Call for Papers and Panels ‘The Making of the Humanities VII’

Call for Papers and Panels

The Making of the Humanities VII

University of Amsterdam, CREA Facilities, The Netherlands

15-17 November, 2018

‘The Making of the Humanities’ conference returns to Amsterdam! This is the place where the conference series started in 2008, 10 years ago. The University of Amsterdam will host the 7th Making of the Humanities conference at its CREA facilities, from 15 till 17 November 2018.


Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences

The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.

We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilisations. Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers, which, when accepted, will compete for the annual Best Graduate Student Paper Award.

Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, and so on, but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

Keynote Speakers
Arianna Betti, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wang Hui, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Irina Podgorny, National University of La Plata, Argentina

Paper Submissions

Abstracts of single papers (30 minutes including discussion) should contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting abstracts, see the submission page.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2018

Notification of acceptance: July 2018

Panel Submissions

Panels last 1.5 to 2 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers and possibly a commentary on a coherent theme including discussion. Panel proposals should contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, full contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short (150 words) description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 250 words. For more information about submitting panels, see the submission page.

Deadline for panel proposals: 1 June 2018

Notification of acceptance: July 2018

Conference Fee

The conference fee will be 150 Euro for regular participants and 120 Euro for PhD students. The fee includes access to all sessions, access to the welcoming reception, simple lunches and tea and/or coffee during the breaks.

MoH International Committee

Rens Bod (U. of Amsterdam), Hent de Vries (NYU), Shamil Jeppie (U. of Capetown), Julia Kursell (U. of Amsterdam), Fenrong Liu (Tsinghua U.), Jaap Maat (U. of Amsterdam), Helen Small (U. of Oxford), Thijs Weststeijn (Utrecht U.)




Issue 2.2 of “History of Humanities” has been published

Publication Cover

Issue 2.2 of “History of Humanities” is now online. 

The issue contains a Forum section on the “Origins of Musical Disciplines”, as well as five research articles: on the “History of Knowledge in the Age of Transition”, on “Otto Jespersen’s “Progress in Language””, on “The Dante of Alessandro Torri”, on “Gendered Philology”, and on “The Comparative Method in the Modern Humanities”. And not to forget: 13 book reviews on all aspects of the history of the humanities.


MOH VI Oxford 2017, a brief conference report


We can all look back on what proved to be a very stimulating conference in Oxford. Next to three keynote lectures, there were over 120 papers presented during the conference spread over 32 sessions, covering the history of the humanities from all continents. We thank all participants for their contributions. We also thank the local organizers Helen Small and Hampus Östh Gustafsson who, basically on their own, did an admirable job of making all things run smoothly.

Christopher Bahl receives the graduate paper award

For the second time a prize of 500 Euro was awarded for the best Graduate Student paper. Out of 37 graduate papers Christopher Bahl (University of London) was selected as the winner for his paper “The Shaping of a Transoceanic Reading Community of Arabic Philological Texts.”

Here is also a personal impression of the conference by one of the participants.

We encourage all participants to submit their papers, presented at the conference, to our journal History of Humanities. Looking forward to 2018 we are happy to announce the venue and date for The Making of Humanities VII conference: it will be held in Beijing (China), Tsinghua University, from 29-31 August, 2018. The Call for Papers will be posted soon.

More pictures of the event:

succesful session on interactions between disciplines
succesful session on interactions between disciplines
St. Luke's Chapel
St. Luke’s Chapel
conference dinner
Helen Small’s speech during the conference dinner at Somerville College
enjoyable reception in the garden of Ertegun House
enjoyable reception in the garden of Ertegun House
garden reception
garden reception
analysis of all contributions
digital analysis of all MOH contributions by Rens Bod


MOH VI final conference booklet and travel information

The final programme and the conference booklet of the Making of the Humanities VI conference in Oxford can be accessed here.

Registration will take place in the Flora Anderson Hall at Somerville College (this will be clearly signed once you reach the college). Please note that the registration desk will open at 8.15 am on 28 September.  There will also be a detailed map with the conference rooms available at registration.

The address is:  Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HD

For anyone who wishes to come on foot from the centre of town, the college is easily walkable from the city centre. Follow St Giles until it becomes the Banbury Rd (the right hand road of the two that fork off from St Giles at its northern end). Go left there and continue on Woodstock Road. You will find Somerville on the left c. 200m on from the corner of St Giles and Little Clarendon St.

Click here for travel information about how to get to Oxford.

We look much forward to what promises to be an exciting and stimulating conference!