Ideas at Work: Intellectual History Graduate Conference
Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University
An increasing specialization in different branches of intellectual history can obscure the many possibilities of combining insights from aesthetic, scientific, political and literary fields. With this 2-day event we would like to create an environment for fruitful combinations and give graduate and postgraduate students working in the broad field of intellectual history a chance to get to know each other and to present and discuss their work to a wider audience. The conference is organised by and for postgraduates, aiming to offer the opportunity of presenting a fifteen-minute paper in a supportive environment. Our aim is for postgraduates to convene from a wide range of universities and disciplines to discuss our common interests, share experiences and network in a friendly and receptive environment. In addition to the conference part, optional PhD workshops will be organised where pre-circulated papers will be discussed in smaller groups in accordance to the themes of the contributions. Workshops will be chaired by senior scholars. The working language of the event is English.
15 min conference presentation = 1 ECTS point, chairing a conference session = ½ ECTS points, Participation in the workshop = 2 ECTS points. Certificate of participation will be issued upon request.
Call for Papers:
The general theme of the conference is “Ideas at Work”. We want to explore the different ways ideas have functioned, performed, created, shaped, been shaped by, justified and otherwise manifested themselves in practices, institutions, concepts and the material world throughout history.
We are very open to inputs concerning session titles, but have made the following preliminary and broad suggestions:
Approaching Ideas: Including papers on e.g. method and historiography.
Struggling Ideas: Including papers on e.g. legitimation of social, scientific, political as well as economic practices and ideas.
Conceptualising Ideas: Including papers on e.g. conceptual changes and contested concepts.
Envisioning Ideas: Including papers on e.g. aesthetic ideas, materialising ideas in connection to material culture, or the history of the book.
Paper presentations can be no longer than 15 minutes, and sessions no longer than 2 hours total. Abstracts for single 15 minute papers should be c. 200 words.
Participation in the workshop part of the event on Saturday 14th December is optional and will require submission of a work-in-progress paper of 3-5000 words by Friday 15th November 2013 to be circulated before the event. Further details will be given upon submission of abstract.
Proposals for themed sessions and workshops are also welcome, for which we will require a 400 word summary along with the names of those involved and the suggested length (maximum two hours).
The conference is organised by the Theology, History of Ideas, and Philosophy programme, Graduate School, Arts, in collaboration with the Research Programme for Philosophy and Intellectual History, Department of Culture and Society.