Rethinking Intellectual History 2015

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794) and His Wife (Marie-Anne-Pierrette Paulze, 1758–1836)

Jacques Louis David, French, 1788, Oil on canvas, 102 x 76 in. 1977.10

7-9 April 2015
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

The conference theme focuses on ten topic areas with the aim of stimulating discussion across disciplines about the past and future of intellectual history:

  1. History of Economic Thought
  2. Women and Intellectual History
  3. Biography, Autobiography and the Individual Life
  4. History (or Historiography) of Intellectual History and/or the History of Ideas
  5. Visual Ideas and the History of Art
  6. 'Ancient' and 'Modern' Debates
  7. The Project and Process of Enlightenment
  8. History of Science and Intellectual History
  9. History of Political Thought
  10. History of Legal Thought

In addition to sessions devoted to the specific conference themes, there will also be a general section, covering any aspect of intellectual history.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact the organising committee at

Organising Committee: Prof Stephen Gaukroger, Prof Jennifer Milam and Prof Glenda Sluga.


If you would like to attend the conference as a non-presenter please email

Program and Abstracts

Conference Program and Abstracts

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Keynote Speakers

Malcolm Bull (University of Oxford)
The Decline of Decadence
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Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, University of London)
The Enlightenment Rejection of Magic: Sceptics and their Milieux in Eighteenth-century England
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Joanna Picciotto (University of California, Berkeley)
Methodism: A Secularizing Religion?
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Co-sponsored by the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science (University of Sydney) and the Centre for the History of European Discourses (University of Queensland).