Graduate funding opportunities in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge for entry in October 2015

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge is the largest of its kind in the UK, and has an unrivalled reputation for teaching and research. Staff have expertise in the history, philosophy and sociology of a wide range of sciences and medicine. They run major research projects in association with the AHRC, the Wellcome Trust, the European Research Council and national museums.

If you are interested in studying for an MPhil or PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, you will find everything you need to know about the Department, the courses, the academic staff (, and the application process from our website at

For students applying to start in 2015-16, HPS at Cambridge has access to the following studentship opportunities, which each has a 9 January 2015 deadline:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships
-- for PhD students from the UK and EU

Cambridge Home and European Union Scholarships (CHESS)
-- for MPhil and PhD students from the UK and EU

Rausing Studentships
-- for MPhil and PhD students

Williamson Studentships
-- for MPhil and PhD students studying history of biological sciences

Lipton Studentships
-- for MPhil students

Wellcome Trust Awards
-- for MPhil and PhD students studying medical humanities and PhD students studying society and ethics
-- contact us by 9 January if you would like to be nominated for a PhD studentship

For information on these and other awards available through the Department, please visit

For more general information on funding opportunities available to graduate students at the University of Cambridge:

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Research workshop: Mathematical readers in the early modern world

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 December 2014
All Souls College, Oxford

How was mathematical writing consumed – read, used, responded to, and otherwise engaged with – in the early modern period? What was distinctive about mathematical reading, compared with the reading of other kinds of technical writing, or with the reading of prose more generally? Were mathematical books handled or annotated in distinctive ways? Was mathematical reading associated with a distinctive set of locations? How, where and when did readers learn the (presumptively specialized) skills of mathematical reading? These questions will be the subject of this two-day workshop, to be held in All Souls College, Oxford.

Confirmed speakers:
Ken Clements, Illinois State University
Nerida Ellerton, Illinois State University
Kathryn James, Yale University
Yelda Nasifoglu, McGill University
Benjamin Wardhaugh, University of Oxford

Proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of reading and consuming mathematics in the early modern world. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to by 1 September 2014. The conference can contribute to travel costs for speakers.

Bodies of Ideas: Science and Classical Reception

11th December 2014, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

For further details and to register please visit the Warburg Institute website.


10.15 Registration opens

11.15 “Infinitely Material”? Francis Bacon and Ancient Wisdom
(Sam Galson, Princeton)

God or Nature, God and Nature: The Reception of Stoic Physics
(John Sellars, KCL)

12.30 Lunch

1.30 The Prehistory of Distraction: Unfelt Atoms from Lucretius to Locke
(Joe Moshenska, Cambridge)

Michel Serres’ Nonmodern Lucretius and the Time of Reception
(Brooke Holmes, Princeton)

2.45 Short Break

3.00 Purging the body and the soul. The ‘purgatio’ in the Sixteenth Century as a Treatment for Different Diseases
(Roberta Guibilini, Warburg Institute)

Sixteenth-century commentators of Aristotle’s De sensu on the relationship between medicine and natural philosophy
(Roberto Lo Presti, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

4.15 Tea break

4.45 The Material Subject of Ancient Experience
(Hamutal Minkowich, UCL)

Time for metaphysics? Reception after Bruno Latour
(Duncan F. Kennedy, Bristol)

6.00 Wine Reception

The conference is supported by Postclassicisms at Princeton ( and the Warburg Institute.

Organisers: Sam Galson and Guido Giglioni

‘Ideas and Enlightenment’ The Long Eighteenth Century (Down Under)

University of Sydney, 10-13 December 2014, proposals due 15 June

David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV

The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS), with the theme ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century (1688-1815) in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the following topics, although please note that the conference organisers are open to proposals for subjects that fall outside of these broad themes:
  • Making Ideas Visible
  • Biography and the History of Individual Life
  • Economic Ideas in Social and Political Contexts
  • Global Sensibilities
  • National Identity and Cosmopolitanism
  • Antiquaries and Alternative Versions of the Classical Tradition
  • Periodisation and the question of Period Styles
  • ‘Enlightenment’ and the Pacific
  • Spectacle, Sociability and Pleasure
  • Genres of Enlightenment
  • Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Borders and Empire
  • Historiography of the Enlightenment
  • Post-Enlightenment trajectories in literature and art

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Proposals consist of a 250-word abstract and 2-page cv, sent via email as a pdf attachment Deadline for submissions: 15 June 2014

Further details are at, where accommodation and keynotes will be posted soon. If you have questions about the conference, please contact the organizing committee at

DNS XV Organizing Committee: Dr Jennifer Ferng, Prof Mark Ledbury, Prof Jennifer Milam and Dr Nicola Parsons

Henry More (1614-1687): A Conference to mark the fourth centenary of his birth

Date: Friday 5 December 2014

Place: The Warburg Institute

Organisers: Sarah Hutton and Guido Giglioni

Despite being one of the most important thinkers in seventeenth-century British philosophy, Henry More has been denied the status of proper philosopher that his contemporaries Hobbes and Locke have long enjoyed. More’s work deserves to be recognized as a significant contribution to early modern philosophy. He was a figure who relentlessly engaged with the most pressing issues of his time. He intervened in the debate about the new science of nature and medicine, contributed in an original way to the recovery of Platonism and various elements of the classical tradition, left a lasting impact on the literary scene, played a role in the contemporary religious controversies and, finally, demonstrated a remarkable ability in identifying and reacting to the major cultural trends of the period.

This conference will take advantage of More’s centenary to engage in a one-day reappraisal of his legacy. It will do so against the background of a more nuanced and historicized understanding of early modern philosophy, theology and science, which have resulted in a more positive consideration of Renaissance theories of universal animation, a reassessment of the meaning of early modern experimental knowledge, the acknowledgment of the productive interplay of philology and philosophy advocated by the humanist movement, and, finally, a more balanced attitude towards the role that religious and theological arguments play in shaping metaphysical and logical ideas.

Speakers include: Alan Gabbey (Barnard), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute), Douglas Hedley (Cambridge), Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth), David Leech (Bristol), Cecilia Muratori (Warwick), Jasper Reid (KCL).


10.00 Registration and coffee

10.45 Morning session - Chair: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London)

Introduction: Sarah Hutton (University of Aberystwyth)

Jasper Reid (King’s College) - More's Place in Seventeenth-Century Thought

Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute) - Henry More’s Psychozoia and the Epic of Emanation

Douglas Hedley (University of Cambridge) - Henry More and Nathaniel Ingelo: The Platonic Imagination in Cambridge?

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Afternoon session - Chair: Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge)

Cecilia Muratori (University of Warwick) - Henry More on Animals

Sarah Hutton (University of Aberystwyth) - Henry More and Renaissance Philosophy: More's Response to Girolamo Cardano in his Of the Immortality of the Soul

3.15 Tea


David Leech (University of Bristol) - Henry More on the ‘Boniform Faculty’

Alan Gabbey (Barnard College, Columbia University) - Philosophia Spinozana Destructa: Henry More (1671-1679)

5.30 Reception


Registration Details

Conference fees
Conference fees (which include coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch) are as follows:

Standard rate: £25

Concessionary rate: £12.50 (for full-time students/retired)

CONFERENCE CATERING: We provide a range of meat/fish and vegetarian rolls/sandwiches for lunch. If you have other dietary requirements please email warburg(at) at least ten days before the conference so that we can try to cater for your needs.

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