2017-18 Jobs in Medieval Philosophy

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.

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News of All Sizes

Here’s the latest collection of news and events that’s come my way:

Post-Docs, Grants, Summer Schools, Etc.

  • 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.

Research position in Arabic philosophy, and a summer school in Berlin

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.

Late Spring News

This will probably be my last post until August. First, some information about upcoming events:

  • The Collège de France is holding a two-day international colloquium, Philosopher au XIIe siècle, at the end of May (Paris, May 29-30, 2017).
  • There’s a conference on Knowledge as Assimilation, ranging over ancient and medieval material, co-sponsored by the Rationality in Perception group in Helsinki and the Representation and Reality group in Gothenberg (Helsinki, June 9-11, 2017).
  • The University of Bonn is holding a conference this summer, on “Time and Modality. Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives” (July 20-22, 2017). Immediately before the conference (July 17-19), they’re running a summer school in conjunction with themes from the conference. The application deadline for the summer school is May 31. Details on the summer school here.
  • The Thomas-Institut has sent out its call for papers for the 2018 Cologne Mediaevistentagung. The topic is The Library: Spaces of Thought and Knowledge Systems. The submission deadline is August 15, 2017. See details here.

Next, some information about people:

  • Nate Bulthius, a recent Cornell PhD, is interviewed at the APA blog, where he discusses in some detail his perspective on studying medieval philosophy.
  • Thomas Ward, currently at Loyola Marymount, is moving to Baylor University, starting this coming fall. With John Haldane already there, as well as Francis Beckwith, and with Tim O’Connor joining the department as well, this makes Baylor quite a prominent option for graduate study in medieval philosophy.

And then some links, both, as it happens, pertaining to Scotus:

  • Tobias Hoffmann’s very useful Scotus bibliography is now available here, where it continues to be updated.
  • Thomas Williams has just come out with an extensive collection of English translations of Scotus’s ethical work (OUP 2017). In addition to the book, there is a website, here. On the website, there are additional translations, links to some of Thomas’s papers, and a remarkable unpublished essay that makes the case for why the Vatican edition of Ordinatio III.26-40 is “so frequently bad that no responsible scholar can rely on it.”

Finally, jobs:

  • There’s a three-year postdoc position at the above-mentioned Helsinki project, Rationality in Perception: Transformations of Mind and Cognition 1250-1550. The application deadline is May 29, 2017. Details here.
  • There’s a two-year postdoc advertised in Munich, connected to the project Natur in politischen Ordnungsentwürfen: Antike, Mittelalter, Neuzeit. Quoting from the ad, “The central concern of the project is the medieval reaction to the ancient idea that God’s rulership to the universe is comparable to that between a political ruler and the state that s/he governs.” The application deadline is June 1, 2017. Details here.

Positions in Cologne and Munich

  • The Thomas-Institute is advertising a junior professorship in medieval philosophy, focused on the Latin history of science in the Middle Ages. The position is affiliated with the Averroes Edition project, and so requires expertise in text editing. The application deadline is April 25, 2017. Details here.
  • Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus is advertising a three-year PhD position, for a Latinist or Arabist. Application deadline is May 31, 2017. Details here.

New Postdoc, and Job Roundup

St. Andrews is now advertising a three-year postdoc on editions and translations of fourteenth-century logical texts. Details here. Application deadline is February 17.

Here too is a summary of the medieval positions that were listed on philjobs this past fall. This is for those readers who might like to have a summary report, but who were blissfully able to ignore the job market as it unfolded.

1. Sacred Heart University
Junior Faculty
AOS: Medieval or Early Modern
AOC: Open

2. Seattle University
Assistant Professorship
AOS: Medieval
AOC: Open

3. Seton Hall University
Assistant Professorship
AOS: Medieval or Ethics (but must be qualified to teach upper division medieval philosophy)
AOC: Feminist Philosophy

4. Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Old Dominion University
Islamic Studies – Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies (Tenure-track or similar)
AOS: Islamic Studies
AOC: Medival Philosophy/Philosophy of Religion

5. University of Southern Maine
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Tenure-track or similar)
AOS: Philosophy of Religion, Comparative Religion
AOC: Medieval Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, Asian Philosophy

6. Providence College
Assistant Professor (Tenure-track or similar)
AOS: Medieval Arabic Philosophy
AOC: Open

7. NUI Maynooth
Assistant Lecturer (Fixed term)
AOS: Medieval Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Religion
AOC: Moral and Political Philosophy