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.


SIHN is seeking to appoint 3-5 Junior Research Fellows

Upcoming Events

Friday, 21st of April 2017, 2pm Perils for young guinea-pigs
Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group Seminar

Linda Barwick, University of Sydney
Friday, 21st of April, 3-5pmThe Carnival of the Moon: the place of infinite jest in an uncertain Providential scheme. Coleridge’s A Soliloquy of the Full Moon Long Eighteenth-Century Reading Group
Alison Cardinale, University of Sydney
University of Sydney
John Woolley Building
Rogers Room
15-17 November 2017Deviant Thinking: Early Modern Philosophy and the Enlightenment
International Conference.
13-15 December 2017Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XVI.