The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar

This website is maintained by Stephen H. Daniel at Texas A&M University as a service to scholars working in the history of early modern philosophy. It brings together information about calls for papers, event schedules, and contacts about presentations, conferences, and seminars dealing with research in late 16th, 17th, and 18th century philosophy.

To have an event listed, send the appropriate information to Steve Daniel ( Events posted on various mailing lists and websites (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Facebook Early Modern Philosophy Resources, Montreal EM Roundtable, philevents) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or presentations were by invitation only.

Announced and Revised Events (recent postings listed first)
Upcoming Submission Deadline Dates

December 11, 2017
La Philosophie naturelle dans les Académies des sciences aux 17ème et 18ème siècles (Paris, Berlin, Saint-Pétersbourg)
Université Paris Diderot
Bâtiment Condorcet, Salle Rothko 412B
Paris, France
11h00-12h00 Daniel Garber (Princeton/Inst d'études avancées Paris): "Renaudot's Conférences: A Scientific Society?"
12h00-13h00 Anne-Lise Rey (Lille/Vrije U Brussel): "Métaphysique et sciences de la nature à l'Académie de Berlin"
14h00-15h00 Peter Anstey (Sydney): "The Four Classes of the Berlin Académie, 1744-1759"
15h00-16h00 Justin E. H. Smith (U Paris Diderot): "Le leibnizianisme appliqué dans l'Académie de Saint-Pétersbourg"
16h00-17h00 Babette Chabout-Combaz (U Paris Diderot): Discussion
Contact: Justin E. H. Smith.

December 12, 2017
Brussels Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Université libre de Bruxelles
ULB, Bibliothèque du CIERL
17 Av. F.D. Roosevelt
Bruxelles, Belgium
13:30 Peter ANSTEY (Sydney): "The nature and status of principles"
14:20 Steffen DUCHEYNE (VUB): "Laws in van Musschenbroek"
15:10 Anne-Lise REY (Lille/VUB): "Expérience et métaphysique chez Émilie du Châtelet"
16:30 Lucian PETRESCU (Paris/NYC): "The breakdown of the notion of substance"
17:20 Arnaud PELLETIER (ULB): "Leibniz, the inductive challenge"
Contact: Arnaud Pelletier.

December 13-15, 2017
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment
Griffith University and the University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Keynote speakers: Deidre Lynch (Harvard), Jan Golinski (New Hampshire), Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve), Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge)
Contacts: Lisa O'Connell and Peter Denney.

December 14, 2017
Jeanine Grenberg (St Olaf College): TBA
University of Hertfordshire Visiting Speaker Series
Woburn Room (Z105), MacLaurin Building, de Havilland Campus
14:00, followed by Phil Soc talk at 16:00
Hatfield, Herts, UK
Contact: Constantine Sandis.

December 14-15, 2017
Reading Euclid in the early modern world
All Souls College, Oxford
Oxford, UK
    Euclid's Elements of Geometry was highly visible in early modern culture: a touchstone for mathematical training as well as a spur to new mathematical research throughout the period. In this period dozens of editions of the Elements were printed, and it was certainly the most widely read mathematical book of the time. Different editors made very different choices about the content and layout of the Elements and the other works attributed to Euclid, based on different assumptions about the meaning and authenticity of the texts and their component parts. Likewise, different readers approached the text in very different ways, bringing to it very different assumptions about the use of (printed) texts, and about the kind of text the Elements was and the kind of attention it deserved: logical or philological, geometrical or practical. Many readers annotated the text, and many selected sections for copying into exercise books. During this period, standards of geometrical proof were being actively questioned by mathematicians, but geometrical methods were being deliberately brought into other fields such as medicine, physics, and philosophy.
    This workshop will consider the ways early modern people engaged with Euclid's works--from schoolchildren and artisans to teachers and scholars--and attempt to understand their role in their lives and in culture. It will examine the unique cultural position Euclidean geometry occupied and how that position was shaped and maintained. Invited speakers will include Renee Raphael, Robert Goulding, Sabine Rommevaux, Sebastien Maronne, Yelda Nasifoglu and Philip Beeley.
    Proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of early modern reading of and engagement with the works of Euclid. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to Benjamin Wardhaugh by 1 August 2017. The conference can contribute to travel costs for speakers. This workshop is part of an AHRC-funded project on 'Reading Euclid: Euclid's Elements of Geometry in Early Modern Britain'.
Contact: Benjamin Wardhaugh.

December 31, 2017
Special Issue of Hobbes Studies (Spring 2019): German Hobbes Scholarship
Guest Editors: Dirk Brantl and Daniel Eggers
Submissions may approach the topic from a variety of perspectives and may include, for example:
    •  papers from current German philosophers, historians etc. working on Hobbes
    •  papers critically engaging with past or present German Hobbes scholarship
    •  papers examining how Hobbes’s philosophy was received and discussed by major figures in the history of German philosophy such as Leibniz, Pufendorf, Kant or Hegel
Please do not submit literature reviews about recent German Hobbes scholarship since such a review will be provided by the guest editors by way of an introduction. The submissions will initially be reviewed by the two guest editors. Selected papers will then be sent out to external reviewers, and the final decisions will be made on the basis of their reports. Submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words (incl. notes and bibliography) and should be with the editors by 31th of December 2017. If you would like to submit a paper, please send an anonymized pdf version of the paper along with a brief abstract to Dirk Brantl. Please do not use Hobbes Studies’ Editorial Manager for submitting your paper.
Contact: Daniel Eggers.

January 3-6, 2018
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Savannah Convention Center, 1 International Drive
Savannah, GA
Wednesday, Jan. 3
    11:00-1:00 p.m.  Colloquium: Hume and Mill on Women. Chair: Piers Stephens (Georgia)
        Getty Lustila (Boston U): “‘The Sovereigns of the Empire of Conversation’: Hume on Women”; commentator: Anne Jacobson (Somerville College, Oxford)
        Van Tu (Michigan): “Mill on Ideological Conversion and Social Reform: An Interpretation of Mill’s Argumentative Strategy in The Subjection of Women”; commentator: Elizabeth Edenberg (Georgetown)
    1:00-3:00 p.m.  Colloquium: Kant. Chair: Anna-Maria Bartsch (U Kassel)
        Tyke Nunez (Washington U, St. Louis): “Kant’s Conception of Pure General Logic: A Reply to MacFarlane”; commentator: Alexandra Newton (Illinois)
        Krista Thomason (Swarthmore): “Wild Chimeras: Kant on the Dangers of Enthusiasm”; commentator: Jenny Uleman (SUNY Purchase)
    1:00-3:00  Early Modern Laws of Nature. Chair: Lewis Powell (Buffalo, SUNY)
        Alison Peterman (Rochester): Title TBA
        Helen Hattab (U Houston): Title TBA
    3:00-6:00  Kantian Ethics. Chair: Asia Ferring (American U)
        Adam Shmidt (Boston U): “Freedom and Responsibility in Kant”; commentator: Reza Hadisi (U Illinois Chicago)
        Bowen Chan (Toronto): “Humanity As an End in Itself: Respect for Humanity Refers to Respect for Personality”; commentator: Yi Deng (North Georgia)
        Nataliya Palatnik (Wisconsin–Milwaukee): “Kantian Agents and Their Significant Others”; commentator: Katherine Gasdaglis (Cal State Poly, Pomona)
    3:00-6:00  Symposium: Emilie Du Châtelet and the Metaphysics of Physics. Chair: Deborah Boyle (College of Charleston)
        Katherine Brading (Duke), Andrew Janiak (Duke), Monica Solomon (Notre Dame)
    6:30-9:30  International Berkeley Society Session. Chair: Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College, MA)
        Keota Fields (U Massachusetts Dartmouth): “Representation and Reflection in Berkeley’s Theory of Conceiving”
        Melissa Frankel (Carleton): “Berkeley, Descartes, and the Veracity of God”
        Richard Brook (Bloomsburg U): “Does Berkeley Need a Transcendental Concept of Space?”
    6:30-9:30  International Hobbes Society: TBA
Thursday, Jan. 4
    9:00-11:00  Malebranche and More. Chair: Benjamin Cordry (Lorain County Comm Col)
        Daniel Simpson (Saint Louis U): “Henry More, Holenmeric Souls, and the Unity of Consciousness Argument”; commentator: Chris Meyns (Utrecht)
        Torrance Fung (Virginia): “Is Malebranche’s God in Time?”; commentator: Susan Peppers-Bates (Stetson U)
    9:00-11:00  Symposium: Gerad Gentry (Yale): "The Threefold Function of the Imagination in the Critique of Pure Reason". Chair: Nabeel Hamid (Pennsylvania)
        ;Commentators: Nathan Bauer (Rowan U), Jessica Williams (South Florida)
    9:00-12:00  Symposium: Locke, God, and the Natural World. Chair: Antonia LoLordo (Virginia)
        Stewart Duncan (Florida)
        Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester College)
        Commentator: Jessica Gordon-Roth (Minnesota)
    12:00-2:00  Author Meets Critics: Walter Ott, Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception. Chair: Stephen Puryear (North Carolina St)
        Critics: Alison Simmons (Harvard), Sean Greenberg (UC Irvine); author: Walter Ott (Virginia)
    12:00-2:00  Hume Society: Hume on Politeness and Passions. Chair: Allison Kuklok (Saint Michael’s College)
        Alison McIntyre (Wellesley): “Hume vs. Malebranche (and Hutcheson) on Whether Passions Represent Their Objects”
        Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Politeness and the Common Good in Hume’s Political Philosophy”
    12:00-2:00  Society for German Idealism and Romanticism: Systematicity in German Idealism. Chair: Gerad Gentry (Yale)
        Melissa Zinkin (Binghamton): “Reason, Systematicity, and Judgment”
        Jere Surber (Denver): “Kant’s German Idealist Legacy: Philosophy as Systematic Theory of Science”
                Commentator: Janum Sethi (Michigan)
    2:00-5:00  Colloquium: Locke and Spinoza. Chair: Chris Johns (American U Beirut)
        Ronald Claypool (Florida): “Lockean Responses to the Problem of Perceptual Error”; commentator: Nathan Rockwood (Virginia Tech)
        Patrick Connolly (Lehigh): “Locke on the Difficulty of Demonstration”; commentator: Lex Newman (Utah)
        Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M): “Spinoza on the Being-Thing Distinction”; commentator: Galen Barry (Iona College)
    2:00-5:00  Symposium: Sex, Marriage, and Family in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy. Chair: Mary Ellen Waithe (Cleveland St)
        Colin Heydt (South Florida); Jackie Taylor (U San Francisco), Christina van Dyke (Calvin C)
    5:15-7:15  Descartes Society
        Jeremy Hyman (Arkansas) : “On a Recently Discovered Manuscript of Descartes’ Meditations”
        Hanoch Ben-Yami (Central European U Budapest): “Descartes and the Possibility of Idealism”
    5:15-7:15  Leibniz Society of North America
    5:15-7:15  North American Kant Society: Kant on the Sources of Moral Obligation. Chair: Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern)
        Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex): “Kant and the Idea of a Source of Moral Obligation”
        Patrick Kain (Purdue): “Obligation and the Nature of Things”
        Paul Schofield (Bates C): “Kantian Constructivism and Bootstrapping”
    7:30-10:30  North American Kant Society: Kant on Ethical Practices. Chair: Howard Williams (Cardiff)
        Klas Roth (Stockholm): “Kant on Moral Perfection, and the Endless Struggle against Evil: Challenges for Education”
        Terry Godlove (Hofstra): “The Tyranny of Virtue: Kant on Ritual Action”
        Gina Ercolini (South Carolina): “Kant in Conversation: Sociable Exchange and the Society of the Table”
Friday, Jan. 5
    9:00-11:00  Hobbes and Reid on Philosophical Psychology. Chair: Margot Wieglus (Misericordia)
        Christopher Bobier (UC Irvine): “Hobbes on Hope and Deliberation”; commentator: Mark Pickering (Lynn University)
        Christopher Shrock (Oklahoma Christian U): “Thomas Reid on All Things Considered Duties to Believe”; commentator: Richard Legum (Kingsborough Comm Col)
    2:30-4:30  Early Modern Modality. Chair: Brian Glenney (Norwich U)
        Aaron Wilson (South Texas Coll): “The Necessities “In Here”: Detection and Projection in Hume’s Account of Causal Necessity”; commentator: Jonny Cottrell (Wayne State)
        Owen Pikkert (Toronto): “The Modal Status of Leibniz’s Principle of Sufficient Reason”: commentator: Marc Bobro (Santa Barbara Comm Col)
    7:00-10:00 p.m.  International Hobbes Society
Saturday, Jan. 6
    11:30-1:30  Symposium: Women Philosophers, 1600–1900: A Workshop. Chair: Lydia Moland (Colby Coll)
        Kristin Gjesdal (Temple)
        Elizabeth Goodnik (Metro State U Denver)

January 13, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Galileo
Présentation par Gregorio Baldin. Interventions de Frédéric de Buzon (Strasbourg), Daniel Garber (Princeton/IEA Paris), Antoni Malet (Barcelone), Isabelle Pantin (ENS). Réponses de Renée Raphael (Irvine). Modératrice: Sophie Roux (ENS).
9h30 à 13h00, ENS, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle Cavaillès
Paris, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.

January 17, 2018
Early Modern History of Philosophy and Science Workshop in Honour of Andrew Pyle
Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol
Cotham House Room G2
Bristol, England
    9:30  Introduction and commendation
    10:00  Tzuchien Tho (Bristol): "Must Motion be Continuous? Hobbes, Leibniz and the Structure of Motion"
    11:00  Jeremy Dunham (Durham): "Condillac's Changing Mind: Perception, Judgment, and Instinct"
    13:30  Geoffrey Blumenthal (Bristol): "On Progress and Correction in Chemistry, 1766-1813"
    14:30  Anna Ortín Nadal (Edinburgh): "Descartes on a Semantic Model for Sensory Perception"
    15:30  Andrew Pyle (Bristol): "Malebranche on Occasionalism and Mechanism: The Reply to Fontenelle Revisited"
    16:30  Final Discussion
Contact: Tzuchien Tho.

January 23, 2018
Workshop: Émilie Du Châtelet
Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
Paderborn University
O1.258, Warburger Str. 100
Paderborn, Germany
    4:00-5:00  Elena Muceni (Geneva)
    5:00-6:00  Stefanie Ertz (Paderborn)
    6:00-7:00  Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn)

January 25, 2017
London Spinoza Circle
Christopher Thomas (Aberdeen): TBA
Birkbeck College, Dept of Politics, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paul Hirst Room, 10 Gower Street, London
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.

January 26-27, 2018
Navigating the Old and the New: Sir Kenelm Digby and the Canon
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
A successful diplomat, privateer and natural philosopher, Sir Kenelm Digby was one of the most intriguing of early modern philosophers. Today, he is perhaps best known for his attempt at reconciling Aristotelian tradition and Cartesian thought, in order to have the best of both. Yet, his contribution to early modern thought still remains to be explored in detail. The aim of this workshop is to explore his contributions to the philosophical and scientific developments of his time, as well as to open up a conversation about his place in the canon of early modern philosophy. Confirmed speakers include:
    •  Andreas Blank (Paderborn)
    •  Karin Ekholm (St. John's College)
    •  Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest)
    •  Joe Moshenka (Cambridge)
    •  Martine Pécharman (Paris)
We welcome papers on specific topics in Digby’s philosophical or scientific work, on his correspondence, or on the context and reception of his thought. Abstracts of ca. 500 words should be sent to Han Thomas Adriaenssen by September 1st. Notification of acceptance: September 20.
Contact: Han Thomas Adriaenssen.

January 31, 2018, 2018
Special issue: Women and Early Modern Philosophy
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Edited by Sarah Hutton and Ruth Hagengruber
In recent years, the attention that has been paid to the philosophical women of the past has challenged prevailing assumptions that women made no significant contribution to the history of philosophy. An increasing body of work in the history of philosophy has demonstrated that women did indeed contribute significantly. The history of women’s philosophy is now recognised as a rich new domain of scholarly enquiry. To highlight new research in the field, the British Journal for the History of Philosophy is planning a special issue devoted to women’s contribution to philosophy in the early modern period broadly understood (i.e. from the Renaissance to the early Enlightenment). Proposals are therefore invited for papers to be included in the special issue. These may be either on individual philosophers, women’s contribution to different branches of philosophy (including natural philosophy), or any other aspect of the history of early modern women’s philosophy. Submissions on the more neglected female thinkers in this period will be particularly welcome. And younger scholars are encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals in the form of a 500 word summary should be sent to Sarah Hutton with a copy to Ruth Hagengruber Deadline 15th August. All submissions will be refereed in accordance with BJHP practice (double-blind peer review). The deadline for submitting papers accepted for peer review will be 31st January 2018.

February 10, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Leibniz's Metaphysics of Modality
Présentation par Lucian Petrescu (ULB). Interventions de Jean-Pascal Anfray (ENS), Stefano Di Bella (Milan), Martin Lin (Rutgers), Arnaud Pelletier (ULB). Réponses de Sebastian Bender (Humboldt-U Berlin). Modérateur : Frédéric de Buzon (Strasbourg).
9h30 à 13h00, ENS, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle Cavaillès
Paris, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.

February 15, 2018
London Spinoza Circle
Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins): TBA
Birkbeck College, Dept of Politics, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paul Hirst Room, 10 Gower Street, London
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.

February 16, 2018
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Lucia Oliveri (Münster/Rutgers): TBA
Harvard University
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211, 4:00-6:00
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeffrey McDonough.

February 21-24, 2018
American Philosophical Association Meeting, Central Division
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
    •  Descartes Society Session
The Descartes Society invites proposals that addresses any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The sessions will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Central Division is August 1, 2017. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to the division representative, Steve Wagner.

    •  North American Spinoza Society Session
Papers on any aspect of Spinoza's views on virtues and (or) vices are welcome. To participate, please submit an abstract (prepared for blind review and no more than 750 words). Include contact information and the title of the paper in the email with the abstract attached as a word/pdf/rtf document. The subject heading of the email (deadline: Sept 1, 2017) should be "NASS Central 2018." Send submissions to: Andrew Youpa, Southern Illinois U Carbondale.

    •  Spinoza Society of Canada Session
A joint session with the North American Spinoza Society dedicated to the consideration of Spinoza’s method and methodology (including the geometrical method and the method of interpreting scripture) and the relationship between method and Spinoza’s metaphysical and moral views. We invite any and all submissions that fall under this banner, broadly speaking. Submissions must be no more than 750 words and in ODF/Word, RTF or PDF format. Please prepare submissions for blind review, and send the paper title, name and affiliation details separately (preferably in the body of the email) no later than October 31, 2017 to Contact: Torin Doppelt.
A une session conjointe avec la North American Spinoza Society consacrée à l’étude et à la discussion de la méthode philosophique de Spinoza (en incluant sa méthode géométrique et sa méthode d'exégèse de l'Écriture) ainsi qu’à l’analyse de la relation entre sa méthode et ses considérations métaphysiques et morales. Nous vous invitons à soumettre vos propositions pour des communications liées à ce sujet. Les soumissions ne doivent pas dépasser 750 mots et doivent être rédigées en format ODF/Word, RTF ou PDF. Veuillez, s’il vous plaît, soumettre vos propositions préparées pour une évaluation par les pairs, en envoyant votre nom, le titre de votre présentation et votre affiliation universitaire ou collégiale séparément (de préférence dans le corps du courriel): date limite de soumission: le 31 octobre 2017 à

March 1, 2017
London Spinoza Circle
Daniel Whistler (Royal Holloway): TBA
Birkbeck College, Dept of Politics, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paul Hirst Room, 10 Gower Street, London
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.

March 2-4, 2018
Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Speaker: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    As with other Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy, papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne to Kant) are welcome. We particularly encourage papers which suggest new or less frequently discussed topics, themes, and critical approaches to the history of modern philosophy, discuss and familiarize the group with new texts, or deploy an interdisciplinary approach. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students. Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed anonymously by a group of faculty from universities throughout the region. Reading time of papers should be approximately 45 minutes.
    Submissions: Please send an abstract of no more than 600 words by November 20, 2017. Abstracts should not contain identifying information, which should appear on a separate cover page. We prefer that abstracts be sent electronically by attachment in PDF format to Michael Rosenthal. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Please note that no financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation. Details on the program and accommodations will be available in early January.
Contact: Michael Rosenthal.

March 9-11, 2018
The Scottish Tradition: Explaining its Rise, Understanding its Legacy
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Conference
Princeton Seminary
Princeton, NJ
Plenary speakers: Rebecca Copenhaver (Lewis & Clark); Jennifer Keefe (Wisconsin, Parkside); Silvia Sebastiani (Inst Adv Study, Princeton/École Hautes Études Sciences Sociales)
Invited Panel: “Pre-Enlightenment Scottish Thought”: Anna Becker (Basel); Henrik Lagerlund (Western U); Christian Maurer (Lausanne)
    Opinions differ as to the period of time over which a Scottish philosophical tradition can be identified. Some find signs of it as early as Duns Scotus (1266?-1308) and as late as John Macmurray (1891-1976). Others regard the period of the Scottish Enlightenment as key, locating the tradition’s origins in Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746), its culmination in Sir William Hamilton (1788-1856), and seeing its demise with the rise of the Scottish Idealists led by Edward Caird (1835-1908). Whichever period we focus on, however, its rise and its significance provide further occasions for debate and disagreement. Is the Scottish tradition distinctive in terms of topics and/or philosophical doctrines? Or can it be subsumed without significant loss within the broader category of British moral philosophy? Does it have special strengths in its choice of philosophical method, or is it merely a version of empiricism? Is Hume a key player or an outsider? Is Reid’s ‘common sense’ at the core of it all, or merely one phase in its history? Are the Scottish Idealists to be included or excluded from the tradition? Is there continuing value in identifying a ‘Scottish philosophical tradition’, or is it an ex post facto invention born of nostalgia?
    Paper proposals (maximum 300 words) on any topic relevant to this general theme are invited. They should be sent as an email attachment, with all identifying references in the accompanying email, to by November 1st 2017. Decisions will be notified by December 15th. Proposals chosen for inclusion should be developed into in papers with a maximum reading time of 30 minutes.
    The Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy’s opening conference took place in Aberdeen in 2004. It moved to Princeton in 2006, and the 2018 conference will be its closing event. Following the conference, the CSSP will merge with the International Association for Scottish Philosophy, to form a new Institute for the Study of Scottish Philosophy. Administratively based at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, and under the direction of Dr James J S Foster, the ISSP will maintain and expand the IASP’s informative website, continue the CSSP’s publication program (Journal of Scottish Philosophy; Library of Scottish Philosophy; Edinburgh Studies in Scottish Philosophy) and in collaboration with other organizations co-sponsor an annual conference at a variety of international venues:
    •  2019 – Lausanne, Switzerland: “Enlightenment, Sociability and Toleration” in collaboration with the University of Lausanne
    •  2020 – Princeton, New Jersey: in collaboration with the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society
    •  2021 – Tokyo, Japan: in collaboration with the International Christian University and the ISSP Asian Network
    •  2022 – St Andrews, Scotland: in collaboration with the University of St Andrews
Contacts: James A. Harris and Remy Debes.

March 10, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Condillac
Interventions de Jean-Christophe Bardout (Rennes 1), André Charrak (Paris 1), Anik Waldow (Sydney). Réponses de Jean-Claude Pariente (Clermont-Ferrand) et Martine Pécharman (CNRS) et des contributeurs du numéro. Modérateur: Denis Kambouchner (Paris 1).
9h30 à 13h00, ENS, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle Cavaillès
Paris, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.

March 13-15, 2018
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science: “Mathematical mixtures”: disciplines, epistemic genres and systems of practices in the (early) modern world
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers: Arianna Borrelli (Technical U Berlin), Hasok Chang ( Cambridge), David Marshall Miller (Iowa), Cesare Pastorino (Technical U Berlin), Friedrich Steinle (Technical U Berlin)
    The Colloquium will focus on the interplay between quantification, practice(s) and the emergence of new epistemic genres in the early modern period (broadly conceived). We are especially interested in the several ways in which debates on epistemic genres and disciplinary boundaries contributed to the shaping of new “forms of mathematization” from the 16th century to the 18th century (and beyond). One of our aims with this colloquium is to bring together scholars coming from different disciplines, thus cutting across the established divisions and traditional temporal delimitations. We invite papers coming from history of science, history of philosophy, philosophy of scientific practices, STS, &HPS etc., dealing with case studies coming from the 16th to the 18th century. We hope that methodological tolerance and historical diversity can improve our understanding of the wide diversity of “mathematical mixtures” which were so essential for the emergence of the modern sciences.
    To submit a proposal, please send a 500 word abstract and a short CV to Dana Jalobeanu by December 10; notification of acceptance by December 20. Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science is jointly organized by the Institute for Research in the Humanities, ICUB, and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, as part of the research project The Emergence of Mathematical Physics in the Context of Experimental Philosophy (PNIII- P4-ID- PCE 2016-0228, 2017-2019). The Bucharest Colloquium is followed by the Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy (March 16-17); participants to the Colloquium are warmly invited to join the Graduate Conference as well.
Contact: Dana Jalobeanu.

March 22, 2018
London Spinoza Circle
Alexander Douglas (St Andrews): TBA
Birkbeck College, Dept of Politics, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paul Hirst Room, 10 Gower Street, London
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.

March 28-April 1, 2018
AAPT Teaching Panel: Teaching Descartes's Meditations
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA
    We are seeking panelists for a session on teaching Descartes’s Meditations, and related texts, at the Teaching Hub. We envision approximately three different presentations on interesting or innovative approaches to teaching Descartes’s work in undergraduate classes. We hope to focus discussion mainly on pedagogy, but would be interested in various approaches to content, if they are tied to conversations about teaching. We also encourage critical approaches to teaching Descartes’s work that may challenge us to think about why and how we teach canonical texts. Consistent with the ethos of the AAPT, we expect presentations to be short, maybe fifteen minutes, engendering the sharing of ideas about different ways to teach the text among participants. We will appreciate proposals which include concrete ideas about how to make the session interactive. Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Russell Marcus by August 31, 2017. Please include a brief explanation of both your approach to teaching the core text and your experiences doing so. Supporting material, such as syllabi, handouts, or a CV, is also welcome; we are interested in ensuring represenation of a range of voices. We expect to select presenters by September 15, 2017.
    The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at various divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2018 Pacific Division Meeting, contact Mark Jensen.
Contact: Mark Jensen.

March 28-April 1, 2018
Descartes Society Session
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA
The Descartes Society invites proposals that addresses any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The sessions will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Pacific Division is August 31, 2017. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to the division representative, John Carriero.

March 31, 2018
Special Issue of Society and Politics: Consciousness in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy of Mind
Invited editors: Martin Klein, Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum, Oliver Istvan Toth
Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2018
In recent years, the relationship between Medieval and Early Modern philosophy has received greater attention. Scholars have characterized this relationship both as a continuity and as a break. This is certainly true of philosophy of mind, where many Aristotelian assumptions and questions persisted, while the framework of substantial forms and their inherent powers was questioned. Also, in both Medieval and Early Modern history of philosophy the notion of consciousness has been the topic of new research: different scholars have tried to investigate the question how our contemporary concern with consciousness maps onto Medieval and Early Modern philosophy, as well as what implications medieval and early modern positions in philosophy of mind and epistemology have for possible views on consciousness. While some scholars point to similarities, others have warned that it is not clear whether the problem of consciousness even existed for some of the authors in these periods.
    For this special issue of Society and Politics we therefore invite papers discussing one of the followings topics:
        •  Consciousness in Medieval philosophy
        •  Consciousness in Early Modern philosophy
        •  The influence of Medieval on Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
        •  Influence and/or relevance of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness for the contemporary philosophy of mind
        •  Methodology of research on Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
        •  Historiography of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
Papers no longer than 8000 words, or book reviews no longer than 800 words, should be submitted to by March 31, 2018. Submissions must be prepared for double-blind peer review. Publication is scheduled for November 30, 2018.
Authors guidelines
Contact: Oliver Istvan Toth.

April 13-14, 2018
History of Philosophy Society: Forms of Reason
St. Mary's University
Department of Philosophy
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX
Keynote Speakers: Anne-Marie Schultz (Baylor) and Rocio Zambrana (Oregon)
    Reason has gone by many names (λóγος, ratio, raison, Vernunft, etc.) and has appeared in a variety of forms in the history of philosophy. Reason has been the determining ground of existence; the intelligibility of the world; the specific difference between humans and other animals; the ruling part of the soul; a cognitive faculty; an instrument of legitimation; and has played many other roles as well. The 4th annual meeting of the History of Philosophy Society will explore these roles by surveying the forms in which reason has appeared in the history of philosophy and the way its forms have been contested.
    Typically, HOPS submissions focus on a single author from a single period in the history of philosophy prior to the 20th century, but essays treating multiple authors will be considered. Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review with the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information on a separate title page. Papers should be no more than 40 minutes reading length. Please send submissions as an email attachment to no later than January 15, 2018.
Contact: Colin McQuillan.

April 13-14, 2018
The Principle of Sufficient Reason: Then and Now
Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
515 W Hastings St, Vancouver
    Michael Della Rocca (Yale); commentator Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)
    Erica Shumener (Pittsburgh); commentator Kelly Trogdon (Virgian Tech)
    Sam Newlands (Notre Dame); commentator Dai Heide (Simanon Fraser)
    Kristin Primus (UC Berkeley); commentator Julia Borcherding (NYU)
    Agustin Rayo (MIT); commentator Tom Donaldson (Simon Fraser)
    Sara Bernstein (Notre Dame); commentator Holly Anderson (Simon Fraser)
    Martin Glazier (U Nac Auto Mexico); commentator Michael Raven (Victoria)
    Fatema Amijee (Simon Fraser); commentator Jack Spencer (MIT)
Contact: Fatima Amijee.

April 20-21, 2018
Early Modern--Saint Louis
Downtown St. Louis, MO
    Submissions are welcome on any aspect of Modern philosophy, roughly understood as the period from Montaigne through Mill.Submissions on British philosophy after Hume are particularly encouraged. Keynote presentation by Annemarie Butler (Iowa State University), "Locke and Hume on the Demonstrability of God's Existence." Panel on teaching Early Modern philosophy led by Julie Walsh (Wellesley College). Please submit anonymized, 300-500 word abstracts prepared for blind review through Easychair. Papers should ultimately be suitable for a 25 minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Deadline for submissions: January 25, 2018. Notifications of acceptance: February 18.
Contacts: Richard Fry and Krista Rodkey.

May 4-5, 2018
Eastern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
Columbia University
New York, NY
Keynote speakers: Stephen Engstrom (Pittsburgh) and Paul Guyer (Brown)
Papers already read or accepted at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Submissions of detailed abstracts (1,000 words) or papers (no more than 5,000 words, including notes and references) should be prepared for blind review as PDF files and sent to Kate Moran no later than January 15, 2018. Please include a word count at the end of your abstract or paper. Please supply contact information in a separate file. If you are a graduate student, please indicate this in your contact information.
    The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (contemporary or historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. Reading time is limited to 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize. Women, minorities, and graduate students are encouraged to submit.
    Papers already read or accepted at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Papers will be posted in the “members only” section of the NAKS website and circulated in advance among participants, who are expected to have read them at the time of the conference. ENAKS receives support from NAKS and host universities. Earlier programs are available on our website.
Contact: Kate Moran.

May 12, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Spinoza on Mind
Interventions de Daniel Garber (Princeton/IEA Paris), Denis Kambouchner (Paris 1), Olli Koistinen (Turku), Pierre-François Moreau (ENS Lyon). Réponses d’Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt). Modérateur: Mogens Lærke (ENS Lyons)
9h30 à 13h00, ENS, ENS de Lyon, 15 parvis René Descartes
Lyon, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.

May 24-25, 2018
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland
Keynote speakers: Martin Lenz (Groningen); Felicity Green (Edinburgh)
    The SSEMP IX is the 9th edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration. We welcome abstracts on any topic in pre-Kantian early modern philosophy (broadly defined, ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the Enlightenment.) We particularly encourage proposals that consider early modern philosophy in relation to other related disciplines, such as theology, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 30-35 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
    Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor). Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2018. Due to very high numbers of submissions we can no longer undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted within one month by 15 February should consider their submission declined.
    The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, like in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include: (1) Name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2018. They should be sent to Mogens Lærke. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so.
    Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers. For further information about the SSEMP, see
Contact: Mogens Lærke.

May 30-31, 2018
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands
Invited speakers: Christia Mercer (Columbia) and Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)
The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Built on the success of the previous 2014–2017 editions, which gathered philosophers from all over the world, the Seminar offers workshop-style collaborations to stimulate scholarly exchange. The language of presentation and discussion is English. We welcome abstracts for talks on any topic related to early modern philosophy, broadly understood (roughly the period 1500–1800 CE). We are especially interested in presentations that discuss philosophical issues or works that have received less sustained scholarly attention, including, but not limited to: non canonical authors and traditions, anonymous texts, methodological reflections on doing Early Modern philosophy.
    Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) suitable for anonymous review in PDF to our EasyChair page. Deadline: 15 January 2018. Decisions will follow by early March. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. We will send reviewers’ reports with useful feedback on abstracts to all who wish to receive this. Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students. No financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
Contact: Chris Meyns.

May 31-June 1, 2018
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Schapenstraat 34
Leuven, Belgium
    The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Leuven invites submissions for the yearly Leuven Kant Conference. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent in word format no later than January 14, 2018, as an attachment, to Abstracts, including the title, should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the email. Notification of acceptance by February 10, 2018.
    Keynote speakers: Mario Caimi (Buenos Aires), Alix Cohen (Edinburgh), Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern)
Contact: Karin de Boer.

June 1, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Descartes' Metaphysics
Interventions de Igor Agostini (Lecce), Tamás Pavlovits (Szeged), Bruno Pinchard (Lyon 3). Réponses de Dan Arbib (ENS). Modérateur: Jean-Pascal Anfray.
14h00 à 17h30, U Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paris, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.

June 1-2, 2018
Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity
Universidad Loyola Andalucía
Seville, Spain
    Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) is recognized as a philosopher, theologian, and jurist who had a significant cultural impact in the development of modernity. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, our symposium will study the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and early modernity. Can the work of the Jesuits be seen not only as a forerunner of philosophical, political, or legal modernity, but also as an expression of an alternative modernity? What is the relationship between the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition and the development of the work of Suárez and his contemporaries? What elements of the work of Suárez and other Jesuits may today be relevant to face the crisis of modernity?
    Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) es reconocido como un filósofo, teólogo y jurista que tuvo un alto impacto cultural en los inicios y desarrollos de la modernidad. Celebrando el 400 aniversario de su muerte, en nuestro symposium estudiaremos la obra de Suárez y de otros jesuitas de su época en el contexto de las diversas tradiciones que confluyeron en Europa entre el tardo medioevo y el Renacimiento y la primera modernidad. ¿La obra de los jesuitas puede ser vista no solo como precursora de la modernidad filosófica, política o jurídica, sino también como expresión de una modernidad alternativa? ¿Cuál es la relación entre la tradición ignaciana y jesuita y el desarrollo de la obra de Suárez y sus contemporáneos? ¿Qué elementos de la obra de Suárez y otros jesuitas pueden ser hoy relevantes para enfrentar la crisis de la modernidad?
    These are just a few of many issues we would like to discuss. To participate in this discussion, email a short (200–250 word) abstract of a proposed paper in Spanish or in English to both Professors Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos and Robert Aleksander Maryks before September 30, 2017, and if accepted, the full paper (8–10,000 words) before December 31, 2017. Selected papers will be published after the symposium either in a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

June 4-5, 2018
Substance in Earrly Modern Scholasticism
University of Groningen
Room Gamma
Groningen, Netherlands
Confirmed speakers: Sydney Penner (Asbury U), Dominik Perler (Humboldt), Marleen Rozemond (Toronto), Tad Schmaltz (Michigan)
Recent scholarship on Francisco Suárez and others has shown that the study of early modern scholasticism is illuminating vis-à-vis the philosophical background of “canonical” early modern philosophy as well as being philosophically rewarding in its own right. As is well known, disagreements about substance figure centrally in early modern thought. To come to a better understanding of early modern scholasticism, an important but neglected movement in the history of philosophy, we invite abstracts on the theme of substance in early modern scholasticism (roughly 1500-1750). The aim of the conference is to investigate the extent to which early modern scholastics departed from or developed Aristotelian conceptions of substance, to learn more about the philosophical problems associated with Aristotelian conceptions, and to uncover ways in which early modern scholastics might have influenced, directly or otherwise, “canonical” philosophers such as Descartes, Leibniz, and Locke. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
    •  The analysis of substance, accidents, and modes; Matter; Substantial and accidental form; Unity; The Origin of forms and preformation; Extension and Quanity; Individuation; The soul and its faculties
    •  Target philosophers (but not limited to the following), possibly in relation to other ancient, medieval, or early modern philosophers: Domingo de Soto, John Capreolus, Pedro da Fonseca, Luis de Molina, The Conimbricenses, Francisco Suárez, Gabriel Vázquez, Bartolomeo Mastri and Bonaventura Belluto, John Punch, Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza, Rodrigo de Arriaga, Sebastián Izquierdo, Francisco de Oviedo, Juan Caramuel Y Lobkowitz
    Please submit blinded abstracts of reasonable length to Brian Embry by February 1, 2018 with ‘CFP’ in the subject line. Final drafts should have a talk time of around 45 minutes.

June 11-12, 2018
21st Century Challenges to the History of 18th Century Musical Aesthetics
University of Turin
Turin, Italy
Keynote speakers: Vanessa Agnew, Suzanne Aspden, Philip Bohlman, Tomas McAuley
    The last forty years of scholarly research on the Eighteenth century and on the Enlightenment have deeply modified, enriched and maybe also confused our understanding of that century, softening the disciplinary boundaries and bringing social, gender, economic issues to the fore. The studies on the ‘radical Enlightenment’ (from M. C. Jacob to J. Israel), on the literary underground of the Eighteenth century and on the circulation of books and knowledge (from R. Darnton to R. B. Sher), studies on the ‘national Enlightenments’, on exploration, pre-colonialism, natural collections, the public, sensibility, the self, the ‘science of man’, have all broadened our perspective on that crucial century not only about European, but about Global History as well. What impact, if any, have these studies had (or could these studies have) on the history and study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics? Is it still possible to pursue the study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics as if it were a separate, independent, autonomous realm? This International conference wishes to tackle these issues, in order to build a more complex and varied picture of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics and to further a fruitful dialogue between musicologists and eighteenth century scholars coming from other disciplinary perspectives.
    We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. The official language of the Conference will be English and only proposals in English will be accepted. Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words to Maria Semi by the 30th of July 2017. The abstract (pdf. format) should not contain the name of or personal references to the name of the proponent, as the proposals will be blind reviewed. Please communicate all the personal details in the email. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by the 30th of September. We will not be able to provide financial support to intervening students and scholars, but there won’t be any conference fee.
Contact: Maria Semi.

June 13-16, 2018
Conference: Berkeley in Context
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Newport, RI
We invite scholars to build up a picture of George Berkeley in his historical context by investigating his relation to other philosophers, including (but not limited to) Descartes, Astell, Malebranche, Shepherd, Locke, Hobbes, Collier, Shaftsbury, Johnson, and Newton. How were Berkeley’s positions influenced by his contemporaries? How did later thinkers use Berkeley’s philosophy to advance their own views? Consideration of any aspect of Berkeley’s philosophy--from metaphysics and moral philosophy to natural and social science--are welcome. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words by 1 December 2017 to one of the conference organizers below.
Contacts: Bertil Belfrage, Keota Fields, or Nancy Kendrick.

June 14-15, 2018
Berlin-Hamburg Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Humboldt University Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Keynote speakers: Martin Lin (Rutgers), Catherine Wilson (York/CUNY).
We invite abstracts of no more than 350 words on any topic in early modern philosophy (construed, roughly, as the period from Montaigne to Reid) for a newly established workshop co-organized by the philosophy departments of Humboldt University Berlin and Hamburg University (HU-UHH). The workshop aims to bring together established scholars, junior faculty, and advanced graduate students. The language of presentation and discussion is English. The reading time of the final papers should be 35-40 minutes, followed by 30-35 minutes of discussion. Deadline for abstract submissions is February 1, 2018; decisions will be made by March 15, 2018. Please submit documents in PDF format to The abstract should be prepared for blind review (please provide your name, contact details, and institutional affiliation in a separate document). We will be able to provide some financial assistance to support travel expenses and accommodation (up to approximately 300 EUR). Details of the program will be available in April. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Any questions may be directed to
Contacts: Sebastien Bender and Ariane Schneck.

July 2018
Conference: History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
Contact: Helen Hattab

July 16-18, 2018
John Locke Workshop
Mansfield College
Oxford University
Oxford, UK
Speakers: Lisa Downing (Ohio State) and Edwin McCann (Southern California)
The aim of the first official workshop of the John Locke Society is to foster interactions among Locke scholars from different disciplines and encourage the development of new scholarship on Locke’s works. Abstracts (of no more than 750 words) on any topic pertaining to Locke are due by November 15, 2017 and can be sent to Antonia LoLordo. Final papers should be no longer than 5000 words. The full program will be made available in January 2018. Further information regarding the workshop, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be available at that time.
Contact: Jessica Gordon-Roth.

July 23-27, 2018
International Hume Society Conference
Budapest, Hungary
Themes: Hume on the Continent (Reception and Influence), Hume Historian and Economist, Hume's "Projects" (Aims and Motivations)
    Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for paper submissions: Nov. 1, 2017

September 27-30, 2018
Vocalising the Ineffable: Language and Creativity in Nicholas of Cusa
Hildesheim, Germany
    Thinking language with Nicholas of Cusa means being confronted with a tension: On the one hand, constantly addressing the limitations of language, he holds that more than just the absolute is ineffable. On the other hand, language is the mode of human articulation and communication-- despite its limitations, humans need to employ language if they want to communicate with other humans. According to Cusanus, humans deal with this situation creatively: in their attempts of approaching the ineffable by means of language, they employ creativity. For Cusanus, language is thus an object of investigation, an epistemological instrument of approaching God, the world, and humans, an interface of human interaction accessible through the senses, in short: a multi-faceted core area of human activity and creativity. This has consequences for research on Cusanus. Questions concerning language in a narrower sense and epistemological questions in a broader sense, questions regarding the approximation to god, questions regarding the structure and composition of texts, questions targeting the function of metaphors and images—satisfying answers to all these questions are barely possible without considering Cusanus’ notion of language. For that reason, we offer a roof for research on Cusanus from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines.
     We want to give room to experiment not only regarding the content, but also regarding the form of contributions. “Conventional” talks followed by a discussion, panel or group discussions, joint text work, or something entirely different—we leave it up to you to decide about the appropriate form of contribution. Depending on the suggestions received, we will work out the program of the conference and, in case of it being useful, establish contact between contributors before the conference. If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract (no more than 500 words), the desired format, and a short biography (name, academic status, research project(s)/interests) to: Deadline is December 31, 2017. The conference will be held in English and German. We will try to cover expenditures on traveling and accommodation. However, we cannot give any guarantees in this regard yet. We are looking forward to receiving a thematically and formally wide range of suggestions. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Contacts: Christian Kny, Johanna Hueck.

October 12-14, 2018
Leibniz Society of North America/Société d’études leibniziennes de langue française Congress
Université de Montréal
Montréal, QC
    With this joint meeting, both Societies wish to gather scholars from their distinct linguistic communities for a better sharing of research. The Congress will be bilingual, so that half of all the papers will be in French, the other half in English. The Congress will begin early on Friday and end on Sunday at the latest at 3pm. Participants will be strongly encouraged to use Power Point presentations or printed manuscripts for their presentation to facilitate the discussion. Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of 500 words or less, prepared for blind refereeing. They should be submitted, as attachments to emails in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to The deadline for the receipt of submissions is December 31st, 2017. Authors will be notified by mid-January of the program committee’s decision.
    Avec ce congrès commun, les deux Sociétés souhaitent rassembler des chercheurs des deux communautés linguistiques pour un meilleur partage de la recherche. Le congrès sera bilingue, de sorte que la moitié de toutes les communications seront en français, l’autre en anglais. Le congrès débutera le vendredi en matinée et se terminera le dimanche au plus tard à 15h. Les participants seront fortement encouragés à utiliser un support textuel (Power Point, long exemplier, etc.) afin de faciliter la discussion. Les propositions de communication portant sur tout aspect de la philosophie de Leibniz seront considérées et devront être prévues pour une durée de présentation d’environ 45 minutes. Les personnes intéressées doivent soumettre un résumé de 500 mots ou moins, préparé pour une évaluation anonyme et envoyé en pièce jointe (Word ou PDF) à La date limite de soumission des propositions est le 31 decembre 2017. Les auteurs seront avisés de la décision du comité d’évaluation d’ici la mi-janvier.
Contacts: François Duchesneau and Christian Leduc.