May 2022 News

Caterina Tarlazzi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) is searching for three postdoc positions related to her ERC Starting Grant, “Polyphonic Philosophy: Logic in the Long Twelfth Century for a New Horizon in the History of Philosophy.” Details can be found here. The positions begin September 1, 2022. The application deadline is June 10.

John P. McCaskey (Fordham) is looking to hire a research assistant to translate into English al-Fārābī’s untranslated writings on induction (a total of about twenty pages of tenth-century Arabic). He asks that anyone qualified and interested contact him at

Gyula Klima (Fordham) has founded a new group, the Society for the European History of Ideas, which be holding a hybrid conference in Lisbon this summer (August 1-5, 2022) on the topic First Principles: Semantic, Metaphysical, Theological.

Another Klima project, the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, is organizing a session on medieval logic for the ACPA (New Orleans, Nov. 17-20, 2022). If you’ve never been to New Orleans, you should seriously consider putting in a proposal either for this session (cfp deadline May 18; contact or some other session (see ACPA website).

Another nice place to visit is Denver (just down the road from me), and that will be the location for the Central Division meeting of the APA (Feb. 22-25, 2023). I wouldn’t ordinarily mention an APA meeting, but I’m on the program committee, and so proposals in medieval philosophy can be assured of getting serious consideration. (Cfp deadline is June 1. Submit here.)

Congratulations to the above-mentioned Caterina Tarlazzi for winning the annual BJHP prize for best article, for her paper “The Debate over Universals in the Time of Peter Abelard.” Medievalists nearly swept the honors there: Jordan Lavender (Notre Dame) won the best-graduate-essay prize for “The Mark of the Mental in the Fourteenth Century.”

Thomas Williams (South Florida) has accepted the Martin Chair in Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University, where he will start this fall. Plans are in the works for an inaugural Martin Chair conference.

London, Ukraine, etc.

King’s College London is advertising a permanent position (lecturer or senior lecturer) in medieval philosophy. The application deadline is May 1, 2022. Details here.

The Stephen Langton Project at the University of Warsaw has two positions available for Ukrainian refugees with the proficiency to work on the critical edition of Langton’s Quaestiones theologiae. For details contact Magdalena Bieniak.

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy is again advertising its annual Founder’s Prize Competition, for the best paper in medieval or renaissance philosophy by a younger scholar. The deadline is June 1, 2022. Details on their web page.

The SIEPM is advertising its junior scholar award, for a paper published by a doctoral student or postdoc. The deadline is June 1, 2022.

The SIEPM also offers stipends for junior scholars to visit senior individual researchers. (Applications to come work with me in Boulder would be very welcomed!) That deadline is May 1, 2022. Details here.

Vivarium, in celebration of their 60th volume, has selected some of the best articles from past volumes, which are now posted, and free to download, on their website.

Mapping the Via Marsiliana, previously scheduled to occur at Nijmegen this spring, has been rescheduled for June 30-July 2, 2022. It will take place in a hybrid format.

Yale University is hosting a conference next spring on Islamic philosophy, 30 years after Richard M. Frank: Al-Ghazali and Avicenna in Post-Classical Islam (New Haven, April 7-8, 2023). The cfp deadline is this week, April 15, 2022.

Alexander Lamprakis (LMU Munich) has won the SIEPM Junior Scholar Award for 2021, for his paper “Believing Miracles in 10th-11th Century Baghdad: Four Christian Philosophers on a Problem of Epistemic Justification.” Claudia Appolloni (Bologna) was named runner-up.

Since I failed to announce the 2020 winner of that SIEPM prize, I might as well say now that it was Lukáš Lička (Prague), for his paper “The Visual Process: Immediate or Successive? Approaches to the Extramission Postulate in 13th-Century Theories of Vision.”

Catching Up on Spring News

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! Here’s a first installment of the news:

LMU Munich is sponsoring a hybrid conference next week on Medieval Arabic and Latin Conceptions of Spirit (March 25-26, 2022). There’s some information here.

There’s a March 31 deadline for various fellowships and grants offered by the British Society for the History of Philosophy.

Philosophers living in circumstances that put them at risk of persecution or harassment are invited to apply for a visiting scholarship at Cornell University. The deadline for application is April 15, 2022.

There’s a conference this spring in Ottawa on the Philosophical Thought of Godfrey of Fontaines (May 11-13, 2022).

There’s a hybrid meeting on late scholastic Iberian theories of ethics and cosmopolitan justice being organized for May by the research group on Thought and Jesuit Tradition in the Early Modernity (PEMOSJ) (May 12-13, Seville). Details here.

Lydia Schmacher (King’s College London) is hosting a hybrid conference on Powers of the Soul in Medieval (Franciscan) Thought (London, May 27-28, 2022).

The Marquette Annual Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition plans to be back in person this summer, on the topic Intellect, Divinity, and the Good in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition (June 20-22, 2022).

The Max Planck Institute is running a conference next fall on Philosophical Perspectives on Medieval Theories of Science (Berlin, Sept. 27-28, 2022).

The Vicious, Antisocial, Sinful project has announced a medieval workshop for early 2023, in Jyväskylä. Abstracts should be submitted by April 14, 2022. Details here.

Congratulations to Ana María Mora Márquez (Gothenburg), who’s received a five-year extension from the Wallenberg Academy to pursue social epistemology within Aristotelian theories of science. Be on the lookout for one or more postdocs coming out of this project in 2023.

Winter ’22 News

Rega Wood (Indiana) is looking for a research associate to work on the Richard Rufus Project. It’s a one-year position, possibly extendable, and open either to junior or to more senior scholars looking for a sabbatical opportunity. Applicants should be comfortable working with both medieval paleography and computer-based projects. Further information here. The advertised soft deadline was January 15, 2022, but Rega asked me just today to post something.

Somerville College (Oxford) is hosting an interdisciplinary conference on New Visions of Julian of Norwich (July 15-16, 2022). This will be a hybrid event. Abstracts are due February 1, 2022.

The Aquinas Institute at Blackfriars Hall (Oxford) is sponsoring a workshop in early summer on Aquinas’s Christology, aimed at graduate students and recent graduates. Expenses will be covered. The dates are May 30 – June 2, 2022. Details here. The application deadline is February 1, 2022.

Edit Lukács and Monika Michałowska (Łódz) are sponsoring an online conference this March 10-11 on The Oxford Calculators and Their Milieu on Ethics. Talks will be available, prerecorded, in advance, and the conference itself will consist of live discussion sessions.

The University of Sydney is sponsoring a Workshop on Epistemic Virtue from the Ancient to the Early Modern Period (April 20-21, 2022). It is currently planned as a hybrid event. Details here. Cfp deadline is February 5, 2022.

Junior scholars hoping to get to Paris for the huge SIEPM congress in August are eligible to apply for financial aid. Application deadline is March 20, 2022. Details here.

The Thomistic Institute (Washington DC) is offering various programs this summer:

The Lumen Christi Institute has announced their annual slate of week-long summer courses. Particularly relevant to this blog is a seminar on Aquinas’s Five Ways, led by Stephen Brock (Rome) and a seminar on Origen of Alexandria by John Behr (Aberdeen) and Lewis Ayres (Durham). The courses are intended for PhD students. Funding is available. Details here.

The University of Łódz is sponsoring another conference next fall, The Forgotten Giants’ Shoulders — In the Background of Famous Philosophical Ideas: Methodological Breaks and Continuations in the Philosophy of Nature. The cfp deadline is March 31, 2022. (Łódz, September 6-10, 2022.)

Medievalists have done very well in grant competitions this winter.

  • Lorenz Demey (KU Leuven) has received an ERC Starting Grant for his project, “Towards a Systematic Theory of Aristotelian Diagrams in Logical Geometry”
  • Tamer Nawar (Groningen) has received an ERC Starting Grant for his project, “Truth in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy”
  • Caterina Tarlazzi (Venice) has received an ERC Starting Grant for her project, ““Polyphonic Philosophy: Logic in the Long Twelfth Century (c. 1070-1220) for a New Horizon in the History of Philosophy”
  • Joseph Stenberg (San Jose State) has received an NEH grant for “The Ethics of 14th-Century French Philosopher Jean Buridan”
  • Thomas Ward (Baylor) has received an NEH grant for “John Duns Scotus’s De Primo Principio: Translation and Commentary”

November News

The Catholic University of America is advertising two open-rank positions in philosophy. Yes, that’s right, two positions, both open rank, and they are “particularly interested in applicants who work in medieval philosophy or Thomistic ethics.” The soft application deadline is December 17, 2021. Details here.

Colorado State University, just up the road from me in Fort Collins, is once again advertising a senior position in “Catholic Philosophy or Theology.” (This search had been previously advertised two years ago, but suspended due to the pandemic.) The position, an endowed chair, is rostered in the philosophy department, and so ought to be a good opportunity for medievalists. The application deadline is December 1, 2021.

The University of Fribourg is also advertising a senior position, in medieval philosophy. Note that the languages of instruction there are both French and German, and, no, they do not mean one or the other. The application deadline is November 30, 2021. Details here (scroll down, unless you are also interested in their senior position in ancient philosophy).

The University of Milan is advertising a postdoc in “The History of Medieval or Early Modern Philosophy with expertise on Platonism or History of Cosmology.” The application deadline is November 22, 2021. Details here, although, unless your Italian is better than mine, from there you will have to click on various random further links until you hit upon useful information.

The journal Philósophos, published by the Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil), is publishing a special issue on medieval philosophy. The cfp deadline is December 20th, 2021. Details here.

This coming week, there is a two-day conference in Paris on Radulphus Brito. (November 18-19, 2021). Details here. (This is perhaps a good moment to celebrate that the Pariscope médiévale newsletter is back up and running.)

The indefatigable Nicola Polloni (Leuven), in collaboration with Shixiang Jin (Beijing), has organized a workshop on theories of matter in the European and Chinese premodern traditions. It’s on Zoom, December 10-11, 2021. Details here, on Nicola’s blog. (This is perhaps a good moment, also, to thank Nicola for the abundant information he makes available every month on the Iberica Philosophica Mediaevalia newsletter, some of which I am transmitting here.)

The aforementioned University of Fribourg is planning a two-day conference, next spring, on the supernatural: “Entre anges et démons : les êtres surnaturels au Moyen-âge et aux premiers temps modernes.” The goal is to recruit an interdisciplinary group of scholars, and the conference will be bilingual, French and German (March 7-8, 2022). Cfp deadline is December 1, 2021.

The SIEPM has rescheduled a previously postponed conference on dialectic in the Middle Ages. It will run April 4-6, 2022, at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Details here. The cfp deadline is December 20, 2021.

Spring Conferences

There’s a conference at Ave Maria University this coming February on St. Thomas Aquinas as Spiritual Teacher (Florida, February 10-12, 2022).

This coming March, the University of Illinois at Chicago is hosting a conference in Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy (March 7-8, 2022). I fear the cfp deadline was last week, but perhaps it’s not too late to get a submission in. There is some funding available for participants.

In April, there’s a hybrid conference on Hylomorphism into Pieces: Elements, Atoms, and Corpuscles in the Late Middle Ages (1400-1600). (Stockholm and Leuven and Zoom, April 7-8, 2022). The cfp deadline is October 30, 2021.

The Robert Grosseteste Study Centre, in collaboration with Bishop Grosseteste University, is organizing an inaugural interdisciplinary event, The International Medieval Mind Conference (Lincoln UK, June 30-July 2, 2022). The cfp deadline is December 17, 2021.

Already begun this fall is a series of lectures on medieval philosophy organized by Danya Maslov (Moscow State) and Graziana Ciola (Radboud). There’s a talk scheduled for each of the first three Wednesdays of November, with more to be scheduled.

Next month, there’s an intriguing online interdisciplinary conference organized by the Max Planck Institute, on Scientific Questions Then and Now, featuring Peter Adamson and other luminaries (November 3, 2021, on Zoom).

UC Louvain is advertising a PhD position focused on studying nominalism in the 17th century, under the supervision of Jacob Schmutz. The dissertation can be written in English. The application deadline is October 31, 2021. Details here.

There’s a special issue on ‘Superstitio’ from Ancient to Early Modern being put together by Lexicon Philosophicum: International Journal for the History of Texts and Ideas. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2021.

In the category of “just missed it” falls a two-day conference in Paris on Le statut ontologique des couleurs en philosophie ancienne et médiévale (October 21-22, 2022).

I don’t ordinarily post information about jobs that are listed at, but since John Inglis asked me to call attention to the junior position being advertised at the University of Dayton, I’m happy to do it!

I’m also happy to report that Georgetown University has reopened its search to fill the Martin Chair in medieval philosophy. Applications should be made here. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2021.

Fall 2021 News

The deadline for applying for the SIEPM One-to-One Stipend is September 30th, 2021. This stipend of 1,500 EUR supports junior researchers to visit and work with a senior researcher. See details here.

Monika Michałowska (Łódź) has organized a conference on The Oxford Calculators and Their Milieu on Ethics. It will be held online, March 10–11, 2022. The cfp deadline is October 30th, 2021. 

In addition to the big SMRP conference in early October, Notre Dame is hosting a conference next May 20-22, 2022 on medieval philosophy and theology. One way to get onto the program is to submit an abstract to the SMRP, before the end of November, 2021. Contact Fr. Philip-Neri Reese.

The SMRP awarded the 2021 Founder’s Prize for best paper by a younger scholar to André Martin (McGill University) for his paper “The Activity of the Soul and the Causality of its Object: Gonsalvus of Spain and the Influence of Peter John Olivi.”  Honorable mention went to Hashem Morvarid (University of Illinois at Chicago) for his paper “The Muʿtazila’s Arguments against Divine Command Theory.”

Peter Adamson has recently published an essay in the New Statesman, “Are Islamic Philosophers Critical of Authority?”

Copenhagen, Leuven, Budapest, etc.

The University of Copenhagen has announced two 2-year postdoc positions, both focused on twelfth-century logic. Applications are due October 15, 2021. Details here.

KU Leuven–more specifically, Christophe Geudens and Nicola Polloni–have organized a two-day seminar on Knowability and the Limits of Knowledge. It will be partly medieval in focus, and partly a general discussion of epistemology. It’s on Zoom, this Thursday and Friday (September 2-3, 2021), starting at 4pm in Leuven.

The energetic folk at Leuven have also organized a series of medieval colloquia, running through the fall and spring, and especially highlighting junior scholars. The format is hybrid, in person and on zoom.

Still more, there’s a large conference, which I don’t seem to have previously announced, on Aristotle’s De sensu in the Latin Tradition 1150-1650. It’s also a hybrid event, live and on Zoom, running from Pavia to Leuven. (September 13-14, 2021, in Pavia; September 17-18 in Leuven)

There are two major conferences on the Eucharist getting underway, in September, in Budapest. First there’s a philosophical conference, on the Metaphysics and Theology of the Eucharist, which starts tomorrow! (September 1-4, 2021). It’s another hybrid event, with the schedule available here. Then there’s the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress (September 5-12, 2021), which is aimed at a much wider audience.

The American Cusanus Society is holding their biennial conference in a month, on the theme of Mystical Theology and Renaissance Platonism in the Time of Cusanus (September 24-26, Gettysburg and Zoom). Information is on Twitter!

There’s a special issue in the works, for History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis, on Revisionary Metaphysics in the Middle Ages. The guest editors are Stephan Schmid (Hamburg) and Sonja Schierbaum (Wuerzburg), and they’ve put out a call for proposals. (The deadline is April 23, 2022.)

August 2021 News

The draft schedule is now available for the first of what will hopefully be a regular series of SMRP conferences (Notre Dame, October 3-6, 2021). It’s going to be a huge event; the largest medieval philosophy conference in North America since I’ve been in the field. Information available here.

The American Catholic Philosophical Association is inviting submissions from junior scholars for its annual essay contest. Details here.

The Franciscan Institute is sponsoring a conference on Roger Bacon’s Moralis Philosophia, in celebration of a new English translation of this text by Jeremiah Hackett and Thomas Maloney (July 21-24, 2022, St. Bonaventure, NY). Cfp deadline is October 4, 2021. Details here.

There’s a webinar series running this summer on the history and theology of encounters between Catholic and Muslims. It’s sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute and the American Cusanus Society. Details here.

The 43rd Cologne Mediaevistentagung (Sept. 5-9, 2022) has extended its Cfp deadline until August 31, 2021. The topic, a rather timely one for our field, is “Consensus.”

Katja Kraus’s research group at the Max Planck Institute is advertising a position for a scholar of the premodern science of soul and body, with expertise in Syriac, Persian, or Hebrew. The application deadline is August 31, 2021. Details here.

The Institute for Research in the Humanities (Wisconsin-Madison) is again advertising the Solmsen Fellowship, a year-long fellow which “sponsors scholars working in the humanities on European history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, art and culture in the classical, medieval, and/or early modern periods before 1700.” Applications due October 28, 2021.

Congratulations to Tobias Hoffmann, who has been named Professor of Medieval Philosophy at Sorbonne Université. (That’s the position at Paris IV that has been vacant since Pasquale Porro returned to Italy several years ago.)

Happenings in July

I’ve been very negligent in posting about a two-year postdoc in Prague, in medieval philosophy. The deadline is TOMORROW, July 15, 2021. Information here, at #4. The position starts in January 2022.

The deadline for submissions for the Res Philosophica Essay Prize has been extended until August 1, 2021. The topic is “Theological Dogma and Philosophical Innovation in Medieval Philosophy.” There’s fame and money to be won.

Claude Panaccio may have retired, but you can see him on YouTube, speaking about “Ockham on Substance” at a Brazilian conference in honor of Carlos Arthur Ribeiro do Nascimento.

There’s an international conference this fall on Arnau of Villanova, organized at Barcelona, but online, on October 4-8, 2021. Details here.