Power and Joy: a workshop on Spinoza, Western Sydney University

For those who are Spinozists to the core, as well as for those who are interested in substance and potentia, please come along to this workshop: http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/philosophy/home/events/sponsored_conferences/power_and_joy_a_workshop_on_spinoza

Time: 9.00 am to 4.30 pm When: Friday, November 27, 2015 Location: Western Sydney University Building 5, Room 5.LG.01, Bankstown Campus


9.00 am to 10.00 am Disability and Dance: From the Disabled Sublime to Joy  Janice Richardson

10.00 am to 11.00 am The Authority of Reason: Proof, Rhetoric and the Movement of Thought in the Ethics  Joseph Hughes

11.00 am to 11.30 am Break

11.30 am to 12.30 pm  Pause for Thought: Spinoza on Wonder  Genevieve Lloyd

12.30 pm to 1.30 pm  Grammars of Conatus; or, On the Primacy of Resistance in Spinoza, Foucault, and Deleuze  Cesare Casarino

1.30 pm to 2.30 pm Lunch

2.30 pm to 3.30 pm  Human Nature . . . As It Really Is  Moira Gatens

3.30 pm to 4.30 pm  The Four Senses of Neighbourly Love in the Theological Political Treatise Dimitris Vardoulakis

CFP: Journal of Early Modern Studies


The Editors of the Journal of Early Modern Studies are pleased to announce a call for papers for the Spring 2016 general (non-thematic) issue of JEMS. Submissions of articles and reviews, in English and French, falling within the general scope of JEMS are welcome. JEMS is an interdisciplinary, blind double peer-reviewed journal of intellectual history, dedicated to the exploration of the interactions between philosophy, science and religion in Early Modern Europe. It aims to respond to the growing awareness within the scholarly community of an emerging new field of research that crosses the boundaries of the traditional disciplines and goes beyond received historiographic categories and concepts.

JEMS publishes high-quality articles reporting results of research in intellectual history, history of philosophy and history of early modern science, with a special interest in cross-disciplinary approaches. It furthermore aims to bring to the attention of the scholarly community as yet unexplored topics, which testify to the multiple intellectual exchanges and interactions between Eastern and Western Europe during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is edited by the Research Centre “Foundations of Modern Thought”, University of Bucharest, and published and distributed by Zeta Books. For further information on JEMS and its previous issues, please visit http://www.zetabooks.com/journals/journal-of-early-modern-studies.html Please send your contributions no later than the 15th of November 2015 to jems@zetabooks.com.

Peg Rawes lecture: “Architectural ecologies & ratios”

Architectural ecologies & ratios

6.30pm-8.00pm, 4 November 2015

Location: UCL Chemistry Auditorium, Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ


This lecture brings together planetary, social and housing issues through Spinoza’s 17th century ethics of ‘joy’. It explores how humane and inhumane ratios operate in architecture and art, with reference to the UK housing crisis and ‘eco-logical’ patterns in Agnes Denes’ and Buckminster Fuller’s maps.

Peg Rawes is an architectural theorist and historian, and is Programme Leader of the Masters in Architectural History at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Her research and teaching explore aesthetic, material, technological and ecological histories and theories in architecture. Her publications include: Space, Geometry and Aesthetics (2008), Relational Architectural Ecologies, ed. (2013), Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts, co-ed. (in press 2016), and ‘Spinoza’s Geometric and Ecological Ratios’in The Politics of Parametricism, ed., M. Shvartzberg and M. Poole (Bloomsbury Academic 2015).
The Bartlett International Lecture Series is free and open to members of the public on a first come, first seated basis. Places are limited so early arrival is recommended.


Watch past lectures on Vimeo

Sponsored by Fletcher Priest Architects 

CFP: Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy

Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy.  Extended deadline for call for papers

Conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy and the British Society for the History of Philosophy.

When: Thursday 14th April to Saturday 16th April, 2016.

Where:  Birkbeck College London and Kings College London

During the early modern period, upheavals in science, theology and politics prompted philosophers to grapple with two highly-charged questions.  What are the limits of life? What are the possibilities of life?  Pursuing the first, they probed the relation between life and death. What is it to be a living thing?  What distinguishes life from death?  In what sense, if any, do living things survive death?  Exploring the second question, they turned their attention to the character of a truly human life.  What is it for human beings (or particular kinds of human beings) to live well? What role does philosophy play in this process?  Is living well an individual project, a political one, or both?

Each of these themes has recently attracted renewed interest among historians of early modern philosophy, and the conference aims to explore them as broadly as possible.  The program will be comprised of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers.  Please see below for details

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Michael Moriarty, University of Cambridge, UK

Martine Pécharman, ENS

Ursula Renz, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria

Lisa Shapiro, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Mariafranca Spallanzani, University of Bologna, Italy

Charles Wolfe, University of Gent, Belgium

Call for Papers:

To make sure that everyone who wants to submit an abstract for this conference has an opportunity to do so, we are extending the deadline for submission until 30th November, 2015.  Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, and on any aspect of the conference theme.

To submit, please email an abstract – maximum 800 words and anonymised for blind review – to Susan James (s.james@bbk.ac.uk).  The heading of the email should be ‘ESEMP/BSHP abstract’ and the email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details).

Scholars who plan to attend the conference should register by emailing the organizer, Susan James (s.james@bbk.ac.uk) by 7th March 2016 to give us an accurate idea of numbers.

Further details about registration and funding will be posted in November.

CFP: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VII


Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VII (SSEMP VII)

5-6 May 2016

University of St. Andrews

Key Note Speakers:

Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge)

Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham)

The SSEMP IV is the seventh 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, politics, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 45 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.

The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, as 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 2016. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on mogens.laerke@ens-lyon.fr. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular programme are free to do so.

Abstracts for the regular programme (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on mogens.laerke@ens-lyon.fr. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor.)

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2016. 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 by 15 February should consider their submission declined.

Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.


Dr. James Harris (University of St Andrews) Dr. Mogens Lærke (CNRS, ENS-Lyon)


The Scots Philosophical Association

Philosophy Department, St. Andrews

Institute of Intellectual History, St Andrews Institut d’histoire de la pensée classique, ENS de Lyon

London Spinoza Circle: Lecture Series

The London Spinoza Circle

Lecture Series 2015

Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street, WC1e 7HX


All Sessions 3:30pm – 6pm


15 October     Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen): The Free Man and the Free Market: Ethics and Economics in Ethics IV

5 November   Michael LeBuffe (University of Otago): Idealist Readings of Spinoza

19 November Daniel Schneider (University of Cambridge): Title TBC

We are launching a new seminar group  – the London Spinoza Circle – and attach the programme for this term.  If you would like more information about it please contact Alex Douglas (a.douglas@heythrop.ac.uk)  or Sue James (s.james@bbk.ac.uk), and we look forward to seeing some of you at the meetings.

London Reading group: Deleuze’s Spinoza

The theory reading group organized by the Contemporary Political Theory Research Group at Royal Holloway and the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths is resuming this term with a reading of Deleuze’s smaller Spinoza book, Spinoza: Practical Philosophy.  The current plan is to continue with Nietzsche and Philosophy, which would probably start January.

The details are as follows:

Day: Fridays, starting 9 October 2015

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Goldsmiths College, Education Building, Room 221

The group is likely to move back to central London (Senate House) in the Spring term.

Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone interested in participating.  Those interested need simply come along, or may email Dr. Anna Hickey-Moody, who is organizing the group for the Autumn term, at a.hickey-moody@gold.ac.uk.