An increasing specialization in different branches of intellectual history can obscure the many possibilities of combining insights from aesthetic, scientific, political and literary fields. With this 2-day event we would like to create an environment for fruitful combinations and give graduate and postgraduate students working in the broad field of intellectual history a chance to get to know each other and to present and discuss their work to a wider audience.
The general theme of the conference is “Ideas at Work”. We want to explore the different ways ideas have functioned, performed, created, shaped, been shaped by, justified and otherwise manifested themselves in practices, institutions, concepts and the material world throughout history.
In addition to the conference part, optional PhD workshops will be organised where pre-circulated papers will be discussed in smaller groups in accordance to the themes of the contributions. Workshops will be chaired by senior scholars.
Professor Donald Winch (University of Sussex): "Uses and Abuses of the
History of Economic Ideas"
Professor Ann Thomson (European University Institute): "How to Write the
Intellectual History of the Enlightenment"
In addition to the conference part, optional PhD workshops will be
organised where pre-circulated papers will be discussed in smaller groups
in accordance to the themes of the contributions. Workshops will be chaired
by senior scholars.
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