Workshops

The Future of the History of Ideas Workshop

1532 cranach melancholy

Lucas Cranach, the Elder, 1532, Melancholy, Oil on panel. 20 x 38 in. Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst

Monday 11-Tuesday 12 August 2014
Lower Common Room
Sancta Sophia College

8 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050


Intellectual history has been undergoing a transformation over the past decade. There is now an increasing emphasis not only on the importance of the non-textual contexts in which ideas develop, but also on the relationship between social, cultural and intellectual change. While scholars have advocated widely the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to the generation of new ideas and to the solving of problems, they have paid little attention to the difficulties involved in this process or the best ways to engage with it. This workshop brings together a group of scholars from different fields in order to explore several interdisciplinary approaches to the history of ideas. Our aim is to engage historians, art historians, and philosophers in the reading of texts and images in order to show the range of perspectives shed by particular disciplinary approaches on the history of ideas, and to think through the problem of communicating big ideas in the modern world.

Academics from the University of Sydney will be joined by:


Program (PDF)

Poster (PDF)

Organising committee: Dr Francesco Borghesi (Italian Studies), Prof Stephen Gaukroger (History and Philosophy of Science), Dr John Gagné (History) and Prof Jennifer Milam (Art History).

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Please note there are a limited number of spaces available for students, researchers and others.


Human Nature and the Construction of the State: Hobbes and Spinoza Workshop

spinoza and hobbes

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Muniment Room
Room S401
Level 4 via Lobby B (Southern Vestibule)
Quadrangle
The University of Sydney


This event has been made possible with the support of the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney.

Speakers:


Program (PDF)

Poster (PDF)

For further information please contact Anik Waldow


Past Workshops

Nation and Empire in the Age of Internationalism

marshall plan

Spreckmeester. Whatever the weather, we only reach welfare together (1950). George C. Marshall Foundation

Monday 21 July 2014
CCANESA Boardroom
Level 4, Madsen Building
The University of Sydney


Held under the auspices of the Laureate Research Program in International History, the Sydney Intellectual History Network and the Nation-Empire-Globe Research Cluster.

This workshop investigates the socio-political relationship between nationalism, internationalism and imperialism from the nineteenth century to the present. Panels of historians, legal scholars and political theorists from Australia and abroad will address the following questions:

  • Did nationalism give birth to international human rights norms?
  • How internationalist is international law?
  • How did the end of colonialism transform the nation-state?
  • Is the European Union a successor to continental European empires?
  • Does supra-nationalism threaten the democratic nation-state?
  • Does the rise of the of the 'global' mean the demise of the 'international'?


Program and Paper Abstracts (PDF)


Enlightenment Cosmopolitanisms and Sensibilities

Salon de madame geoffrin

Anicet Charles Gabriel Lemonnier, French, 1812, Salon de Madame Geoffrin, Oil on canvas, 51 x 77.2 in. MM 59.3.1

Wednesday 11-Thursday 12 June 2014
Lower Common Room
Sancta Sophia College

8 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050


The character of practiced cosmopolitanism during the Enlightenment often appears to amount to little more than an extension of early modern courtly internationalism infused with a new language of ideas. Further investigation reveals the desire on the part of Enlightenment cosmopolites to open borders in the name of economic, political, intellectual and artistic progress. This workshop explores cosmopolitanism in practice during the long eighteenth century in Europe and, through circulation, beyond its borders. It seeks out lived experiences of cosmopolitanism in the evidence of visual, social and textual expressions, and then asks how to interrogate this evidence. What were the opportunities through which border crossings became fixed in the minds of participants and observers? How was Enlightenment cosmopolitanism in practice inflected with different forms of sensibility?

Program (PDF)

Participants include:

Cosmopolitan Moments: Instances of Exchange in the Long Eighteenth Century
Emerging Scholar Workshop

Thursday 12 June 2014
1:30pm-5pm

Lower Common Room
Sancta Sophia College

8 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050


In these sessions, emerging scholars explore discrete instances of cultural interaction in the long eighteenth century (visual, textual, political, philosophical, social). How do we define the nature of the exchange? Is it cosmopolitan? Areas of analysis include roles of actors and agents, bi-lateral or unilateral action, acceptance, rejection and the medium of transmission.

Program (PDF)

Poster (PDF)


Rethinking the Long Reformation: Mobile Communities, Elastic Boundaries

Hollar The Augsburg Confession

Wenceslas Hollar, Czech , unknown, 40 x 28 cm P231

2 informal talks and a roundtable
Thursday 5 June 2014
2-5pm
Common Room, John Woolley Building


Gary K. Waite (University of New Brunswick), 'Exile, Emotion, Enlightenment: The Radical Reformation(s) as a Watershed Event'

Nicholas Terpstra (University of Toronto) 'Purity, Contagion, Purgation: Redefining (the) Reformation'

In these informal presentations, Gary K Waite and Nicholas Terpstra will explore the potential of rethinking the Reformation’s value as an analytical tool.

Waite will examine the radical reformation as a transformational force in redefining attitudes to religion, the cosmos, and the devil. Using the case of a key spiritualist, David Joris (1501-56), Waite will propose that experiences of persecution, exile, and intolerance contributed significantly to what we call the enlightenment, and will suggest the value of blurred periodisations.

Terpstra will propose that by articulating the cultural constituents of the Reformation, we can rethink when the Reformation as a period happened, and in such a way as to make non-Christians (Jews and Muslims) more fundamental to the narrative. The goal of both presentations – as well as the informal roundtable/discussion to follow – is to exert pressure upon the periodisation of the Reformation and to explore new and alternative conceptualisations.

Presented by the Department of History and 'Putting Periodisation to Use: Testing the Limits of Early Modernity', an interdisciplinary research group funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Collaborative Research Scheme and part of the Sydney Intellectual History Network.


In Conversation with Professor Nicholas Terpstra and Professor Gary Waite

Wednesday 4 June 2014
10:30am-12pm
Kevin Lee Room
University of Sydney

Gary K. Waite (University of New Brunswick)
Nicholas Terpstra (University of Toronto)

In this masterclass session for Postgraduate and Honours students, Professors Waite and Terpstra will speak to students about how they made their way from optimistic students to full-fledged scholars. They will also discuss their research and writing in Renaissance and Reformation history.


Finding form for historical lives: a workshop with Tony Birch and Ross Gibson

Thursday 27 March 2014
3pm-5pm


How do we find a form for representing historical lives, especially those lives that have left only traces in the archive? Or does the form find us? In this workshop, novelist, poet and academic Tony Birch (The University of Melbourne) and author, film-maker and academic Ross Gibson (The University of Sydney) talk about how they have found form for historical lives forgotten and remembered in writing projects, collaborative image-based works, and interactive installation pieces. Tony and Ross will address in particular how to use different media to translate our ideas for public audiences beyond academia.

The workshop is aimed mainly at postgraduate students interested in thinking experimentally about the archives you are working with (broadly conceived) and the imaginative experiences that encountering your archive has inspired. What will you do next with what you have discovered? And how will you go about it?

Please contact Miranda Johnson for further information.

This workshop is generously supported by Global Sensibilities Group, a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Collaborative Research Group; and Race and Ethnicity in the Global South, a project supported by an ARC Laureate Fellowship at The University of Sydney.


Workshop with Manfred Frank

Manfred Frank

Tuesday 11 March 2014
4-6pm

Centre for Modernism Studies
Webster 139
The University of New South Wales


Professor Manfred Frank will discuss with interested postgraduate students and academic staff sections 566-8 of Novalis's Fichte Studies. Interested students and academics are welcome to participate.

Contact Sean Pryor if you would like to attend.