The society for the history of human thought 

A global community of scholars since 1994.

The International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH) organises regular international conferences, publishes the Intellectual History Review, supports Early Career Researchers and publishes news from across the field.

We embrace a wide variety of approaches, methods, and disciplinary perspectives and are truly international in our membership. Join today!

What is intellectual history?

Intellectual history is the study of ideas and intellectual patterns over time.

It is a broad subject, addressing the history of philosophy, religion, science, scholarship, anthropology, technology, the book, psychology and the social sciences, and other relevant intellectual formations.

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Why join the Society?

If you are working in the history of philosophy, theology, and scholarship; the history of science, medicine, and technology; the history of legal and political thought; the history of literature, the visual arts, and music…then ISIH is for you!

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Latest news

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  • Online event: Women in Nineteenth Century Philosophy

    27 March – 8 May 2024, Organised by Alison Stone (Lancaster) The seminar series on Women in Nineteenth Century Philosophy draws together scholarship rediscovering women philosophers from nineteenth-century Britain who have been unjustly left out of the philosophical canon. The talks introduce these women and their thinking on such topics as feminism, animals, metaphysics, religion,…

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  • CFP: Ideas of Europe and Images of Russia: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present

    XV Annual Conference of the Research Network on the History of Idea of Europe University of East Anglia, School of History – Norwich 19 – 21 June 2024 The geo-cultural relationship between Europe and Russia has been a source of intrigue for scholars, historians, philosophers, novelists, and politicians since at least the late seventeenth century.…

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  • CFP: Socialist Ideas of Europe in the World 1871-1968

    June 14th, 2024 – London School of Economics – Sir Arthur Lewis Building – SAL.LG.04 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Professor Donald Sassoon (QMUL) CALL FOR PAPERS: Can Socialism survive without an international(ist) vision? Can such a shared vision even exist? The issue of a distinct left-wing international thought seems relatively overlooked in contemporary academic work and politics, with…

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  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships – Call for expressions of Interest and training camp at Tallinn University

    After the success achieved at last year’s call, Tallinn University School of Humanities invites once again researchers to express their interest in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) PF programme and offers candidates the opportunity to work with supervisors with extensive experience in various fields, including Cultural and Intellectual History with Professors Marek Tamm and Liisi Keedus. In addition to…

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