Emmanuelle de Champs

CY Cergy Paris Université

Emmanuelle de Champs is professor in British History and Civilisation at CY Cergy Paris Université (France), and a member of laboratoire AGORA. She specialises in in Bentham studies. Her first book focused on Bentham’s political and constitutional thought (La déontologie politique, ou la pensée constitutionnelle de Jeremy Bentham, Droz, Geneva, 2008). A second monograph explored Bentham’s connections with France from the Enlightenment to the July Revolution of 1830 (Enlightenment and Utility, Bentham in France, Bentham in French, Cambridge University Press, 2015). She has studied Bentham alongside other figures of the European Enlightenment, such as Cesare Beccaria, Germaine de Staël, Etienne Dumont and Nicolas de Condorcet. She is now focusing on the development of utilitarianism in radical politics in the period 1820-1840, with a specific focus on gender issues and women utilitarian philosophers. She is also interested in the possibilities offered by the digital humanities to promote and study manuscript sources, for instance with the “Testaments de Poilus” crowdsourcing project, which led to a digital edition of nearly 1000 wills by French First World War soldiers in cooperation with the French National Archives (Paris, Val d’Oise, Yvelines). 

Stephen Clucas 

Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Stephen Clucas is Reader in Early-Modern Intellectual History at Birkbeck, University of London. Stephen Clucas has devoted a considerable amount of his career to research into John Dee, including the edited collection John Dee: Jnterdsciplinary Studies in English Renaissance Thought (2006), two special issues of Ambix on Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica (2005 and 2017), and several book chapters and articles in journals such as Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Aries. He was previously editor of Intellectual History Review.

Julie Davies 

University of Münster

Julie Davies completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne and published her first monograph Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill in 2018. This work explores the intricate development of Glanvill’s Saducismus triumphatus (1681) and how Glanvill’s roles as theologian, philosopher and advocate for the Royal Society of London converged in its pages. Ongoing research interests include dialogues between religion, science, philosophy and culture with a particular interest in debates about witchcraft and the supernatural, the experimental method, nature and pre-Linnean botany. Previously a research assistant at the University of Melbourne’s ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, she is now Academic Editor for the Humanities at the University of Münster and lectures in English for International Business at the University of Paderborn. Other publications include: “Botanizing at Badminton House” in Domesticity and the Making of Modern Science and “German receptions of the works of Joseph Glanvill” in the IHR. She also published A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins with Michael Pickering and is continuing her work on female botanists, Glanvill and anti-atheism.

Howard Hotson 

University of Oxford

Howard Hotson is Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Anne’s College. His interests range widely over the histories of science, philosophy, religion, education, and communication in the early modern period, focusing especially on the traditions of further, general, and universal reformation emerging from central Europe in the periods before and during the Thirty Years War. The author, inter alia, of an intellectual biography of Comenius’s teacher, Johann Heinrich Alsted (OUP, 2000), and a survey of central European Reformed educational theory and practice (Commonplace Learning: Ramism and its German Ramifications, 1543–1630, OUP, 2007), he is currently directing an Oxford-based collaborative research project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, entitled Cultures of Knowledge: An Intellectual Geography of the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters.

Michael Hunter 

Birkbeck College, University of London

Michael Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. For many years his chief preoccupation was Robert Boyle: he is the principal editor of Boyle’s Works (with Edward B. Davis, 14 volumes, 1999-2000), Correspondence (with Antonio Clerucuzio and Lawrence M. Principe, 6 vols., 2001) and workdiaries (with Charles Littleton, available online). He is also the author of Boyle: Between God and Science (2009), which won both the Samuel Pepys Award and the Roy G. Neville Prize in 2011, and of Boyle Studies: Aspects of the Life and Thought of Robert Boyle (2015). His numerous other books deal with various aspects of seventeenth-century intellectual history, including the early Royal Society and its milieu. In 2017 he published The Image of Restoration Science: The Frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s ‘History of the Royal Society’ (1667) (co-authored with Jim Bennett), which also reflects the concern with the visual culture of the period that led him to set up the website, British Printed Images to 1700. His latest book is The Decline of Magic: Britain in the Enlightenment (2020).

Dana Jalobeanu 

University of Bucharest

Dana Jalobeanu is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Bucharest and Director of the Humanities Division of the Institute of Research (ICUB) of the University of Bucharest. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the Western University, Vasile Goldiș, Arad (until 2009). She also served as science editor for the BBC World Service’s Romanian Section (in London and Bucharest, 2000-2008). She had fellowships at Oxford (Balliol College), The Warburg Institute, New Europe College, Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin. Dana Jalobeanu is the co-founder of the Princeton Bucharest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy and co-editor of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, as well as a member of the Oxford Francis Bacon editorial project, in charge of editing volume XIX, Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum. She is the coordinating editor of the first Romanian edition of Bacon’s philosophical works (Francis Bacon, Opere filosofice). Dana’s main research areas are early modern philosophy and the sciences, with a special focus on experimental practices and the emergence of experimental philosophy; medicine of the mind in the Renaissance and the reception of Stoicism in the 16th and 17th centuries; the interplay between philosophy, science and literature in early modern Europe (and beyond), as well as the philosophy of scientific experimentation.

John Marshall

Johns Hopkins University

John Marshall is Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, where he is also the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Political and Moral Thought. He was educated at Cambridge University, UK, and Johns Hopkins, and has been a Junior Research Fellow, By-Fellow, and Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has given dozens of papers in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. He has published two books, John Locke: Religion, Resistance, and Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and John Locke, Toleration and Early Enlightenment Culture: Religious Intolerance and Arguments for Religious Toleration in Early Modern and ‘Early Enlightenment’ Europe (Cambridge 2006). He co-edited and contributed to Heresy, Literature and Politics in Early Modern English Culture (Cambridge 2006) and Politics, Religion and Ideas in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Britain (Boydell 2019). Recent articles have been on a wide range of topics, including early modern antislavery; religious toleration in Safavid Persia; London’s anti-Catholicism; civil religion and John Locke; and beggars, spinners and slaves in the thought of John Locke. He is currently finishing books, inter alia, on the political, religious, social, cultural, economic, colonial, gender, and intellectual history of London c1640-1708, and the antiracist, antislavery and anti-imperialist thought of Quobna Ottobah Cugoano in context. 

Frances Nethercott

University of St Andrews

Frances Nethercott is Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of St Andrews. Much of her research in Russian nineteenth and twentieth-century intellectual culture has focused on the cultural transfer of ideas across borders and generations with reference to developments in university-based scholarship (philosophy, history, classical studies, and law). Her publications on these topics include several monographs, the most recent of which is Writing History in Late Imperial Russia: Scholarship and the Literary Canon (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). Her collaborations with international colleagues on various aspects of Russian socio-political thought include:‘Civil Society and National Religion. Problems of State and Society in the Philosophy of Vladimir Solov’ev (1853–1900)’, led by Evert van der Zweerde (Nijmegen/ Radboud); A History of Russian Philosophy 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity, edited by Gary Hamburg and Randall Poole(CUP, 2010) and a history of Thomas More’s Utopia in translation, (OUP, 2023), edited by Cathy Shrank and Phil Withington. She is currently writing a book entitled Thomas Carlyle and the Russians: Intercultural Dialogue in the Age of Empire and Revolutions

Ann Thomson 

European University Institute

Ann Thomson is emerita Professor, having been Professor of Intellectual History from 2013 to 2020, and is one of the coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster ‘Democracy in the 21st Century’. She came from Université Paris 8, where she had taught since 1998. She works on the intellectual history of the long Eighteenth Century, and studies questions at the intersection of religion, medicine and politics, as well as the circulation of ideas, book history and translation, and European writings on the Muslim world (the subject of the book she is currently writing). She has published widely on all these subjects, most notably several monographs, including L’âme des lumières. Le débat sur l’être humain entre religion et science Angleterre-France (1690-1760) (Champ Vallon, 2013) and Bodies of Thought: Science, Religion, and the Soul in the Early Enlightenment (Oxford University Press, 2008), and collective volumes, including Cultural Transfers: France and Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century, edited with Simon Burrows and Edmond Dziembowski, (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, 2010). She has also published critical editions, most recently of Book 11 of Raynal’s Histoire des Deux-Indes (2020). She is currently developing an online crowd-sourced database of eighteenth-century translators.

Sylvana Tomaselli

St John’s College, Cambridge

Sylvana Tomaselli is a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. She teaches the history of political thought and intellectual history and lectures principally on eighteenth and nineteenth-century political theory and intellectual history as well as on twentieth-century political philosophy. A contributor to a number of collected works on these subjects, including ‘Have ye not heard that we cannot serve two masters?’ The Platonism of Mary Wollstonecraft’, Revisioning Cambridge Platonism: Sources and Legacy, Douglas Hedley and David Leech (eds) 2019; ‘Peace, Genre, and War’ in A Cultural History of Peace in the Enlightenment (1648 – 1815), Stella Ghervas & David Armitage (eds.) 2020; ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Men’, in The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee (eds.), 2020; ‘The Philosophes’, in Mary Wollstonecraft in Context, Nancy E. Johnson and Paul Keen (eds), 2020. Her journal articles cover a variety of topics, such as ‘Brief Reflections on dichotomies and heroism in Benjamin Constant and Max Weber’, Annales Benjamin Constant (2020); ‘The art of being in the eighteenth century: Adam Smith on fortune, luck, and trust’, History of European Ideas, 2021; and ‘In praise of grand historical narratives’, Intellectual History Review, 2023. Her Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion, and Politics was published by Princeton University Press in 2021.