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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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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  • The Dacre Lecture 2024: Dmitri Levitin on The Origins of Modern Eurocentrism

    The Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College, 10 May 2024, 5pm All are welcome at this year’s Dacre Lecture, which will be held in person at Corpus Christ College, Oxford. This year the lecture will be given by Dmitri Levitin, Assistant Professor at Utrecht University and Fifty-Pound Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. The lecture…

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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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From Twitter

[📘NEW BOOK REVIEW] Rebecca Wilkin (Pacific Lutheran University) “Review of Sabrina Ebbersmeyer and Sarah Hutton, Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–1680): A Philosopher in her Historical Context.” IHR 34 (2): 494-497. .


3-year Departmental Lectureship (part-time) in Political Theory at Oxford starting autumn 2024. The successful candidate will deliver tutorials and organise Politics teaching at Oriel College. Deadline June 19th.

[📘NEW BOOK REVIEW] Sara Miglietti (Warburg Institute) “Review of Anna Becker, The private is political: Anna Becker on the Renaissance household.” IHR 34 (2): 489-494. .

NEW BOOK REVIEW. Jean-Paul De Lucca (University of Malta) “Review of Massimiliano Traversino di Cristo, Against the backdrop of sovereignty and absolutism. The theology of God’s power and its bearing on the western legal tradition, 1100–1600.” IHR 34 (2). .