Call for Applications NEH Summer Seminar "Invisible Hands: the Enlightenment Science of Society from Mandeville to Hegel." July 2018, University Of Chicago

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Summer Program
March 1, 2018
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Intellectual History, Philosophy, Political Science, European History / Studies
Professor Paul Cheney, University of Chicago, and I are offering a three-week NEH Summer Seminar "Invisible Hands: the Enlightenment Science of Society from Mandeville to Hegel.", to be held at the University of Chicago, 9-27 July 2018
The aim of this three-week seminar for University and College professors is to recover the complexity of eighteenth-century attempts to theorize the relation between the imaginary, yet very real (moral) bonds that make up a stable society, and the autonomous individual self. We will accomplish this through a close reading of texts on moral theory, politics, economy, law, and aesthetics.
 We welcome applications from historians, literary scholars, political theorists, and philosophers. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.
We have invited Silvia Sebastiani of the EHESS to deliver a plenary lecture toward the end of the seminar. 
Each participant will receive a $ 2,700 stipend.
The seminar is open to college and university teachers who fit the NEH eligibility criteria. There are no restrictions as to academic rank, but three of the sixteen summer scholars we choose will have non-tenure track or otherwise precarious academic positions; we may take up to two graduate students. Please visit the website for more information and how to apply.
Contact Info: 

Dr. Alexander Schmidt, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

Professor Paul Cheney, University of Chicago,>