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).


Between the Times Summer School 11-15 July 2022


DATES: 11-15 JULY 2022

The course outlines, discusses, and evaluates the methods for studying intellectual history transnationally. It focuses on the inter-relationship between political, cultural, and intellectual history, and the transference and re-signification of ideas. We ask how best to study the circulation of knowledge, and the reasons for integration, rejection – or ignorance of – certain lines of thought transnationally. We also look at how disciplines like philosophy, semiotics, politics, literary studies, translation studies, etc. can provide tools for intellectual historians. The course addresses general methodological issues and compares the insights of different approaches, yet is also strongly based on historical case studies and tailored to students’ on-going research.

The course gives the students the opportunity to present their own study projects and problems, and to receive feedback in seminars, one-to-one tutorials, and through essay evaluation. The course also strongly promotes and encourages informal communication and exploration of ideas among the participants.

The course is organised in cooperation with the project “Between the Times – Embattled Temporalities and Political Imagination in Inter-War Europe,” based at the School of Humanities.

Course instructors are intellectual historians, cultural historians, literary theorists and philosophers, whose research specializes on conceptual history (e.g. history of concepts of “sovereignty”, “progress”, “revolution”, “violence”, “West”), history of 20th century political thought (e.g. in Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, France, Jewish thought, liberalism and its critics), study of processes of intellectual transfer (e.g. reception and translation studies, emigre studies), political ideologies in European modernisms and avant-gardes, and comparative European intellectual history, among other themes.


– All teachers are innovative researchers, internationally recognised in their respective fields.

– Besides providing general lectures and seminars, the course aims to address each student’s particular research work in proposing methodological options and best practice.

–  The course promotes informal communication and exploration of ideas, making time for topically related tours and get-togethers.


Keynotes: Assoc. Prof. Eva Piirimäe, Prof. Georgios Varouxakis

Other teaching/supervising academic staff:

Dr. Tommaso Giordani

Prof. Liisi Keedus

Dr. Henry Mead

Dr. Piret Peiker




PhD students and dedicated MA students whose postgraduate research focuses on, or draws upon intellectual history.

Minimum bachelor’s degree; knowledge of the English language B2 level or above.

Together with the application, please send your CV and a short (100 words) motivation letter, describing your research project and how you expect it would benefit from this course. The deadline is 1May 2022.

Group size: maximum 15 students. Participants will be selected based on their CV and motivation letter.


Upon full participation and completion of course work students will be awarded 6 ECTS points and a certificate of completion.

In order to complete the course, student needs to:
– Actively participate in discussions
–  Do a presentation
– Complete a final essay related to student’s work in progress (3000-5000 words)


50 EUR.

Course participants are provided free Tallinn University Dormitory double room accommodation for up to 10 nights.