On the 18 March 2023, Tommaso Giordani presented a paper entitled “Towards the ‘République sociale’: ideological interaction and social reform in the Third Republic” at the conference Boundaries and Encounters organized by the Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Further details can be found at https://www.sfhsconference.org/
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Tommaso Giordani and Henry Mead on Sorel and T.E. Hulme
Tommaso Giordani and Henry Mead published a research article on Thomas Ernest Hulme and the British reception of Georges Sorel in Modern Intellectual History. The paper argues that Hulme’s reading of Sorel as a moralist was an act of creative re-invention of the French thinker, and that it broke with much of the pre-existing British reception of Sorel. It comes with a bibliography of mentions of Sorel in Anglo-American publications between 1902 and 1922, the year of Sorel’s death.
It is accessible in open access here.
A PDF version is available in the link at the bottom.
Zsófia Lóránd on Women’s Intellectual History in East Central Europe
We are hosting an open philosophy seminar, on November 8th (Tuesday), at 16.00-17.30 in room A 544. Dr. Zsófia Lóránd (University of Cambridge) will give a talk on “Women’s Intellectual History in East Central Europe: Sources and Canons”.
Women from East Central Europe have only rarely been presented as intellectuals, even less so as important political thinkers. However, women in this part of the world had been extensively reflecting on the socio-political reality they lived in, as well as envisioning ways to make society a better place for women. Women’s rights and feminism have therefore a long intellectual and political tradition in East Central Europe that needs to be explored and analysed. My talk will comprise of two parts. In the first part, I will zoom in onto some of the methodological issues and key findings in my research about feminism in Yugoslavia. In the second part, I will talk about my current work on collecting sources and writing a regional history of women’s political thought in East Central Europe.
Zsófia Lóránd is an intellectual historian of feminism in post-WWII state-socialist Eastern Europe. Currently she is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Her book, The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia was published in the Palgrave Macmillan series “Genders and Sexualities in History” in 2018. She got her PhD at the Central European University in Budapest and has held positions at the European University Institute in Florence and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen.
Everyone is warmly welcome!
Tommaso Giordani on Solidarisme
Dr. Tommaso Giordani presented his research on French solidarisme and the ideological beginnings of the French welfare state on the 25 of August 2022, in Helsinki, at the conference In Search of the Common Good, organized by the European Society for the History of Political Thought.
More information can be found here.
Liisi Keedus Thesis Defence
On the 11 of June 2022, Liisi Keedus travelled to Uppsala University in Sweden to examine Thor Rydin’s doctoral thesis. The thesis was entitled:
In the Image of Loss: A new perspective on the works of Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), and can be found here.
Between the Times Summer School
Between the 11 and the 15 of July, the Between the Times Project organised a summer school focussed in comparative methods in transnational intellectual history. Students from all over Europe – and beyond – gathered in Tallinn to discuss their work and learn new methods.
The summer school included keynote lectures from Georgios Varouxakis (QMUL), Eva Piirimäe (University of Tartu), Andres Kurg (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia) and a talk by Henry Mead (TLU).
Time and Political Thought International Workshop
Workshop in Tallinn: Call for Papers
We are pleased to annouce our workshop Time and History in Modern Political Thought in Tallinn on the 8 and 9 of July!
We are welcoming abstracts (max 500 words) until the 15th of April to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
More information can be found here: TallinnTemporalitiesWorkshop
Liisa Bourgeot on Gustav Shpet
On the 23 of February, Liisa Bourgeot from the University of Helsinki gave a talk entitled
“Gustav Shpet, Russian phenomenology, time and history”.
The talk was followed by a small reception.
Liisi Keedus on Karl Barth
Liisi Keedus has published an article on the political thought of Swiss theologian Karl Barth, entitled “‘The snake biting its own tail’: Karl Barth on the modern promise of politics”. The piece appears in the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, and is available here.