CfP: 'Transcultural Conversations', the 1st EUI Graduate Conference in Intellectual History

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The 1st EUI Graduate Conference in Intellectual History

“Transcultural Conversations”

23-24 January 2020

 European University Institute, Florence

Organising Committee: Thomas Ashby, Ela Bozok, Muireann McCann, Elisavet Papalexopoulou

Keynote: Dr. Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle University)

‘Going Beyond Translation in Recovering Transcultural Conversations:
The Complex Case of James Harrington’

Intellectual history at the EUI has thrived in recent years, manifest in the activities of the Intellectual History Working Group (IHWG) and its series of workshops, entitled ‘the EUI School of Intellectual History’, now in its fifth continuous year. The aim of these workshops has been to ‘eavesdrop’, as it were, upon conversations within the intellectual past – narrow or broad, direct or indirect, conventional or unconventional – and to then elucidate those dialogues into a broader discussion on the evolving nature and direction of intellectual history itself. It is in this spirit that we now invite submissions for papers at the first EUI Graduate Conference in Intellectual History.

Intellectual history, broadly construed, includes not only more orthodox methodologies and themes, such as the anglophone history of political thought, but reflects a constructive diversity of approaches and media (social and cultural, literary and visual, micro-historical and transnational, to name but a few). It is the hope, therefore, that through a rich coming together of minds, our first conference can mirror the growing opportunities presented by a more multifarious and fluid conception of the discipline.

‘Transcultural conversations’ have a vital role in the generation, redefinition, and transformation of knowledge and ideas. These conversations are manifest in a range of modes, written and otherwise, which span space, place, and time. ‘Transcultural’ relationships highlight how ideas, theories, and, eventually, practices are reconceived in a cultural flow, with myriad intellectual transformations enabled at various catalytic nodes of contact. In turn, by tracing these phenomena, it is possible to offer fresh scrutiny on the means by which shifting conceptual vocabularies, arguments, and edifices, may be constructed, shedding light on not only the creative power of translation, diffusion, and appropriation, but ultimately the very processes by which knowledge itself is generated and renewed.

We invite submissions from doctoral researchers working on intellectual history, the history of political thought, or any other branch of historical research concerned with the intersection of cultural production and the intellectual world, serving to highlight ‘transcultural conversations’ across space, place, and time. Themes may include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  • Exchanges, entanglements, and transfers
  • The role and activity of translation(s)
  • Information, misinformation, and ‘the news’
  • Women’s intellectual history and political thought
  • The material and visual dimensions of intellectual history
  • Political theory, philosophy, and the history of religion
  • The construction of identities and personae
  • Histories of gender and sexuality

To submit a paper or propose a panel, please e-mail a CV along with a titled abstract or panel proposal to our conference email address: Abstracts should not exceed 300 words for papers of 20 minutes of length. Panel proposals should not exceed 900 words. The call for abstract submissions will close on 25th November 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by 9th December. Please note that applicants must be doctoral researchers and must not have defended their thesis by the dates of the conference. Unfortunately, we do not have the funds to offer financial support to our participants.

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