The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

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IASH Research Symposium on Enlightenment Thinking

We invite you to join us at this research event featuring new work by visiting scholars from the Center for Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota, the Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment at Oxford University, and the Eighteenth-Century Centre at the University of Warwick.

IASH seeks to appoint an Associate Professor and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor and a

Launch of UQ’s new Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)

August 4 will see the commencement of a new research institute devoted to humanities research. Supported by strategic funding from the UQ Senior Executive and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the new institute will initially encompass ...

CHED Public Seminar - 'Living and Dying for Ideas'

CHED Public Seminar on May 21, 2015, will be presented by Costica Bradatan from Texas Tech University. For talk abstract and event details, please click here.

Emeritus Prof. Ian Hunter awarded prestigious John Burrow Prize

Emeritus Prof. Ian Hunter has been awarded the prestigious

CHED Public Seminar - "'A pretty kind of fiend or pygmie devil": Classifying the Fairies in Early Modern Europe'

CHED Public Seminar on Thursday May 14, 2015, will be presented by Michael Ostling from the University of Queensland. For talk abstract and event details, please click here.

CHED Public Seminar - 'Knowledge Stories: Narratives of Popular Science after WWII'

CHED Public seminar on May 7, 2015, will be presented by Joan Leach from The University of Queensland. For talk abstract and event details, please click here.

Professor Peter Harrison Publishes New Book : 'The Territories of Science and Religion'

Peter Harrison's 2011 Gifford Lectur...

CHED Public Seminar - ' "Physica Peregrinans, or the Travelling Naturalist": Robert Boyle, his Informants and the Role of the Exotic in late 17th-century Natural Philosophy'

CHED Public Seminar on April 16, 2015 will be presented by Michael Hunter from Birkbeck, University of London. For talk, abstract and event details, please click here.

CHED Public Seminar - 'Dangerous Minds: Contested Narratives of Criminal Profiling'

CHED Public Seminar on April 2, 2015 will be presented by Heather Wolffram from University of Canterbury. For talk, abstract and event details, please click here.

Emeritus Prof. Ian Hunter awarded prestigious Villum Foundation Visiting Professorship

CHED Emeritus Prof. Ian Hunter has just been awarded a prestigious Villum Foundation Visiting Professorship. The Villum Foundation is a private Danish research foundation that supports the arts and academic research. Ian’s visiting professorsh...

CHED Public Seminar - '"American's Ongoing Anti-Evolution Crusade": An Evolving Narrative'

CHED Public Seminar on March 12, 2015, will be presented by Ed Larson from Pepperdine University. For talk abstract and event details, please click here.

CHED Public Seminar - The Object of Normality: Composite Statues of the Statistically Average American Man and Woman, 1890 - 1945

This Thursday's CHED Public Seminar will be presented by Elizabeth Stephens. For talk abstract and event details please click here.

CHED Public Seminar Series: Histories of Science - Narratives and Boundaries

4pm Thursday (selected dates) during Semester 1. Forgan Smith Building, Level 4 Seminar Room.

Upcoming Conference: Rethinking Intellectual History, University of Sydney, 7 - 9 April 2015

CHED is a co-sponsor the Sydney Intellectual History Network's next conference.

Peter Harrison on Science and Religion in Europe: A Historical Perspective

Click the link for a discussion with CHED director Peter Harrison on Science and Religion in Europe: A Historical...

CHED seeks to appoint two Postdoctoral Fellows to work with Professor Peter Harrison on his ARC Laureate Fellowship.

Applications for the five year positions close on 26 October.

Public lecture - Professor Paul Davies

    'The Origin and End of the Universe'

'Exploring the Territories of Science and Religion' - A New College Lecture Series presented by Prof Peter Harrison

9 -11 September 2014, New College, UNSW

A Critical Genealogy of Normality Workshop - 12 December 2014 - Wellcome Institute London

  On 12 December 2014, Peter Cryle and

ARC grant application workshop for Cultural Studies projects 2013 - Monday December 10 2012

         

BrisScience - UQ Research Week public lecture - Professor Peter Harrison (UQ)

   Monday 17th September  

CHED Seminar Series 2013 - Semester 1

  Secularization is commonly understood as definitive of Western modernity, and is associated with its most prized poss...

CHED Symposium - The Aesthetics of Scale: Emerging Trends in Historical Narrative - Friday 11 July 2014

 

CHED-IRC Conference - Evolution and Historical Explanation: Contingency, Convergence, and Teleology - 17-19 July 2014 St Anne's College, Oxford

 

CHED/History Public Seminar Series 2014 Semester 2 - History between Art and Science - Thursdays 4:00-5:00 Seminar Room, Level 4 Forgan Smith

 

Congratulations to CHED Director Peter Harrison, who on 22 August was announced as one of sixteen ARC Laureate Fellows

  On the 22nd of August, Prof Peter Harrison, was awarded 1 of the 16 Australian Research Council Laureate ...

Dr Knox Peden awarded a prestigious UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award for 2013

   

Early Modern Literature Forum - "Painful Love in a Dominican Nun's Autograph" - Dr Johannes Depnering (Oxford) - 4pm Wednesday 2 July 2014

 

Go8 European Fellowship

Dr Sorana Corneanu, named as the university's Go8 European Fellow for 2012.

Grant from The Faraday Institute, Cambridge

Peter Harrison has recevied a grant to fund a project entitled Evolution, Athesim and Mass Persuasion:  The Uses and Abuses of Biology in New Atheist Propraganda for GBP120,000 (AUD185,000).   

History between Art and Science - "'Emotional Arenas': A New Concept for Historicizing Emotions" - Dr Mark Seymour (Otago) - Thursday 16 October 4:00-5:30

 

History between Art and Science - "Colonial Knowledge Making" - Prof Tony Ballantyne (Otago) - Thursday 11 September 4:00-5:30

 

History between Art and Science - "Intimacy, Gossip and Family in the Scottish Aristocratic Household" - Dr Katie Barclay (Adelaide) - Thursday 25 September 4:00-5:30

 

History between Art and Science - "Novatores: Novelty and its Critics in Early Modern Religion and Natural Philosophy' - Prof Daniel Garber (Princeton) - Thursday 21 August 4:00-5:30

 

History between Art and Science - "Reassessing Newton's Alchemy" - Prof William R. Newman (Indiana) - Thursday 4 September 4:00-5:30

 

History between Art and Science - "Wonder Books, Religious Conflict, and Cultural Recycling in Early Modern Europe" - Dr Jenny Spinks (Manchester) - Thursday 14 August 4:00-5:30

 

History on a Grand Scale - 'Analogy and Natural History: Another Look at Kant and Herder's Dispute' - Dr Dalia Nassar (Sydney) - Thursday 27 March 4:00-5:30

 

History on a Grand Scale - 'Early Modern Cosmopolites and Modern Cosmopolitics' - Dr Leigh Penman (UQ) - Thursday 3 April 4:00-5:30

 

History on a Grand Scale - 'The Natural History of Aesthetics' - Dr Thomas H. Ford (Melbourne) - Thursday 1 May 4:00-5:30

 

History on a Grand Scale - 'The Necessity and Contingency of Universal History: Deleuze and Guattari contra Hegel' - Dr Craig Lundy (Wollongong) - Thursday 15 May 4:00-5:30

 

History on a Grand Scale - 'The Return of Natural History' - Dr Ian Hesketh (UQ) - Thursday 17 April 4:00-5:30

 

Intellectual History and modernity - 'Early Modern Science and the Virtues of the Mind' Dr Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest)

  Thursday September 27, 4.00 – 5.30pm

Intellectual History and Modernity - 'Philosophy and/or Science: the Physics in Metaphysics and the Metaphysics in Physics' Associate Professor Phil Dowe (HPRC)

  Thursday August 30, 4.00 – 5.30pm

Intellectual History and Modernity - 'Science, Religion and the 18th Century Alantic Republic of letters' Dr Sarah Irving (UWS)

  Thursday September 13, 4.00 – 5.30pm CCCS Sem...

Intellectual History and Modernity - Semester 2 Seminar Series 2012

Ludwig Hirschfield Mack Visiting Chair

Simon During is now in this prestigious position at the Freie-Universität, Berlin until July 2012.

Narratives of Secularisation - The History of Political Thought as Secular Genealogy: The Case of Liberty in Early Modern England - Professor Conal Condren (UNSW)

    Thursday April 18, 2013   4.00...

Narratives of Secularization - 'Is Secularity Possible?' - Prof Simon During (UQ) - Thursday 6 June 2013

Podcast: Part 1 Part 2

Narratives of Secularization - 'Public Reason Liberalism' - Prof Jerry Gaus (Arizona) - Thursday May 23, 2013

Podcast: Part 1 

Narratives of Secularization - 'Secularization: Cartographic Sketches of a Modern Combat Concept' - Ian Hunter (CHED) - Thursday May 9, 2013

Podcast: Part 1 Part 2 

Narratives of Secularization - 'The Historical Jesus in Victorian Britain: J. R. Seeley and the Controversy of Ecce Homo' - Ian Hesketh (CHED)

  Thursday April 4, 2013 

New Perspectives on the Early Modern - 'Passionate Knowledge: The Dilemmas and Anxieties that Shaped Modern Science' Associate Professor Ofer Gal (Sydney)

New Perspectives on the Early Modern - 'The "Death" of the Devil in Early Modern Thought' Professor Philip Almond (UQ)

  Thursday August 15, 4pm CCCS Seminar Room, Level 4, Forgan Smith Building  

New Perspectives on the Early Modern - 'Historiographies of the International: The Balance of Power in Histories of the European States System' - Associate Professor Richard Devetak(UQ) - Thursday 10 October 4:00-5:30

 

New Perspectives on the Early Modern - 'Universal Acid: Evolutionary Theory, Literature, and the Limits of a Cognitive Metaphor' - Professor Nicholas Saul (Durham) - Thursday 19 September 4:00-5:30

 

New Perspectives on the Early Modern - Love in the '90s: Shakespeare on Romantic Misapprehension' - Dr Rhodri Lewis (Oxford)

 

Public Lecture - The Battle-Fields of Science and Religion - Professor Ronald L. Numbers (UW-Madison) Tuesday 8 July 2014 6:30 pm

 

Public Seminar Series 2012 'The Two Cultures' - May 17 2012, Dr Elizabeth Stephens (UQ)

  ‘Flesh sculpture and techno-sensoria: moving form laboratory to gallery’      

Public Seminar Series Semester 1 2014 -' History on a Grand Scale: Philosophical and Theoretical Approaches'

Calls for a “global” perspective in the humanities have increased in recent years, as have new efforts to further integrate modes of humanistic inquiry with scientific approaches to the past, from the biological to the geological. The ra...

Seminar Series

Current Seminar Series Histories of Science: Narrative and Boundaries - 2015 Semester 1 Past Seminar Series

Summer Scholarships at CHED--Deadline 30 August 2014

During the summer break of 2014/2015 (1 December – 31 January) the Centre for the History of European Discourses (CHED) will offer two eight-week Summer Scholarships to promising UQ Arts students who have completed two or more years of study, ...

Symposium - The Art and Science of Synthetic Biology: Critical and Creative Perspectives on 'New Life' - Thursday 22nd November

        

The University of Oxford has awarded a DLitt to Prof. Peter Harrison, the Centre's Director.

       

Two grants awarded from The Historical Society, Boston

  Peter Harrison has been successful in being awarded two grants from The Historical Society in Boston.  The first grant ($75,000), with ...

Upcoming Public Lecture: Professor Brad S Gregory - 'The Reformation Era and the Makings of Modernity'

Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building Thursday 13 November, 6:30-8:15pm

Visiting Fellowship at Clare College Cambridge UK

Professor Simon During has been appointed to a visiting Fellowship at Clare College from the beginning of September 2012 until January 2013.

Evolution and Progress: An Uneasy Symbiosis - A Public Lecture by Professor Michael Ruse (FSU) - Monday 17 June 2013

As part of the "Science, Progress and History" project, Professor ...

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