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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  • John Pocock’s Life, Legacy, and Languages of Historical and Political Thought

    Johns Hopkins University History Seminar Room (Gilman Hall, Room 308), in-person and via Zoom Tuesday, March 5, 2024 — 3:00pm-c5:15pm EST / 8:00pm-c10:15pm GMT

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  • ISIH bursaries for the Biennial Conference of the European Society for the History of Political Thought

    “Human Nature – Humans and Nature in the History of Political Thought”, Central European University in Vienna, 25-27 September 2024 This year, in lieu of its annual conference, the ISIH will be teaming up with  the ESHPT for their biennial international conference “Human Nature – Humans and Nature in the History of Political Thought”, at…

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  • Constance Blackwell Prize 2024

    The ISIH is now accepting submissions to the Constance Blackwell Prize, one of our prizes for early career intellectual historians. This prize is awarded biennially to the best first monograph in intellectual history (broadly construed) published in the previous two years. The prize was established in memory of the Society’s founder, Constance Blackwell (1934-2018). The…

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  • Conference in Honour of Stephen Gaukroger

    Monday 19 Feb – Wednesday 21 Feb, 2024 The University of Sydney has organised a conference in honour of the late Stephen Gaukroger, Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Sydney and former editor of Intellectual History Review. For more information about the conference, including the programme and instructions…

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