Call for paper



6th Annual On-Line International Live Video Graduate Conference

23-24 March 2018

The Graduate Student Chapter of The Aquinas & the Arabs International Working Group is accepting papers on:
(i) Thomas Aquinas,
(ii) Medieval Islamic philosophy,
(iii) intersections between the two, or related topics



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Natural Law in Medieval Philosophy: Traditions, Convergences and Divergences

Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Aposolorum 
Roma, Italy

We invite submissions on medieval theories of natural law and papers which explore the relation between the different traditions. Submissions from PhD students and early career scholars are also eligible. Particularly welcome are papers on natural law in the Byzantine, Islamic, or Jewish traditions. So too are proposals which consider medieval natural law theory in the light of contemporary debates in metaethics, normative ethics, legal and political philosophy.

To submit a paper proposal, please email in .pdf format to by 30 October 2017 a short CV and an abstract of no more than 500 words. The abstract should be prepared for blind review. A confirmation of receipt will be sent by email. Applicants will be notified of a decision by 30 November 2017.

Call for paper

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British Society for the History of Philosophy 2018
‘Habit in the History of Philosophy’

University of Durham, April 10-12 2018

Call for Papers
Throughout the history of the discipline, philosophers have turned to habits in order to understand a very broad range of issues including, to name a few, education and ethics (the inculcation of the right habits for living well); psychology and the philosophy of mind (how habits of mind enable us to cognize the world as regular and ordered and to ascribe meaning to the world); epistemology (the role of mental habits in belief); the philosophy of action (are we responsible for actions that occur due to habitual processes?); and even in the philosophy of biology (what role do habitual or epigenetic processes play in heredity?). We invite scholars to submit symposium and individual paper proposals on topics related to habit from any period of the history of philosophy. We would like to include a broad spectrum of views on habit, and welcome papers on philosophers and/or areas of philosophy not traditionally represented.

If the author wishes, revised versions of accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in the volume Habit and the History of Philosophy to be published by Routledge.

Proposal submission Deadline: December 31st 2017
Decision by January 31st 2018

3 Postdocs (Louvain)

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PhilAnd ERC project (2017-2022): announcement of 3 post-doc positions at the Université catholique de Louvain

We are pleased to announce that 3 post-doc positions are now on offer at the Université catholique de Louvain as part of the ERC Advanced project 740618: «The origin and early development of philosophy in tenth-century al-Andalus: the impact of ill-defined materials and channels of transmission» (2017-2022).

PhilAnd is a five-year Advanced ERC project to start in October 2017 at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) under the supervision of Prof. Godefroid de Callataÿ. The objective of PhilAnd is to conduct a large-scale exploration of how, and under which form, philosophy appeared for the first time in al-Andalus. At the crossroads of several major lines of enquiries in modern scholarship and in line with recent discoveries having important chronological implications, PhilAnd focuses on the 10th century, a period usually disregarded by historians on the assumption that philosophy as such was not cultivated in the Iberian Peninsula before the 11th-12th centuries. Its originality is also to put emphasis on ‘ill-defined’ materials and channels of transmission, a field which remains largely unexplored. PhilAnd will be conducted in partnership with the Warburg Institute (University of London). 

As part of this project, three post-doc positions of three years each (to start from 2 January 2018) are offered at the UCL in relation with the three following sub-projects (SP):

1) the Ikhwān al-afā’: This SP will aim at producing a comprehensive survey of all the elements which are likely to inform us about the chronology of redaction and – where applicable – of introduction into al-Andalus of the three works that have commonly been ascribed in sources to this most influential group of thinkers known as Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’ (‘The Brethren of Purity’), namely: a) the Rasā’il (‘the Epistles’); b) the Risāla Jāmi‘a (‘The Comprehensive Epistle’) and, c) the Risāla Jāmi‘at al-Jāmi‘a (‘The Super-Comprehensive Epistle’). This chronology is currently far from clear.

2) Ibn Washiyya and the Nabatean Corpus: This SP aims to evaluate the impact of the Filāḥa Nabaṭiyya (‘The Nabatean Agriculture’), a complex and enigmatic Arabic treatise on agriculture written in the Orient, on the development of both Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonism in al-Andalus from the 10th to the 12th century. The focus will be on the reception of the ‘philosophical’ and bāṭinī (rather than agronomical) aspects of the work, with the aim of understanding why this notoriously esoteric work remained so influential even to Jewish thinkers like Judah Halevi and Maimonides.

3) Ibn Masarra: This SP will lead to the first monograph entirely devoted to Ibn Masarra’s Kitāb khawāṣṣ al-ḥurūf (‘The Book of the Properties of Letters’), consisting of an extensively annotated translation of this mystical treatise, together with an in-depth exploration of its place in the history of ‘ilm al-ḥurūf, the Islamic science of letters – including its links with the Jewish Kabbala – up to the time of Ibn ‘Arabī. This will fill an important gap and provide a valuable resource for the study of Islamic mysticism in al-Andalus.

The qualifications required for any of these sub-projects are:

  1. a PhD in Islamic Studies, in Middle Eastern Studies, or related fields;
  2. an excellent command of Classical Arabic (the knowledge of additional languages such as ancient Greek, Latin and in particular Hebrew is considered an advantage);
  3. a first-rate track record and research experience;
  4. publications of articles in peer-reviewed international journals or monographs with recognized academic publishers;
  5. academic writing and presentation skills in English (the working language of the project);
  6. the ability to work both individually and as part of a team.
These three post-doc positions are full-time equivalent. They are offered for a period of 12 months, renewable twice (three years in total) upon good performance. The post-docs retained will be required to reside in Belgium for the whole period of their fellowship. They will be asked to contribute to the intellectual life of the ERC project and of the UCL.

How to apply?

Applications should be made via pdf files and contain the following:
(1) a cover letter setting out the candidate’s qualifications and motivation for applying for one of the three positions offered (maximum 2 pages);
(2) a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);
(3) a list of publications;
(4) two samples of published work (articles, chapters) in pdf (preferably in English);
(5) a transcript of grades and/or copy of the PhD certificate;
(6) the name (with title, affiliation and email) of four people who have accepted to be contacted as potential referees.

Applications should be made electronically and sent to the following address:
The application deadline is 10 November 2017
Interviews will be arranged between 4 and 6 December 2017. 
Candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted by mid-November 2017, and asked to write a short research design on a topic to be announced at that moment. 
Employment should become effective from 2 January 2018.

Do not hesitate to circulate this announcement widely around you.

Claudio Leonardi Fellowship

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The Claudio Leonardi Fellowship of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation for Medieval Latin Studies has been established to support scholarship in Medieval Latin Studies – in particular, research by young scholars – with a grant-in-aid in honor of Claudio Leonardi (1926-2010), founder and first President of the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (S.I.S.M.E.L.).

The grant will allow one scholar (doctoral or postdoctoral candidate) to spend a period of three to six months abroad pursuing research in his/her chosen field with a monthly stipend of 2,500 Swiss francs. In addition, the recipient may make use of an additional subsidy of 3,000 Swiss francs toward the cost of publication of his/her doctoral thesis or posdoctoral research on condition that the print publication indicate foundation support («published with the support of the Zeno Karl Schindler-Stiftung»)

Applications should be submitted by September 15, 2017, via email to: Prof. Jean- Yves Tilliette, Langue et littérature latines médiévales, Université de Genève (Jean- Applications will then be submitted to the Governing Board of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation for evaluation during its fall meeting. The final decision will be communicated until the end of 2017.

During the annual S.I.S.M.E.L. General Assembly – which will be held in 2018, on March 24 – the winner will be given the opportunity to present a fifteen minute lecture on his/her research project.

The Applicant should include

– a curriculum vitae and a list of publications

– the description of the research project

– a scientific justification of the sojourn abroad

– for which duration the fellowship is needed (3 or 6 months).

The Application may be written in English, French, German or Italian.

PhDs & Postdoc

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4 Research positions (3 PhDs, 1 Postdoc) in the NWO VICI-Project Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages (400-1100)

The VICI-project Citizenship discourses in the early Middle Ages, 400-1100 searches for three PhDs and one Postdoc.
The project is based at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, and runs from 2017-2022 (
Starting date: 1 March 2018
Deadline for application: 12 October 2017
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Fellowship (UCLA)

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2018 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships

The UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs and other audiovisual materials, oral history interviews, and other items in the humanities and social sciences; medical, life and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history.

The Fellowships

James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships

Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any collections administered by UCLA Library Special Collections. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500 and vary yearly; grants in 2016 averaged $1,770 and in 2017 averaged $1,500. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer.

Barbara Rootenberg Short-term Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences

The Rootenberg fellowship promotes the use of materials in History & Special Collections for the Sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. One annual fellowship is awarded in the amount of $1,000. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship in UCLA Library Special Collections

The Karmiole fellowship supports the use of UCLA Library Special Collections materials by visiting scholars and graduate students. One annual fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to allow scholars to pursue research lasting from one to three months. The award is funded by an endowment established by Kenneth Karmiole, an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller who earned his master’s degree in library science from UCLA in 1971. Information and application details are available at .

R.B. Kitaj Fellowship

The Kitaj fellowship will allow scholars to pursue research lasting up to two months in UCLA Library Special Collections. One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $2,500. The R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship award is funded by the R.B. Kitaj Studio Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the legacy of American painter R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). The fellowship was initiated to encourage research into and creative work inspired by Kitaj, an internationally renowned painter and intellectual. Born in Ohio, Kitaj spent much of his career in London, where he was a key participant in what is known as the “School of London.” He spent the last decade of his life in Los Angeles. In addition to a rich body of artwork, Kitaj left behind a large collection of papers and musings, now housed at UCLA Library Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library. Kitaj Research Fellow awardees are expected to be in residence at UCLA Library Special Collections and to make use of the R.B. Kitaj Papers (Collection 1741). Information and application details are available at

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books

Ahmanson Fellowships support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships provide $2,500 per month for up to three months. Administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, this program requires an application separate from that for Thayer, Rootenberg, Karmiole, and Kitaj fellowships, and delivered to a different address; information is available on the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center’s website at .


Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last up to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018.

Karmiole Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018.  Information and application details are available at:

Kitaj Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and August 31, 2018.  Information and application details are available at:

Ahmanson Fellowships:  United States and international graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applications are due March 1, 2018; research residencies may last up to three months between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Information and application details are available at: .

Application Contents and Instructions for Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships

Researchers can submit a single application for “Short-term Research Fellowships” in order to be considered for either the Thayer or Rootenberg fellowships. Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2017.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
  • Dates to be spent in residence
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.

Application materials for the Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships, including letters of recommendation, may be submitted in PDF format by email to .  Letters of recommendation in PDF format can also be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.

Research Grant

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(Deadline 30 September 2017) 

The National Edition of Medieval Latin Texts of Italy (Edizione nazionale dei testi mediolatini d’Italia – ENTMI), was established by Article 4, Law of 23 September 2011 n. 169, with the purpose of curating critical editions of Latin texts written in Italy between the fifth and fifteenth centuries. 

In order to support the research necessary to prepare critical editions, ENTMI offers a post-doctoral research grant for a scholar who at the time of application is not employed (including fixed-term or permanent contracts, in the public or private sector), holds no research grant at the doctoral or post-doctoral level, and has no equivalent source of income. The research grant is intended to fund the completion of a critical edition of a text that falls within the scope of ENTMI and will subsequently be published by ENTMI. 

The amount of the grant is € 20,000.00 euros (twenty-thousand euros/00), inclusive of legal obligations. It is one year long in duration, and awarded exclusively for the completion of a work of edition that has already been started. The project of edition must fulfill the following criteria: high quality, substantial, and feasible. The grant is allocated in four trimestrial instalments, based on the starting date. The administrative management of the grant is carried out by the Società internazionale per lo studio del Medioevo latino (S.I.S.M.E.L.) on behalf of ENTMI, in accordance with the agreement of 20 January 2017. 

Applications must be received at the email address by 30 September 2017 at the latest, together with the following supporting documents: 

curriculum vitae, including name, address, and title of doctoral research project; 

– a plan for the edition with an indication of current stage of progress, a timetable for completion of the work, and materials already produced in connection with the planned edition; 

– a letter of presentation from a respected scholar in the field of medieval Latin; 

– self-certification in which the applicant states that he or she is not bound by an employment contract, whether fixed-term or permanent, for a public or private sector employer, nor in possession of a research grant or doctoral/post-doctoral grant, nor in receipt of any equivalent source of income. 

The application and supporting documents, which must be furnished in digital form only, can be written in Italian, French, English, Spanish, or German. In addition to the application and supporting documents, on which the project will be evaluated, applicants may submit, if they wish, a hardcopy of their publications and doctoral thesis, to the following address: 

Edizione nazionale dei testi mediolatini d’Italia c/o SISMEL, 

via Montebello 7, I-50123 Firenze. 

Publications ENTMI receives will not be returned. They will be transferred to the ENTMI collection at the Library of Medieval Culture at S.I.S.M.E.L for conservation and consultation. 

The recipient of the grant will be chosen based on an evaluation carried out by a commission made up of three members nominated by ENTMI’s Scientific Board. 

The grant will be conferred on the condition of: 1) carrying out the edition, 2) submission of progress reports every three months, 3) delivery, by the end of the year, of a completed critical edition. 

When the grant is awarded, ENTMI’s Scientific Board will nominate a reviewer for the edition, who will follow the work of the grant recipient towards the completion of the edition. The grant allocation may be interrupted if the Scientific Board of ENTMI judges the work insufficient, on the basis of the designated reviewer’s report. The grant may be interrupted at any phase of the work, but will not entail reimbursement of funds already allocated. 

In the case of verified, temporary obstacles to carrying out the work that do not depend on the will of the grantee, ENTMI’s Scientific Board may decide to defer the deadline for submission of the critical edition, for up to twelve months, with a corresponding suspension of the allocation of funds. At the end of the postponement, the Scientific Board will evaluate the conditions for the completion of the work. 

If upon receipt of the submitted work the Scientific Board, on the advice of the designated reviewer, decides not to approve the work for publication, the grant recipient will be informed of the final deadline, established by the Board, for carrying out the necessary modifications on the basis of the criteria indicated by the designated reviewer. Once this deadline has been reached, the Scientific Board will take a final decision on whether to publish the work in the ENTMI imprint. Should the work not be published, allocated funds will not have to be returned.