Intellectual History Summer School 2017

04 September 2017–07 September 2017, 12:00 am–12:00 am

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Graduate students from any institution are invited to apply for this year's Intellectual History Summer School, jointly hosted by UCL and Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). The school, which will run this year from 4 to 7 September and will be hosted at UCL's main Bloomsbury campus, offers graduate students a rare opportunity to acquire further training in the discipline of intellectual history and its different methodologies. 

Applications are welcome both from current doctoral students in intellectual history and related disciplines (the histories of philosophy, literature, politics, and science) and from MA students hoping to conduct future research in these fields.

What to expect

The summer school will include:

  • Special workshops
  • Masterclasses
  • Feedback on students' research
  • Advice on writing and publishing
  • Discussion of recently published work in intellectual history

Keynote lectures will be delivered by:

  • Ann Thomson (European University Institute, Florence), on 'Enlightenment anticolonialism? Raynal, Diderot and L'Histoire des Deux-Indes'
  • Quentin Skinner (QMUL), on 'Machiavelli and the virtues of the prince'

You can find out more about students' experience of a previous summer school by visiting the UCL History blog.

Logistics and fees

The summer school starts on the evening of Monday 4 September and ends on the afternoon of Thursday 7 September 2017. It will take place at the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury and students will be charged a participation fee of £185. This will cover tuition, lunches, and an evening reception on the first day. Those who require accommodation during the course can book a room in one of the UCL Halls of Residence from £52.50 per night.

How to apply

The deadline for applications has now been extended to 28 July 2017. To apply, please send a CV and a brief abstract of current or future research to Shiru Lim (s.lim.10@ucl.ac.uk) by this date.

Summer school faculty

Discussions will be led by staff from across the University of London and overseas. Past summer school faculty have included Richard Bourke, Katrina Forrester, Gareth Stedman-Jones and Georgios Varouxakis (QMUL), Hannah Dawson, Jeremy Jennings and Niall O'Flaherty (KCL), Michael Lobban and Lea Ypi (LSE), as well as Valentina Arena, Angus Gowland, Julian Hoppit, Axel Körner, and Ari Lifschitz (UCL). Staff from outside the University of London have included David Armitage (Harvard), Donald Winch and Iain McDaniel (Sussex), Richard Whatmore (St Andrews), Duncan Kelly (Cambridge), Felicity Green (Edinburgh), Iain Hampsher-Monk (Exeter), Martin van Gelderen (Göttingen), and Knud Haakonssen (Erfurt).