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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Methodology in the History of Philosophy

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Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!


History of philosophy has become increasingly mindful of the need for critical reflection on its methodologies. Instead of merely pursuing the oftentimes narrow way of reading and understanding a philosophical work by means of analytical or rational reconstruction, researchers have become increasingly sensitive to the historical context and situatedness of a philosophical text.

Furthermore, the field has become aware of the harmful exclusion of underrepresented or marginalised groups (such as women philosophers, or non-western traditions of philosophy). There is a growing desire to move beyond the traditional boundaries of the philosophical canon studying also the so called ‘minor’ figures of our past. In short, the field has seen the need for a more inclusivist approach of studying past authors. In addition, new approaches such as digital humanities are opening up new exciting means of analysing texts on large scales.

The Department of History of Philosophy at the University of Groningen invites papers of master’s and PhD students as well as junior and senior researchers. The aim of the summer school is to collaboratively reflect on methodological changes in history of philosophy as well as to foster interactions between philosophers at different stages of their career. The summer school will offer participants new insights into the different approaches to the study of the history of philosophy. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own practices of interpretation, and develop a more differentiated approach to the history of philosophy.

Practical information

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

Dates & location July 2021 (tbc), Groningen the Netherlands
Level (Research) Master, PhDs and Postdocs
Fee 2020 150 (excluding housing)
Academic coordinators Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo, Faculty of Philosophy
Contact summerschoolphilosophy rug.nl
Requirements

This summer school is designed for historians of philosophy interested in engaging with the methodological problems and techniques in their field. This also includes digital humanities researchers specialized in translation studies and historical networks.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Programme

The summer school will start on Sunday 5 July, 3PM, with a city tour and welcoming drinks.

During the morning sessions, there will be lectures by established scholars. Some of these lectures will deal with the issue of methodology directly, while others will do so by means of a case study of recent research.

In the afternoons, there will be short presentations by participants, as well as workshops and round table discussions. Participants who wish to present may either present a short paper on methodology or a case study of their own research.

Learning outcomes

Preparation: 4 hours
Lectures: 28 hours
Presentation: 8 hours


Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of minor figures in contemporary historiography of philosophy
  2. See how network analysis can be used to study historical phenomena
  3. Know possible uses of digital humanities for history of philosophy
  4. Have awareness of the problems of the philosophical canon

The workload is estimated at 40 hours:


Housing
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You will stay at Upsilon International Students House. This newly built residence is beautifully located between the city centre of Groningen and the University campus. There is a coffee corner at the main entrance and a rooftop where you can enjoy the sunset. You will have a fully furnished private room, with its own bathroom and toilet. The kitchen/living room is shared with approx. 8 other students, and offers you a place to have dinner or to play a (board) game with your fellow summer school students.

Meals

The kitchens are fully equipped with electric stoves, ovens, fridges, freezers, etc. and of course pots and pans. Please note that food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is not included unless otherwise specified by your summer school. You should count on spending approximately €15-20 per day on meals, snacks, coffee/tea and/or other refreshments.

Conditions

The housing service is optional, please indicate on your online application form if you want to have accommodation arranged for you. If you agree to have housing arranged for you, you will be offered a standard package with the following conditions:

  • Standard rental from Saturday 4 July to Saturday 11 July for € 274 (7 nights). This includes cleaning, bed package (duvet, pillow + linen) and basic kitchen utensils.
  • Check-in is on Saturdays between 2 PM and 10 PM or Sundays between 2 PM and 4 PM. The central summer school office will be there to welcome you.
  • Check-out is on Saturday before 10 AM.
  • Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel after 17 June are liable to pay the full amount for housing.

Please note that the international student house is a regular home and not hotel-quality accommodation. If you prefer to stay in other accommodation, please make use of one of the many hotels in Groningen.

Confirmed lecturers

Christia Mercer (Columbia University)
Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyon)
Jan van Ophuijsen (Utrecht University)
Kobus Marais (UFS South Africa)
Charles H. Pence (UCLouvain)

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