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

28 July 2014Nelson Mandela and My Long Walk to Freedom: the making of a text
Professor Barbara Caine. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
1-3 August 2014The Image in Question: Interdisciplinary International Conference
Explores the future of the human as an image-making, image-projecting being.
11-12 August 2014The Future of the History of Ideas Workshop
This workshop brings together a group of scholars from different fields in order to explore several interdisciplinary approaches to the history of ideas.
13 August 2014Adorno's Changing Views of Kierkegaard
Peter Gordon.
13 August 2014How Jesus Celebrated Passover: Renaissance Scholars and the Jewish Origins of Christianity
Professor Anthony Grafton. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
15 August 2014Gerald J. Postema
Legal Philosophy Reading Group.
18 August 2014Reflections on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations
Professor Tony Aspromourgos. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
25 August 2014Why the Scientific Revolution Wasn't a Scientific Revolution
Professor Daniel Garber. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas and Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.
26 August 2014Human Nature and the Construction of the State
Hobbes and Spinoza Workshop.
15 September 2014The rhetoric of Bach's St Matthew Passion: Text and performance
Dr Alan Maddox. 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.
27-28 August 2014Sydney University Postgraduate History Conference
A conference run by postgraduates, for postgraduates, across all disciplines, with an historical focus.
10-12 December 2014Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV.