Issue 3.1 of History of Humanities!


Issue 3.1 of “History of Humanities” is now online.

The issue contains a highly interesting Forum section on ‘The Two Cultures’, which questions the very existence of the divide between the sciences and the humanities in two ways. On the one hand the contributions to the forum reveal shared epistemic practices, on the other hand they demonstrate that interpretations of the divide vary over time and hence have to be understood with reference to specific historical contexts and particular aims. After the Forum Rik Peels continues the debate by offering a philosophical perspective on the pursuit of epistemic values in both the sciences and the humanities. Next to this there are three papers which contribute to the study of the circulation of knowledge, one that focuses on the circulation of German linguistics in Eastern Europe, one that focuses on the role of intellectual ambassadors and one that studies the role of paratexts in history books.

Finally this issue contains no less than 16 book reviews on all aspects of the history of the humanities!

We hope you enjoy this issue!

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

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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.