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

11-13 June 2014Visual Sensibilities/Enlightenment Cosmopolitanisms
This workshop explores cosmopolitanism in practice during the long eighteenth century, in Europe and through circulation beyond its borders.
21 July 2014Nationalism in the Age of Internationalism
This workshop asks the question, what do the 'new' international, transnational, cosmopolitan, and global histories add to our understanding of the history of nationalism, nationality and the idea of the nation?
28 July 2014Nelson Mandela and My Long Walk to Freedom: the making of a text
Professor Barbara Caine. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
11-13 August 2014The Future of the History of Ideas Workshop
Opening Address by Anthony Grafton A Life in the Margins: How Reading Over the Shoulders of Renaissance Readers Lets Us Do History in a New Way.
12 August 2014How Jesus Celebrated Passover: Renaissance Scholars and the Jewish Origins of Christianity
Professor Anthony Grafton. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
18 August 2014Reflections on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations
Professor Tony Aspromourgos. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
15 September 2014The rhetoric of Bach's St Matthew Passion: Text and performance
Dr Alan Maddox. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
10-13 December 2014Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century (Down Under)
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV.