Sydney Intellectual History Network

The Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) draws together scholars to think through the problem of communicating significant conceptual innovation in the modern world, situating our research along a trajectory of intellectual history reconfigured as a dynamic multidisciplinary exploration of generative thought.

While some argue that the 21st century is a 'post-Enlightenment' and 'post-idea' world, researchers within our network maintain that important conceptual developments are well within our reach, but have been obscured by siloed perspectives that ignore a sense of history. Our intent is to develop new perspectives on the past that will allow us to reshape intellectual history as a multidisciplinary field of research and to offer novel insights into the continuities and discontinuities between the past, present and future.

In 2017-2018, SIHN will be focused on projects related to the Impact of the Enlightenment, through the support of the University of Sydney’s SREI 2020 initiative. We are working in collaboration with the Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group and scholars involved in the Concepts and Theories of ‘Life’ project, respectively led by SIHN members Dr Francesco Borghesi and Dr Cat Moir and Dr Dalia Nassar.


Eighteenth-Century Life
Volume 41, Number 2, April 2017

The Sydney Intellectual History Network is pleased to announce the release of a special edition of Eighteenth-Century Life, edited by Jennifer Milam and Nicola Parsons and featuring selected essays from the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar.

Upcoming Events

22 August, 2018Lecture: Empathy and gesture: Warburg in the Sassetti Chapel
10-11 September, 2018Workshop: Rethinking Autonomy