- 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.
- The New Narratives project is advertising two postdocs for 2020-21 supporting “research related to the retrieval and recognition of philosophical works by women and individuals from other marginalized groups from the medieval period through to the early 20th century.” The postdocs can be held at any of various partner institutions around the globe. Application deadline is July 15, 2020.
- The UK Medieval Philosophy Network is going online for its summer meeting, on June 29, 2020, from 2-5pm in the UK. Speakers will include Richard Sorabji and Véronique Decaix. Their web page does not, as of now, seem to include details about the meeting, but John Marenbon has asked me to pass along these details: https://zoom.us/j/94007797453?pwd=UWJsMG1OZGZodzFJU0kyaCtJRUZ6UT09 / Meeting ID: 940 0779 7453 / Password: 050844.
- The Lumen Christi Institute, together with the American Cusanus Society, is sponsoring a series of online seminars on the subject of Reason and Beauty in the Renaissance. There’s a meeting every Tuesday, from now into August, at 7pm in Chicago.
- There’s a call for papers out, for an edited volume on The Parisian School of Saint-Victor in the Middle Ages. Deadline for receiving an abstract is July 31, 2020.
- 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.
- Stockholm University is advertising a three-year postdoc position on The Mechanization of Philosophy between 1300 and 1700. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.
- The University of Campinas in Brazil is advertising a postdoc position in ancient or medieval philosophy. The application deadline is February 28, 2020.
- Colorado State University, just up the road from where I live, is advertising a senior position for a scholar working “within the Catholic intellectual tradition.” I don’t have any inside information on what they are looking for, but medievalists (on the Christian side) would presumably be well qualified. Deadline Feb. 24, 2020.
- Columbia University’s Center for New Narratives in Philosophy is sponsoring a workshop this weekend: “Seeking Authority: Women, Genre, and Philosophical Reflection in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.” (NYC, February 15-16, 2020). Oddly, there seems to be nothing on the web about this, but for information send a query to email@example.com.
- There’s a conference this May in Bologna on Intersections of Theology, Language and Cognition in the Medieval Tradition and Beyond (May 12-13, 2020).
- The Aquinas and “the Arabs” International Working Group is running a conference in London this June, on Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions: Structures of Being, World and Mind. (June 11-13, 2020).
- The first Thomistic Summer Conference is being held this June at Thomas Aquinas College in California. The topic is Faith and Reason. (June 18-20, 2020; cfp deadline is March 7)
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.
- SISMEL is advertising a one-year postdoctoral fellowship intended to support the production of a critical edition in medieval Latin. The deadline has been extended to December 18, 2019.
- The Thomas Ricklin Prize “is aimed at supporting the publication of a critical study or annotated edition of a text in the field of medieval and renaissance philosophy by young scholars.” The prize is worth 3000 Euros. The deadline is December 30, 2019.
- The Charles Schmitt Prize goes to a paper “in any area of intellectual history, broadly construed, 1500 to the present.” Deadline of December 31, 2019.
- Mattia Cipriani (FU Berlin) and Nicola Polloni (HU Berlin) are soliciting papers for a volume entitled “Contrasting Nature: Idealixation and the Degradation of the Natural World in the Middle Ages”. The abstract deadline is January 15, 2020.
- Notre Dame University is advertising Mellow Junior Faculty Fellowships in Medieval Studies. Application deadline: February 1, 2020.
- The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at Toronto is also advertising Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Application deadline: February 1, 2020.
- The European Journal for the Study of Thomas Aquinas has put out a call for submissions to volume 38. The deadline is March 1, 2020.
- A special issue of Topoi will be devoted to the topic of double intentionality, looking both at phenomenology and the medieval tradition. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2020.
Wow, what a lot of conferences:
- Next week there’s a conference in Helsinki: “Rationality in Perception: Transformations of Mind and Cognition 1250-1550” (December 12-14, 2019).
- This coming January, there will be a conference in London on “The Intercultural Roots of Early Scholasticism: Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin” (January 23-24, 2020).
- The Aquinas Center at Ave Maria University is holding a conference on Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology (Florida, Feb. 7-18, 2020).
- In April, at St. Andrews, there’s a workshop on “Theories of Paradox in the Middle Ages” (April 28-29, 2020). Cfp deadline February 1, 2020. [Date corrected from original post.]
- There is a conference on vernacular philosophy in the later Middle Ages this coming May at the Universidad Complutense (May 11-13, 2020, Madrid). Cfp deadline December 15, 2019.
- Also in May, there’s a conference in London on “13th Century English Franciscan Thought” (May 29-31, 2020).
- The Avicenna Study Group will meet in Germany next June, with the goal of assembling presentations on all eight of Avicenna’s main works (Trier, June 3-5, 2020).
- There’s a conference at Leuven in June on “Essence and Existence in the 13th and 14th Centuries” (June 5-6, 2020). Cfp February 15, 2020.
- “After Avicenna,” a conference on post-Avicennian Islamic thought, will be held in Finland this coming June (June 5-7, 2020, Jyväskylä).
- Next June in Greece there’s a conference on The Reception of Plato in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Athens, June 8-9, 2020). Cfp December 15, 2020.
- The 24th annual colloquium of the SIEPM will take place in Porto this coming June, on the topic “Per cognitionem visualem. The Visualization of Cognitive and Natural Processes in the Middle Ages” (June 18-19, 2020). Cfp deadline February 1.
- Marquette University is holding a conference next summer on Causes and Causality in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition (June 22-24, 2020). Cfp deadline March 1, 2020.
- The European Symposium of Medieval Logic and Semantics will meet in Warsaw this coming June, under the topic “Time, Tense, and Modality” (June 22-25, 2020).
- There’s a conference in the Netherlands next fall on “Complexio across Times and Disciplines” (Nijmegen, September 10-11, 2020). Cfp deadline January 15, 2020.
- There’s a conference next September in Poland on “The Will and Its Acts in Late Medieval Ethics and Theology” (Łódź, September 24-25, 2020). There seems to be no information on the internet, as of yet, but interested parties should contact Monika Michałowska.
- The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy is, for the first time, holding its own multi-day conference. The inaugural location is the University of Notre Dame (Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2020, South Bend, Indiana). Cfp deadline February 1, 2020.
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.
Here are various news items that I’ve gathered. This will probably be my last post until the end of the summer.
- This coming week, there’s an impressive conference in Poland on Mind and Body: Aspects of Medieval Natural Philosophy (Lodz, June 13-14, 2019).
- The 5th Rio Colloquium on Logic and Metaphysics in the Later Middle Ages is coming later this month, on Distinctions and Priorities in the Later Middle Ages (Rio de Janeiro, June 24-26, 2019). (Apparently there’s no information on the internet, but anyone interested should contact the organizer, Professor Rodrigo Guerizoli.)
- A conference on Naturaleza y Teoría Política en el Pensar Medieval y Renacentista will take place this summer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires, August 26-28, 2019)
- There’s an International Graduate Conference on the History of Philosophy scheduled for September on Platonism and Aristotelianism in the History of Philosophy (Pavia, Sept. 16-17, 2019). The cfp deadline is July 15.
- The University of Notre Dame is hosting a conference in September on Cusanus Today: Prospects for Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism (Sept. 19-21, 2019)
- A conference with a focus on translation will take place next spring: Traduction… trahison? Textes, représentations, archéologie, autorité et mémoire de l’Antiquité à la Renaissance (Université de Picardie-Jules Verne, March 11-13, 2020)
- Another conference on the later medieval emergence of vernacular thought will take place later in the spring: El diálogo de las lenguas: la emergencia del pensamiento en vernáculo (siglos XIII-XVI) (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, May 11-13, 2020)
- I’ve stumbled upon an interesting attempt to collect information about medieval texts in translation, at HMAOT: Haut Moyen Age Occidental en Traduction. The focus is on the earlier Middle Ages, and runs well beyond philosophy.
- The Averroes Edition Project in Cologne is looking to fill a three-year PhD position in Arabic philosophy. Details here.
- There’s an interesting interview with Thomas Williams at 3:16. He talks there, among many other things, about his new translation of the Confessions.
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.)