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

30 July 2015The French Revolution and the Politics of Political Economy
Dr Charles Walton, Director of the 18th Century Centre at the University of Warwick.
3 August 2015SIHN Symposium on Enlightenment Thinking
Presented as a research event in support of ANZSECS.
6 August 2015IASH Research Symposium on Enlightenment Thinking
University of Queensland.
26 August 2015Reclaiming the Knowledge Commons
Challenging Corporatized Publishing Practices in Research and Scholarship.
28 August 2015Research Day in 18th Century Studies
18th Century Philosophy in Dialogue.
20 November 2015The Divided Brain in Western Culture (SIHN@UWS)
Public Lecture hosted by SIHN@UWS.
23-24 November 2015The Divided Brain and Humanistic Inquiry (SIHN@UWS)
Symposium hosted by SIHN@UWS.