism. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2019.
  • The 24th Annual Colloquium of the SIEPM will take place in Varna (Bulgaria) this coming fall, on the subject of the Dionysian Traditions (September 9-11, 2019).
  • The Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group is sponsoring a meeting in Pisa, June 18-21, 2019, on “Intellect, Experience and More.” Details here.
  • There’s an interview with Peter Adamson (LMU Munich) at the What Is It Like … series.
  • The Albert the Great Center is holding a week-long summer theology program on St. Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, drawing on Aquinas’s commentary. Details here (Wausau, Wisconsin, Aug. 12-16, 2019).
  • The University of Pennsylvania libraries are advertising one-month visiting research fellowships for 2019-2020, aimed at their large collection of premodern manuscripts. The application deadline is May 15, 2019. Information here.
  • The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy is taking submissions for its annual Founders’ Prize, for the best paper in the field by an emerging scholar. The deadline is May 1, 2019. Details here.
  • I’m sorry to report that Loome Theological Books, in Stillwater, Minnesota, formerly the world’s greatest bookstore for medieval philosophy, has gone out of business.

Various News Items

Prizes and Other Announcements

It seems I’ve been negligent in posting material — judging from just how much information I have to post.

  • Congratulations, first and foremost, to Jon McGinnis and Billy Dunaway, of the Univ. Missouri-Saint Louis, who have won $1.1M from the Templeton Foundation for a project on The Christian West and Islamic East: Theology, Science, and Knowledge. The goal of the project is “linking Medieval Islamic philosophy to contemporary questions about the epistemology of religion in the analytic tradition.” Scholars working in the vicinity, or who might like to be working in the vicinity, should keep an eye on funding opportunities coming out of this project.
  • Congratulations as well to Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen), whose 2017 book, Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes (Cambridge UP), has won the annual book prize from the Journal of the History of Philosophy.
  • The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is advertising a one-year Mellon postdoc for junior faculty in North America. Application deadline February 1, 2019.
  • The 9th Annual Veritas et Amor Contest is being advertised again, for dissertations or books by younger authors (under 35) on Thomas Aquinas. With a prize of €2000, this is well worth competing for! Deadline of February 15, 2019.
  • The Institute for Anselm Studies is accepting applications for the John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant, for PhD students and recent graduates working on Anselm. The grant provides a week of funding at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Details can be found here.

Now, some conferences:

Mostly Conferences

First, news about a funding opportunity:

  • Laurent Cesalli has received a major grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for a four-year project on forms of realism in the medieval tradition as compared to the Austrian-German tradition. He has funds for two postdocs and a doctoral student. The project requires scholarly background in both the medieval and later German tradition, and so language skills in both Latin and German. The project starts in April 2019, and interested parties should contact Laurent directly.

Next, a graduate seminar this spring:

  • The Newberry Library (Chicago) is offering a 10-week graduate seminar this spring on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and its reception, taught by Ian Cornelius (Loyola Chicago). For students at a great many American universities, there looks to be some funding to support attendance. The application deadline is TOMORROW (November 12, 2018). Seminar dates are January 11 – March 15, 2019.

Finally, various conferences:

  • This coming week, there’s a conference in Bonn on Peter Thomae’s De ente (Universität Bonn, November 16-17, 2018).
  • Journées thomistes 2018 takes place in a few weeks, on the topic Le corps humain selon Thomas d’Aquin : nature et destinée (Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018).
  • Marleen Rozemond and Brian Embry are organizing a conference this spring on Varieties of Unity in Early Modern Philosophy. This is relevant on this blog because the call expressly invites contributions on late-scholastic authors (Groningen, April 12-13, 2019). Cfp deadline is January 10, 2019.
  • Jamal Rachak (Univ. Cadi Ayyad, Marrakesh) is organizing a symposium this coming April on Philosophy in the Islamic West (Marrakesh, April 25-26, 2019). The call for papers deadline is November 30, 2018. Details here.
  • Peter Hartman and Kristen Irwin are organizing a conference, Francisco Suárez: Predecessors and Successors, for the spring (Loyola Univ. Chicago, April 26-27, 2019). Note that some funding is available for would-be participants. Application deadline December 31, 2018.
  • The International Medieval Society Paris is holding an interdisciplinary conference on Time next summer (Paris, July 8-10, 2019). Cfp deadline is November 30, 2018.

Coming Events

A lot of events have been announced since I last posted about this:

Also, Doctor virtualis: Rivista online di storia della filosofia medievale has put out a call for papers for its fifteenth(!) volume. The topic of this volume is mysticism. Submission of a brief abstract is due very soon: September 15th, 2018.

Also, as it happens, September 15th is also the deadline for submissions to (at least) two philosophy sessions at the big Kalamazoo conference (May 9-12, 2019):