Shiru Lim

Shiru is a final-year PhD candidate at UCL History. Her current research, funded by a UCL Graduate Research Scholarship and Overseas Research Scholarship, examines ideas of philosophical kingship in the correspondence that Frederick II and Catherine II maintained with the philosophes. Her principal research interests are in early modern European intellectual history and political thought. She also maintains broader philosophical interests in theories of meaning and historical explanation.


Supervisor: Avi Lifschitz and Simon Dixon
Working title: 'Philosophical Kingship in Enlightenment Europe: Frederick II, Catherine II, and their correspondence with the philosophes'
Expected completion date: 2018


Conference papers and presentations

  • 'Frederick the Great and the philosophes on philosophy, truth, and politics', History of Political Ideas early career seminar, Institute of Historical Research (IHR), London, March 2017
  • 'Frederick II, Men of Letters, and European Publics, c.1740-1790', Thirteenth Workshop on Early German History, German Historical Institute, London, May 2016.
  • 'Is it useful to deceive the people? Frederick the Great and Jean Le Rond d'Alembert on philosophical kingship', DAAD-Cambridge New Habsburg Network Studies seminar, University of Cambridge, November 2015.
  • 'Speech act theory and Frederick II, Catherine II, and Stanisław August Pontiatowski's correspondence with men of letters', Methodology in Question, International PhD Conference in the History of Science and Ideas, University of Stockholm, November 2014.

Conference organisation

  • Organising committee, Fractured States, 8th annual London postgraduate conference in the History of Political Thought, June 2017
  • Organising committee, Imagined Worlds, 7th annual London postgraduate conference in the History of Political Thought, June 2016