News Mainly from Europe

The University of Cologne is advertising three visiting fellowships associated with the Averroes Edition Project. These are open to both senior and junior scholars, for a 1-3 month research visit. Applications should be received by September 15, 2022. Details here.

Friedrich Schiller University (Jena) is advertising 12 doctoral positions in ancient or medieval studies, focusing on what their DFG project calls “heteronomous texts”—in other words, texts, such as commentaries, that depend on other texts. Medieval philosophical texts are very much intended as part of the scope of the project, which is being led by Matthias Perkams. The application deadline is July 17, 2022—although another 12 positions are expected to be advertised for the following year. Details here.

A two-day conference, Revisiting Medieval Dialectics, is running next week in Paris, under the organization of Julie Brumberg-Chaumont (CNRS) and Gustavo Fernández Walker (Gothenburg). Sorbonne, June 28-29, 2022.

A conference on Teleology in the Aristotelian Tradition is being organized for this coming fall at Palacký University. October 6-8, 2022, in Olomouc (Czech Republic). The cfp deadline is July 31, 2022.

A conference at UC Louvain this fall will consider From Toledo to Gotha: New Perspectives on the Impact of Avicenna upon Sciences and Philosophy in Europe (Louvain, October 14-15, 2022).

Next spring, Durham University will be holding a conference on Augustine and the Making of Christian Practice (March 23-24, 2023). The cfp deadline is July 31, 2022.

In the latest issue of IPM Monthly, among much else of interest, there’s an interesting interview with Jeffrey Witt (Loyola Maryland) about his innovative work on editing scholastic texts in a digital environment.

Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Amsterdam) has received the Lakatos Award for her 2020 book, The Dialogical Roots of Deduction (Cambridge UP). This annual prize honors a distinguished monograph in the philosophy of science.

Simo Knuuttila (1946-2022)

I am very sorry to announce the news that Simo Knuuttila died this past Friday. He served for three decades as a professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. During this time, he was a giant figure in the field of medieval philosophy, both as a personal mentor to many scholars and as an inspiration through his many papers and books. This work managed to combine, in an exemplary way, historical erudition and philosophical sophistication. Among his many interests were the history of logic, modality, and the theory of emotions.

News from May 2022

The University of Providence (Montana) is advertising a tenure-track junior position in philosophy. Although the AOS is open, the job description makes it clear that they are especially interested in scholars who work on the medieval tradition. Deadline for full consideration is May 29, 2022. Details here.

Anna Tropia & Daniele De Santis (Charles University, Prague) have organized a two-day conference on Intentionality and Person: Aquinas, Scotus, Stein (May 26-28, 2022, in Prague). This is part of a research project funded by the Czech Science Foundation.

Ana María Mora-Marquez (Gothenburg) has organized a day-long hybrid workshop on Medieval Science: Between Ideal and Social Practice (Paris, June 9, 2022). Details here.

The first issue of IPM Monthly has just appeared (Iberica Philosophica Mediaevalia). It’s an expanded version of the newsletter that Nicola Polloni has been producing for several years now, and is sponsored by the Sociedad de Filosofia Medieva (SOFIME).

Mario Meliadò is advertising a PhD position at the University of Siegen (Germany), focused on medieval philosophy. It is a three-year funded position. Details here.

Yoav Meyrav (Maimonides Centre, Hamburg) has received a €1.5 million ERC grant to study medieval Hebrew philosophical manuscripts.

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 mailbox@johnmccaskey.com.

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 alexanderhall@clayton.edu) 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.”

William Mann (1940-2022)

William Mann, a long-time professor at the University of Vermont, died last week. His work in the philosophy of religion and medieval philosophy, particularly on Augustine, has been widely influential, particularly in America, where he was long an active and prominent figure within the profession of philosophy.

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”

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?”

Joseph Koterski (1953-2021)

Father Koterski, a Jesuit priest and long-serving professor at Fordham University, died of a heart attack this past week. There’s a very nice obituary here. Among his many works, I might particularly praise his Introduction to Medieval Philosophy (Blackwell, 2009), which I regard as among the best single-volume introductions to the field.