Various Announcements

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:

Job and Study Opportunities

Anyone looking for a job in medieval philosophy will know to check, and so I generally don’t bother to report on those (so far few) announcements here. But here are some things worth noting:

Opportunities and Initiatives

Positions Available

It seems inescapable that, at least in my part of the world, summer is over. So let the blog recommence, first with a notice about two positions being advertised.

I don’t (ordinarily) post information about junior faculty positions, because anyone in need of a starting position will know to look at But senior medieval positions are so rare as scarcely to be worth looking for, and so in this case I thought an announcement might be useful.

Career Opportunities in Europe

Here is an annotated guide to some European positions that have been announced this spring.

  • First, there are two very good jobs being advertised in France, one at Paris-I and one at Strasbourg. The details can be seen at Pariscope médiéval.

My informant on such matters, Jacob Schmutz, explains to me that these are both “maître de conferences” positions, which means that they are open both to new PhDs and to scholars at the associate level in the North American system. Must you speak French to be a plausible candidate? Yes, you must, fluently. Unlike in much of northern Europe, where monolingual Americans are increasingly being hired, you won’t get a job teaching philosophy in France without very good French. (It’s interesting that neither of these jobs are posted at philjobs — indeed, so far as I can see, there are no French jobs listed there at all.)

These doctoral student positions are a strange thing from the North American perspective, where we are used to every graduate program having open positions every spring for every area of philosophy. Everyone applies, and the best candidates get the positions, regardless of area. In Continental Europe, in contrast, at least in many cases, one has to find a place that happens to have funding, and then one has to take up a research project in the advertised area. The process looks more like finding a job than like enrolling in a university.

More Upcoming Events

First, a workshop for PhD students:

Now some conferences that just happened (And that I failed to report in a more timely way. But I take it that conference reports, like good travel writing, are of interest even when the trip is impossible to make):

Next, some conferences you might actually attend without the aid of time travel:

Finally, last time I posted information about conferences, Lucian Petrescu commented by simply pasting in the URL of the Pariscope médiéval website. And, indeed, if you go to the monthly conference listing, you will find a wealth of information about medieval events in France — along with much other useful information.


  • The University of Geneva is advertising a position for study toward a PhD in medieval Latin philosophy.
  • The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy is accepting submissions for their 2015 Founder’s award: the best paper on Medieval or Renaissance philosophy by a younger scholar. See here for details.
  • The Aquinas and the Arabs group is running its Third Online International Live Video Graduate Student Workshop on Feb. 20-21. See information here.
  • Dag Hasse has begun work on an Arabic and Latin Glossary: “a dictionary of the vocabulary of the Arabic–Latin translations of the Middle Ages.”  So far, only the letters B and C are complete, but what’s there is quite impressive.
  • Sam Rickless has broken new ground in historical scholarship with a series of “101 philosophical limericks, spanning the history of western philosophy.” You’ll have some time to reflect on what might rhyme with ‘Aquinas’ and ‘Scotus,’ because he’s posting only 1 a day, beginning with Thales.