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.

The Sydney Intellectual History Network currently incorporates two groups within the Sydney region: SIHN@Sydney and SIHN@UWS. We are working in partnership to develop a shared program of events of interest to our network members. It is our ambition to develop additional hubs for the network at other institutions within Australia and internationally.

Upcoming Events

27 October 2014Reading the New Testament: The Book and its Significance
Professor Vrasidas Karalis. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
3 November 2014History and the Individual Life: a Symposium
Barbara Caine, Glenda Sluga, Bill Schwarz, Andrew Fitzmaurice and Iain McCalman.
17 November 2014The Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism: Hegel and the History of Painting
Professor Robert Pippin. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
27-28 November
Sydney University Postgraduate History Conference
A conference run by postgraduates, for postgraduates, across all disciplines, with an historical focus.
10-12 December
Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV.
7-9 April 2015Rethinking Intellectual History
International Conference.