These positions seem suitable only for someone with a strong background in Thomism. Details here.
- Among the latest news in the field, first and always foremost, is that a new job in medieval philosophy has been posted at Dominican University College in Ottawa. It’s listed as a tenure-track assistant professor position, though in the very next sentence the job description seems to say that it’s at most a three-year position. A query to the dean about this seeming contradiction produced no reply. Adding to the mystery is that the job is not advertised on PhilJobs.org, which rather undermines the claim of the ad that “Applications are encourage [sic] from all qualified women and men.” Notice that the position requires “teaching competence in both English and French.”
- There’s a major conference on the history of logic sponsored by Alain de Libera at the Collège de France next week, mostly focused on medieval material (Paris, May 14-15, 2018). Details here.
- The Aquinas and “the Arabs” International Working Group is meeting in August in Mexico City (August 23-25, 2018, Universidad Panamericana). I’m afraid the call for papers expired May 1, but folk who are interested might contact the organizers about whether there’s still room on the program.
- The heroic efforts of Alexis Bugnolo to print an English translation of the entirety of Bonaventure’s Sentences commentary have run into some difficulty. It seems the publisher is unwilling to continue stocking the 2300 remaining copies of volume 1, and is threatening to destroy them. If you’d like to do your part to save an endangered book, you can purchase a copy here. (Thanks to John Inglis for this information.)
- Unfortunately, perhaps as a kind of collateral damage from these efforts at publication, it seems that the freely available electronic translations of this work are no longer available at the Franciscan Archive.
- It’s not quite too late, though only a few hours are left, to submit a paper to the SMRP’s Founder’s Award Prize. Graduate students and PhDs within the last five years are eligible. Deadline is today, May 1.
- Congratulations to Peter Adamson, whose History of Philosophy without any gaps podcast has just made its way to the end of the Middle Ages, and posted its 300th episode, not counting the 62 episodes he’s completed on Indian philosophy, and a few more in the newly started series on African philosophy. Next up is Byzantium, which I suppose means he isn’t really done with the Middle Ages. And doubtless there’s still Renaissance scholasticism to look forward to. Lest you think this a quixotic project, you might like to know that the total number of podcast downloads stands at 21 million. What’s your citation index?
- While I’m congratulating Peter, I might as well mention that he also recently won a large European Research Council grant for his project on animals in Islamic philosophy.
- Also, check out Peter’s interview on the APA Blog, in which he talks about diversifying the canon. (I myself recently weighed in on this topic, in an interview at 3am.)
- The British Journal for the History of Philosophy is looking for a new associate editor who would oversee submissions in medieval philosophy. Application deadline is May 25, 2018. (Thanks to Caleb Cohoe for the pointer. I’m told Peter Adamson will NOT be applying for this job.)
- I’ve discovered a remarkable web page devoted to medieval commentaries on the Bible at big.hypotheses.org/. It contains much information about the medieval Latin Bible, the common gloss, and various later medieval commentaries, including, among much else, a working electronic edition of Aquinas’s Catena aurea. For the electronic version of the Glossa ordinaria, see here.
- The folks at the Aquinas Institute, who have been busily publishing big bilingual editions of Aquinas’s Opera, are now starting to make available ebooks, formatted to be read on your Kindle or other such device. For a small fee, you get a Latin-English text that is designed to be read on a portable reader, and that even lets you look up Latin vocabulary on your screen.
Here’s my annual roundup of jobs that were advertised in medieval philosophy this past fall. I offer this information not for people on the job market, who have long since known about these, but for those who are curious about what the market looked like, but not curious enough to do the research themselves. You will note that all but one of these positions is in the USA. In part that reflects the nature of the job market, but it also reflects the difficulty of finding out about positions in Europe, which, unfortunately, are often not advertised on philjobs.org or on any other central listing. Of course, I am always glad to advertise such positions at In medias PHIL, when I learn of them.
- Jobs with AOS in the history of philosophy, broadly construed:
- Weber State
- UMass Lowell
- Jobs that mentioned medieval philosophy explicitly:
- St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia): AOS in philosophy of religion, but perhaps paired with medieval philosophy, metaphysics, and/or epistemology.
- Hope College: AOS open, with a strong preference for someone with teaching and research interests in at least one of the following areas: Ancient/Medieval Philosophy, Ethics, or Philosophy of Mind.
- Charles University (Prague): three-year lecturer position in medieval philosophy.
- Emory and Henry College: AOS: Ethics; AOC: history of ancient and medieval philosophy, critical thinking, philosophy of science, aesthetics.
- Georgia Southern University: AOS: Ancient Philosophy. AOC: medieval, American philosophy, African philosophy, and/or philosophy of race.
- Postdocs mentioning medieval philosophy (in particular): (obviously there are lots of general fellowships that would accept projects in medieval)
- Purdue University: three-year postdoc.
- Brown University: Cogut Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy (AOS: Islamic and Arabic Philosophy; AOC: Medieval)
Thanks to Joseph Stenberg for the list.
Here’s the latest collection of news and events that’s come my way:
- There’s a memorial workshop in honor of Marilyn Adams next month at Rutgers University (February 16-17, 2018).
- Brian Leftow, currently the Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oxford University, has accepted the Alston Chair for the Philosophy of Religion at Rutgers University.
- LMU Munich is advertising a W2 Professorship in Renaissance philosophy. The application deadline is March 8, 2018. (For North American readers wondering what a W2 professorship is, Peter Adamson (who’s involved in the search) tells me that “the closest analogy would be Associate Professor.” The most senior positions are W3, but a W2 requires a “a strong track record of research already.” If you’re waiting for a W1 to appear, don’t. There apparently is no such thing!)
- Charles University (Prague) is advertising a three-year lectureship in medieval philosophy. Application deadline is March 15, 2018.
- For the 8th year, the Circolo San Tommaso d’Aquino Onlus is sponsoring a contest for younger scholars (35 or younger) on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. Application deadline February 16, 2018. The prize is €2000. Information here.
- Graduate students have until the end of January to apply for this year’s Jan Wojcik Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Journal of the History of Philosophy. It’s a travel grant worth up to $4K. Details here.
- Warren Zev Harvey (Hebrew University) is offering a week-long masterclass on the philosophy of Hasdai Crescas, at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, April 30 -May 4, 2018). A small number of grants will be available to cover lodging. For further information, contact Yitzhak Melamed.
- The University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a conference this spring on Disability in Latin Medieval Philosophy and Theology (April 26-28, 2018).
- Also that week in April, the University of Navarra is hosting an International Congress on Intelligence and Will in Thomas Aquinas (Pamplona, April 26-27, 2018). Deadline for proposals is March 1.
- The annual Cornell Summer Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy will again be held in Brooklyn (June 6-8, 2o18).
- In July, the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought is sponsoring a summer school on The Challenge of Natural Teleology: Final Causes from Aristotle to Darwin” (July 3-6, 2018). This is timed to precede the HOPOS Conference, also in Groningen, on July 9-12.
- I don’t usually post information about medieval jobs that are advertised at philjobs.org, but Jeff Brower asked me to call attention to the very attractive three-year postdoc that Purdue University is advertising, specifically in medieval philosophy! The application deadline is the end of December. Details here.
- As the Daily Nous reported a few weeks back, a couple of medievalists have recently won grants of around $2M from the European Research Council.
- Dragos Calma (Cambridge) won for his project: “Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions. A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Latin West (9th-16th Centuries).”
- Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Groningen) won for her project: “The Social Epistemology of Argumentation.” (This is evidently not an historical project, however.)
- Enrique Alarcón is directing a conference this spring: “Inteligencia y voluntad en Tomás de Aquino” (April 26-27, 2018, Pamplona).
- The Maimonides Centre in Hamburg is organizing a summer school for graduate students on “Sceptical Strategies, Methods, and Approaches in the Middle Ages: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Traditions” (July 29-Aug. 3, 2018, in Hamburg). Details here.
- The Lumen Christi Institute is organizing a summer seminar for doctoral students on “St. Thomas Aquinas on Free Choice” (June 24-July 4, 2018, Chicago), and a second on “Truth and Authority in Augustine’s City of God” (July 21-28, 2018, Berkeley). Details here.
- The Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec (near Cracow) is hosting a conference next fall: “Altiora te ne quaesieris (Sir. 3, 22): The medieval pursuit of wisdom” (September 2-7, 2018). Cfp deadline is March 31.
- A useful Aquinas resource to know about is the Aquinas Institute‘s online version of their bilingual editions. Everything they’ve published is available free here, in an easy-to-use, searchable bilingual format. As of now, that consists in Sent. IV dd. 1-25, ST, In Job, In Matt., In Johan., and all of the Pauline commentaries. For scholars, the Corpus Thomisticum is still clearly much better, but for students this could come to be a very useful resource.
The Thomas-Institut (Cologne) is advertising a position to edit Ibn Bāǧǧa’s commentary on Aristotle’s De generatione et corruptione. Application deadline is July 30. Information here.
Also, EGSAMP (the European Graduate School for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy) has announced a summer school this September 27-30, 2017, in Berlin, on this topic: ‘A Path Through the Ages’: Philosophy and Doxography from Ancient to Early Modern Philosophy. Details here.