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Lisa Jardine Research Grant awarded to Alexander Stoeger

Project member Alexander Stoeger has been awarded the Lisa Jardine Research Grant of the Royal Society to exploit History of Science collections in Great Britain and exchange with experts in the field. He will spend two months at the Royal Society archives in London starting mid-May to investigate the referee reports for the Philosophical Transactions between 1831 and 1941. Afterwards, he will present his findings at the annual conference of… Read More »Lisa Jardine Research Grant awarded to Alexander Stoeger

Call for participation: Workshop “Appealing to Authorities”

On Friday 1 July 2022, the workshop “Appealing to Authorities” will take place in Leiden at the Hortus Botanicus. The workshop is organised in the framework of the research project Scholarly Vices: A Longue Durée History, funded by the Dutch Research Council. (Please see the link to the application form below.) The interactive one-day workshop aims to bring together scholars who are interested in the question of (scholarly) authority, including,… Read More »Call for participation: Workshop “Appealing to Authorities”

Mingqi Kuang joins the Scholarly Vices team

For the coming year, Mingqi Kuang (Beijing Normal University) will be part of the Scholarly Vices project as a visiting PhD Scholar. Mingqi is excited about visiting Leiden University and joining the team: “It’s my great pleasure to visit Leiden University, which has a Longue Durée History in oriental studies. During my time in Leiden, I will do historical research on twentieth-century studies on Zhang Xuecheng, a complicated and highly… Read More »Mingqi Kuang joins the Scholarly Vices team

Visiting PhD Scholar Marie-Gabrielle Verbergt looks back at four weeks in Leiden

Between the 21st of February and 18th of March 2022, Marie-Gabrielle Verbergt (Ghent University) spent four weeks as a visiting PhD scholar with the “Scholarly Vices – A Longue Durée History” team at the Institute for History in Leiden. Her own dissertation project deals with the history of European-level funding for historical research between the 1970s and today (expected defense in November 2023). Among other cases, Marie-Gabrielle looks at the… Read More »Visiting PhD Scholar Marie-Gabrielle Verbergt looks back at four weeks in Leiden

Gerda Henkel Fellowship awarded to Anne Por

Project member Anne Por has been awarded the Gerda Henkel Fellowship for the History of Knowledge and History of Science. The fellowship will allow for three months of research as part of the IZEA (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung) at the University of Halle. Anne will start her research on sequential learning ideologies and practices, using among others the university archives, in June.

Book chapter on the history of “humility”

In December, Anne Por and Herman Paul published a chapter titled ‘Humility and Modesty in the Early Modern German University: Student Instruction at Halle around 1700’ in the volume Representations of Humility and the Humble (edited by Silvia Negri). The abstract of their chapter reads as follows: “Humility and modesty meant different things to hodegetics teachers like August Hermann Francke and Christian Thomasius. Their different conceptions of humility and modesty corresponded to different views… Read More »Book chapter on the history of “humility”

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What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad?

On November 26th, our project member Sjang ten Hagen presented his historical research on virtues and vices during the two-day conference “What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad?: Intellectual Virtues and Vices in the History of Philosophy?.” The conference was organized by Lukas Verburgt and included Quassim Cassam, Adeshina Afolayan, Michael Beaney, and Lisa Shapiro as keynote speakers (see below for the entire programme). The aim of the conference was… Read More »What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad?

The History of Academic Work Pressure

Scholarly virtues and vices figured prominently in a symposium on the history of academic work pressure, held in Leiden on October 8, 2021. A Dutch-language report on the symposium can be found here and here. Interviews with the organizers, Dirk van Miert and Herman Paul, appeared in Historisch Nieuwsblad and Mare.

Will Climate Change Fuel Changes for Geology Departments?

by Dr Andrew Hopkins, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London In May 2021 the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that transitioning to net zero carbon by 2050 would mean no new oil or gas fields could be developed.[1] Not only did this put the oil industry’s future firmly in the spotlight, the warning also posed searching questions for many geology and engineering departments at… Read More »Will Climate Change Fuel Changes for Geology Departments?

Inaugural address

On June 28, Herman Paul held his inaugural address as Professor of the History of the Humanities at Leiden University. In the address, titled “Kritisch denken: over het ethos van de geesteswetenschappen”, the case of “critical thinking” was used to illustrate what a longue durée, comparative history of the humanities might look like – and what we can learn from such historical projects. The address, in Dutch, can be read below.