zondag 1 november 2015

dinsdag 4 november 2014

Thanks for a great conference -- hope to see you in Baltimore in 2016!

The Making of the Humanities IV in Rome was a great success. Thanks so much to our speakers and host -- the wonderful KNIR in Rome -- for turning MoH IV into a memorable event. For a report on the conference by one of its participants, click here.

The edited volumes of the three previous MoH conferences can be freely downloaded here.

Also many thanks to the University of Chicago Press for launching the journal History of Humanities and the Society for the History of the Humanities.

Please submit your papers to History of Humanities. The Call for Submissions is open.

The forthcoming MoH conferences will move to an annual scheme and are planned at:
  • 2016: Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, US)
  • 2017: University of Oxford (Oxford, UK)
  • 2018: Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore in 2016!

The MoH International Committee:

Rens Bod (U of Amsterdam)
Christopher Celenza (JHU, Baltimore)
Hent de Vries (JHU, Baltimore)
Julia Kursell (U of Amsterdam)
Fenrong Liu (Tsinghua University)
Jaap Maat (U of Amsterdam)
Helen Small (U of Oxford)
Thijs Weststeijn (U of Amsterdam)

woensdag 24 september 2014

Abstract handbook and practical Information

Abstract handbook: the book of abstracts can be downloaded here.

Conference dinner: 17 October at 20.00h in Restaurant La Berninetta, Via Pietro Cavallini 14, Rome, For a map, see p.2 of Abstract Handbook.

Speakers: Each regular speaker will have a total of 30 minutes for their paper: 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Panel proposers can organize their session as they like, but we strongly recommend to leave sufficient time for discussion for each paper.

Technical equipment: There will be laptops with projectors in each conference room.

Book exhibition: There will be two large tables at the conference site where you can exhibit your latest work (both for speakers and other attendees). So if you like, bring your latest book and exhibit it at The Making of the Humanities IV!

Payment: Please note that we cannot accept pin or credit card payments at the registration desk. Please bring cash for paying the conference fee and (optional) dinner -- see below under Registration for the exact costs.

Travel: There are direct trains from Fiumicino airport to the center of Rome. Taxis to the city center will cost around 45 euro. For accommodation, see below.

Conference site: KNIR, Via Omero 10/12, 00197 ROME. Click here for the location of the Conference Site ("Istituto Olandese")

Certificate of Participation: If you need a certificate of participation, please send us a request via email: historyhumanities@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you all in Rome!

vrijdag 8 augustus 2014

Conference Programme is Online -- Call for Participation!


Main conference features: 3 keynote speakers, ~70 papers and several panels on the history of the humanities in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Special event: launch of the journal History of Humanities by University of Chicago Press.

Deadline for early registration: September 20, 2014. See below for registration details.

We look forward to welcoming you in Rome!

zondag 29 juni 2014

Registration is open!

Registration for The Making of the Humanities IV  (16-18 Otober 2014) is now open.

Thanks to the generous support by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), the conference fee could be kept to 100 Euro. The fee, which can be paid on site in cash only, includes coffee, tea and simple lunch for each day, a programme handbook and a copy of the proceedings with papers of the last conference (The Making of the Humanities, Vol. III: The Modern Humanities, Amsterdam University Press, 2014, 692 pp.).

Registration for a single day is also possible, the fee of which is 40 Euro, but this does not include a copy of the proceedings which can be bought at reduced price of 50 Euro at the conference site.

The conference fee will be waived for (PhD) students -- please bring proof of student status. Free student registration includes lunch, drinks and a programme handbook, but it does not include a copy of the proceedings which can be bought at reduced price (50 Euro) at the conference site.

There will be a conference dinner on October 17, which is now full. Tickets for the conference dinner will be 40 Euro per person.

See the location of the Conference Site (KNIR, "Istituto Olandese")


Send an email to HistoryHumanities@gmail.com with your name, affiliation, full address, and whether you will join the full conference or just a single day. Please also mention whether you are a (PhD) student.

Deadline for early registration: 20 September 2014


Participants will have to organize accommodation for themselves (except for the keynote speakers). Below follow some hotel suggestions.

Hotels in the neighbourhood of the conference site (KNIR):


More expensive hotels:


Cheap accommodation:

Rome's Convents (with curfew and relatively far from conference site)

Or find your preferred hotel via booking.com.


Click here for the conference programme

maandag 2 juni 2014

Call for Papers is now closed -- notifications will be sent on June 30

The Call for Papers is now closed. Please bear with us if you haven't received any acknowledgment. All submissions have been properly received and notifications about acceptance/rejection will be sent out by 30 June. Registration will also be possible by the end of June and will be posted on this website.

maandag 23 december 2013

Final Call for Papers and Panels "The Making of the Humanities IV"

The fourth conference on the history of the humanities, "The Making of the Humanities IV", will take place at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, from 16 till 18 October 2014.

Goal of the Conference
This is the fourth of a biennially organized conference that brings together scholars and historians interested in the comparative history of the humanities (philology, art history, historiography, linguistics, logic, philosophy, literary studies, musicology, theatre studies, media studies, a.o.). Although histories of single humanities disciplines already exist for a long time, the history of the humanities as a whole has only very recently been investigated, and the first monographs have just appeared.

Theme of the 2014 Conference: Connecting Disciplines
This will be the first Making of the Humanities conference that does not focus on a specific period. We welcome papers and panels on the history of the humanities that focus on any period or region. The theme of the 2014 conference will be Connecting Disciplines, with a special interest in comparing methods and patterns across disciplines -- both within and between regions (e.g. China and Europe).

Previous conferences

Confirmed Invited Speakers
Fenrong Liu (Tsinghua University, Department of Philosophy)
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)
Helen Small (University of Oxford, Faculty of English)

Abstract Submissions
We welcome papers on any aspect of the history of humanities, but we especially encourage submissions on the conference theme Connecting Disciplines. Abstracts should include the name of the speaker, a contact address (including email address), the title of the talk, and a summary of the paper of maximally 400 words.
Send your abstract to: HistoryHumanities@gmail.com
Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 June 2014
Notification of acceptance: beginning of July 2014

Panel Submissions
We welcome panel proposals on any aspect of the history of humanities, but especially on the conference theme Connecting Disciplines. Panels last 1-1.5 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers including a commentary and discussion. Panel proposals should include the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short 150 words description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 400 words.
Send your panel proposal to: HistoryHumanities@gmail.com
Deadline for panel proposals: 1 June 2014
Notification of acceptance: beginning of July 2014

Registration and Accommodation
Registration for the conference will be possible from June 2014 onwards. The conference fee will be kept to a minimum (and will be published in June 2014). The fee will be waived for students. Information on accommodation will also be posted in June 2014.

Organization and Support

Thijs Weststeijn