It seems I’ve been negligent in posting material — judging from just how much information I have to post.
- Congratulations, first and foremost, to Jon McGinnis and Billy Dunaway, of the Univ. Missouri-Saint Louis, who have won $1.1M from the Templeton Foundation for a project on The Christian West and Islamic East: Theology, Science, and Knowledge. The goal of the project is “linking Medieval Islamic philosophy to contemporary questions about the epistemology of religion in the analytic tradition.” Scholars working in the vicinity, or who might like to be working in the vicinity, should keep an eye on funding opportunities coming out of this project.
- Congratulations as well to Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen), whose 2017 book, Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes (Cambridge UP), has won the annual book prize from the Journal of the History of Philosophy.
- The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is advertising a one-year Mellon postdoc for junior faculty in North America. Application deadline February 1, 2019.
- The 9th Annual Veritas et Amor Contest is being advertised again, for dissertations or books by younger authors (under 35) on Thomas Aquinas. With a prize of €2000, this is well worth competing for! Deadline of February 15, 2019.
- The Institute for Anselm Studies is accepting applications for the John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant, for PhD students and recent graduates working on Anselm. The grant provides a week of funding at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Details can be found here.
Now, some conferences:
- Nicolas Faucher (CNRS/Helsinki) and Sami Pihlström (Helsinki) have organized a workshop at the start of February on Faith and the Will to Believe – A Comparative Workshop in Pragmatism and Medieval Philosophy (Helsinki, February 1-2, 2019).
- Ave Maria University (Florida) is hosting a conference on Aquinas the Biblical Theologian (February 7-9, 2019).
- There’s a conference at Durham in April on Britain’s Early Philosophers, by which they mean philosophers in Britain before 1000 (Durham, UK, April 1-2, 2019). Cfp deadline January 31, 2019.
- KU Leuven is sponsoring a conference on Mental Being in Late Medieval Thought: From Concepts to Chimeras (Leuven, May 31 – June 1, 2019). Cfp deadline March 1, 2019.
- The Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition meets again this summer, on the topic Plato and Platonism in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition (Marquette, June 24-26, 2019). Cfp deadline March 1, 2019.
- The fourth Symposium Thomisticum, with quite an impressive cast of speakers, will take place this summer on the theme Aquinas Philosopher Theologian (Rome, July 4-6, 2019).
- The International Anselm Conference (theme: Nature, Order and the Divine) will take place at Durham University on July 9th-11th, 2019. Cfp deadline is May 1, 2019.
- The Franciscan Institute is sponsoring a conference this coming summer: “Quidam enim dicunt: Mendicant Theologies before Aquinas and Bonaventure” (Saint Bonaventure, NY, July 15-18, 2019).
- A summer school and workshop at the Max Planck Institute next summer will focus on Baroque Scholasticism and Early Modern Thought (Frankfurt, Aug. 26-28 [summer school]; Aug. 29-30 [workshop], 2019). Some funding is available for participants. So far as I can tell, there is currently no information about this event on the web, but contact Sonja Weber. The submission deadline, at least for the workshop, was January 15, but interested scholars might see whether it’s still possible to apply. You can blame me for being late.
First, news about a funding opportunity:
- Laurent Cesalli has received a major grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for a four-year project on forms of realism in the medieval tradition as compared to the Austrian-German tradition. He has funds for two postdocs and a doctoral student. The project requires scholarly background in both the medieval and later German tradition, and so language skills in both Latin and German. The project starts in April 2019, and interested parties should contact Laurent directly.
Next, a graduate seminar this spring:
- The Newberry Library (Chicago) is offering a 10-week graduate seminar this spring on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and its reception, taught by Ian Cornelius (Loyola Chicago). For students at a great many American universities, there looks to be some funding to support attendance. The application deadline is TOMORROW (November 12, 2018). Seminar dates are January 11 – March 15, 2019.
Finally, various conferences:
- This coming week, there’s a conference in Bonn on Peter Thomae’s De ente (Universität Bonn, November 16-17, 2018).
- Journées thomistes 2018 takes place in a few weeks, on the topic Le corps humain selon Thomas d’Aquin : nature et destinée (Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018).
- Marleen Rozemond and Brian Embry are organizing a conference this spring on Varieties of Unity in Early Modern Philosophy. This is relevant on this blog because the call expressly invites contributions on late-scholastic authors (Groningen, April 12-13, 2019). Cfp deadline is January 10, 2019.
- Jamal Rachak (Univ. Cadi Ayyad, Marrakesh) is organizing a symposium this coming April on Philosophy in the Islamic West (Marrakesh, April 25-26, 2019). The call for papers deadline is November 30, 2018. Details here.
- Peter Hartman and Kristen Irwin are organizing a conference, Francisco Suárez: Predecessors and Successors, for the spring (Loyola Univ. Chicago, April 26-27, 2019). Note that some funding is available for would-be participants. Application deadline December 31, 2018.
- The International Medieval Society Paris is holding an interdisciplinary conference on Time next summer (Paris, July 8-10, 2019). Cfp deadline is November 30, 2018.
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.
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.
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.”
- 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.
Here’s what’s coming this summer from projects affiliated with Richard Taylor at Marquette:
And here are a few other things you might like to know about: