First-rank cultural history researchers convene in Bucharest

Bucharest will host as of today until Saturday, the 11th international conference of the International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH), with the topic “Passionate Minds: Knowledge and the Emotions in Intellectual History”. Organized for the first time ever in Romania, the conference will bring together over 100 researchers from prestigious seats of learning in Europe and across the Ocean, whose fields of interest include ancient and medieval intellectual history, intellectual history of the early modern and the Enlightenment age, social, cultural and political history, material culture, psychology, psychoanalysis, evolutionism, neuroscience, phenomenology, aesthetics and epistemology. The Bucharest edition of the ISIH conference set out to act as a forum for reflection, starting from the way in which various disciplines conceptualize the confluences, the break and even the confrontation between emotions and cognitive thinking.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by the professors Daniel Garber, the chair of Prin­ceton University’s Philosophy Department, Roger Ariew, the chair of the University of South Florida’s Philosophy Department, Peter Harrison, Bond University and Uni­versity of Oxford, Australian Academy of the Humanities Fellow, Howard Hotseon, from the University of Oxford, and Vlad Alexandrescu, from the University of Bucharest.

Founded in 1994, the International Society for Intellectual History has as its declared goals “promoting the study and teaching of intellectual history in all its forms and fostering communication and interaction among the global community of scholars in the field”. The event is organized with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Central University Library, which will host the proceedings of the conference, and the University of Bucharest.

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