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In the Search of the Common Good Sixth Biannual Conference European Society for the History of Political Thought: University of Helsinki 25-27 August 2022

A kind reminder for the members and friends of the European Society for the History of Political Thought, the deadline of the Call for Papers for our Sixth International Conference of the European Society for the History of Political Thought University of Helsinki 27-29 August 2020 “On the Search of Common Good” is the next […]

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Call for Papers Self-Determination, Popular Sovereignty and Visions of World Order: a Long-Term Historical Perspective. University of Tartu, 16-18 June 2022.

Organisers: Eva Piirimäe and Hent Kalmo Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 10th 2022 Keynote speakers: Richard Bourke (University of Cambridge), Luigi Nuzzo (University of Salento) and Michael Sonenscher (University of Cambridge) The concept of ‘self-determination of peoples’ is a staple element in modern international law and political discourse. Yet, in restricting ‘self-determination’ to the … More Call for Papers Self-Determination, Popular Sovereignty and Visions of World Order: a Long-Term Historical Perspective. University of Tartu, 16-18 June 2022.

Call for Papers (Summer School): Empire of Circulation. Habsburg Knowledge in its Global Settings. A summer school organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Johann Gottfried Herder-Research Council in cooperation with the Institute of Czech Literature of the CAS. 3–6 October 2022

Placing Habsburg knowledge production from the 17th to the 20th centuries afresh in its global settings, this event will serve as a platform for doctoral, post-doctoral and senior researchers who specialise in Habsburg history, the history of science, scholarship and intellectual culture. Our event will allot a special place to Bohemia and its role as … More Call for Papers (Summer School): Empire of Circulation. Habsburg Knowledge in its Global Settings. A summer school organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Johann Gottfried Herder-Research Council in cooperation with the Institute of Czech Literature of the CAS. 3–6 October 2022

Reading and translating Algernon Sidney’s Discourses in early modern Germany

The latest article on Sidney by our member Gaby Mahlberg is out in the History of European Ideas – and fully #OA too. Published online: 02 Dec 2021 ABSTRACT The manuscript of Algernon Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government was used in evidence against him in the 1683 treason trial which cost the republican his life. The work’s attack … More Reading and translating Algernon Sidney’s Discourses in early modern Germany

Call for Applications: Fully Funded PhD Fellowship in the Gerda Henkel research programme “Democracy in East Central European Utopianism”

Central European University invites applications for a fully funded PhD Fellowship starting in the 2022/2023 academic year in the Gerda Henkel research program “Democracy in East Central European Utopianism” hosted by the Democracy Institute (Budapest) of Central European University. While being a research affiliate of the CEU Democracy Institute, the Fellow will pursue a PhD in Comparative History or Political … More Call for Applications: Fully Funded PhD Fellowship in the Gerda Henkel research programme “Democracy in East Central European Utopianism”

Sacred Polities, Natural Law and the Law of Nations in the 16th-17th Centuries

Series: History of European Political and Constitutional Thought Editors: Erica Benner, László Kontler, and Mark Somos Volume: 7 Volume Editor: Hans W. Blom Often considered a secularizing force in the rise of the nation state, natural law was also invoked in defence of confessional states. The fourteen chapters in this volume show how religious and secularizing approaches to … More Sacred Polities, Natural Law and the Law of Nations in the 16th-17th Centuries

Crisis and Renewal in the History of European Political Thought

The volume 4 of our Series: History of European Political and Constitutional Thought is ready, Congratulations to the editors: Cesare Cuttica and László Kontler and the authors: Clara Maier, Andrea Catanzaro, Kai Gräf, Paschalis M. Kitromilides, Erica Benner, Adriana Luna-Fabritius, Adrian O’Connor, Janine T. Murphy, Mark Somos, Ferenc Hörcher, George Gallwey, Alberto Clerici, Nathaniel Boyd, … More Crisis and Renewal in the History of European Political Thought

Early Modern Natural Law around the Baltic Sea: Teaching and Use Conference of the Network on Natural Law 1625-1850 in Collaboration with the University of Tartu and the Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law (Forschungszentrum Gotha & Max-Weber-Kolleg)

University of Tartu, Estonia, 2–4 September 2021 The aim of the conference is to take a comparative look at the teaching and use of natural law around the Baltic Sea in the early modern period. The region was at that time dominated by two Protestant monarchies, Sweden and Denmark-Norway, which also exercised control over a … More Early Modern Natural Law around the Baltic Sea: Teaching and Use Conference of the Network on Natural Law 1625-1850 in Collaboration with the University of Tartu and the Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law (Forschungszentrum Gotha & Max-Weber-Kolleg)

The Greek Revolution

A Critical Dictionary Edited by Paschalis M. Kitromilides Constantinos Tsoukalas On the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, an essential guide to the momentous war for independence of the Greeks from the Ottoman Empire.The Greek war for independence (1821–1830) often goes missing from discussion of the Age of Revolutions. Yet the rebellion against Ottoman rule was enormously … More The Greek Revolution