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.

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Lecture: “A Temporal Turn: Rethinking German-Jewish Intellectual History with Buber, Benjamin, Arendt, and Celan” (Nitzan Lebovic, Lehigh University)
Commentator: Benjamin Pollock

The Richard Koebner Center for German History, Hebrew University

A German Jewish Time tells the story of a group of twentieth-century Jewish intellectuals who grappled ceaselessly with concepts of time and temporality. The project brings into dialogue key thinkers, including the philosopher of religion Martin Buber, the critical theorist Walter Benjamin, the political scientist Hannah Arendt, and the poet Paul Celan, who stand at the center of our contemporary understanding of religion, critical theory, politics, and literature.

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 18:30-20:00 in Israel. Link for Event.


Conference: A (Virtual) Conversation on the Plantationocene

Cross-Border Movements Program on Migrations at Cornell University, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Cornell’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

This set of virtual panels brings together a diverse group of scholars, activists, and practitioners to discuss the role that plantations and plantation agriculture have played in shaping the nature, structure and dynamics of the modern era.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 More dates through April 16. Registration.


Lecture: “Jackie Kay’s Intermedial Poetics – Disjunctive Connectivity and Plural Identities” (Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann, Heinrich Heine University of Duesseldorf)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

Thursday 22 April 2021 09:00h – 10:30h (Brussels). Registration.


Lecture: “Social Networks of the Past. Mapping Hispanic and Lusophone Modernity through Literary Translation in Periodicals” (Laura Fólica, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

Monday 17 May, 11-12:30 (Brussels). Registration.


Call for Papers: Connections: A Journal of Language, Media, and Culture

Connections: A Journal of Language, Media, and Culture invites high-quality research submissions for their 2021 publication. Connections is committed to elevating and supporting graduate-level and early-career research from interdisciplinary subject areas. Our second issue will center on the theme of building bridges: maintaining connections found at the heart of cultural, multimedia, textual, or language-based interactions in times of crisis. Building bridges in times of crisis may look like community-building, resilience, protest, growth, or care work. We hope this theme will allow for nuanced interpretation.

Please submit before May 15, 2021.


Call for Papers: Massachusetts Historical Review: Representation in American History

Interested parties should submit a current curriculum vitae along with a one-page (double-spaced) proposal that outlines the subject the author seeks to pursue and its connection to the theme, the sources employed, and the intervention in relevant historical scholarship to mhr@masshist.org by June 15, 2021. By July 15, 2021, authors with successful proposals will receive an invitation to submit a completed draft of their essay for consideration. First drafts of essays selected will be due by December 1, 2021, and must be 7,500–10,000 words. All drafts will undergo a rigorous peer-review process by both MHS staff and outside readers prior to publication.

Due by June 15

Featured Image: Mary Cassatt, Reading the Newspaper, No.2. c. 1883. Courtesy of the Art Institute Chicago.