With the proliferation of online lectures, working groups and all manner of events, we at the JHI Blog thought it would be a good idea to consolidate news and opportunities relevant to our colleagues working in intellectual history. We will publish these roundups of public lectures, conferences, calls for papers, working groups and new journal issues every other Saturday.

We encourage our readers to send us information and updates about any news or events that fits within this scope. You can use this form to let us know about something you’d like us to publicize.

Philosophy of History Reading Group

A standing, open reading group in the philosophy of history with, for now, a German focus. Meets every Thursday, 8 pm GMT+2 online. Discussion in English. Everyone is welcome and we try to keep weekly readings, to be done in advance, rather short. If interested, email kretz@uchicago.edu.


The Hans Blumenberg Seminars

Monday, October 12, 5pm UK time (ongoing series)

This speaker series convened by Audrey Borowski at the University of Oxford marks the centenary of Hans Blumenberg’s (1920–1996) birth and provides an occasion to revisit aspects of his life and thought. The next speaker is Jeffrey Barash on “The Power of Rhetoric: Hans Blumenberg, Ernst Cassirer and the Legacy of Herder.” Future speakers include Jean-Claude Monod, Leif Weatherby, Angus Nicholls, Paul Fleming, Hannes Bajohr, Eva Geulen, Willem Styfhalls, and Pini Ifergan.


New Books in the Arts and Sciences: Critique & Praxis by Bernard Harcourt, With Bernard Harcourt, Martin Saar, Karuna Mantena, Michael Taussig, Lydia Liu

Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Wednesday, October 14, 2020  12:00pm (EST). Registration via Zoom.


Lecture: Apocalypse of the Profane: Reconsidering Political Paranoia in the 20th Century, by Nicolas Guilhot 

European University Institute, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 17.00 – 18.30 (CET). Registration via event website.


Conference: The Return of Hegel. History, Universality and the Dimensions of Weakness

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw; the GSSR PAN and the Goethe-Institut in Warsaw, October 14-16, 2020. Registration for Zoom required, conference also to be streamed via Facebook.


Panel: Marxism in America: From the First International to the Crisis of the New Left.

Society of US Intellectual History Annual Meeting: “Reform and Revolution,” Monday, October 19, 2020 7:00pm (EST). Registration required.


Book Launch: France, by Emile Chabal, with Jackie Clarke (Glasgow), Arthur Asseraf (Cambridge), Andrew Smith (Chichester), Robert Tombs (Cambridge), and Iain Stewart (UCL)

Hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Monday, October 19, 12.30pm (EST). Registration required.


Public Global Book Talk: The Biography of Zygmunt Bauman, with Izabela Wagner (Warzaw), Natalia Aleksiun (Jena/New York) and Peter Beilharz (Melbourne)

Organized by History of Science in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Thesis Eleven. Tuesday, October 20, 18:00-20:00 Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). Registration required.


Workshop: Duncan Bell, Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America

Hosted by the Yale Global and International History Workshop. Thursday, October 22, 4:00-5:30 (EST). Registration via alec.walker@yale.edu.


13th Marx Autumn School: The Nature of Capital – Ecology in Marx

Organized by Helle Panke e.V., Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berliner Verein zur Förderung der MEGA e.V., T.O.P. B3rlin and the …umsGanze! Alliance. The entire Marx Autumn School will be bilingual: All lectures and discussions will be translated simultaneously (German/English), and there will also be a working group in English. Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 2020. Registration required.


Recently Published Articles at Modern Intellectual History: Lucas G. Pinheiro, “A Factory Afield: Capitalism and Empire in John Locke’s Political Economy” and Ian Hunter, “The Early Jewish Reception of Kantian Philosophy.”