Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
Education University of Groningen Summer Schools Collegium Spinozanum III

Course information

2 - 5 July 2019, Groningen
Target group

This summer school is designed for Advanced BA students, research master students, PhDs, postdocs and senior academics. All participants should have some basic prior knowledge of Spinoza’s philosophy and some familiarity with philosophy and history of philosophy as such. 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 .

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

1.   Have a solid grasp on some of the most challenging aspects of Spinoza’s philosophy and its historical dimension.
2.   Navigate contemporary scholarly discussions in philosophy that relate in particular with Spinoza and Spinozism.
3.   Develop analytical skills in reading, understanding, analysing and explaining historical texts.
4. Develop social and academic skills for interacting with a diverse audience and actively engage in public discussions on a given topic.

Study load + certificate
  • Contact hours: 30 hours
  • Preparatory work: 24 hours

Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 54 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.


The summer school will start on Monday 1 July at 3PM with a city tour, registration and welcoming drinks. The educational programme will start on Tuesday 2 July and en on Friday 5 July.

Visit to Spinozahuis
Participants of Collegium Spinozanum II

  • PhDs, postdocs and senior staff: € 250
  • Undergraduate students: €150

The fee includes course materials, administration costs, four lunches, coffee breaks and one dinner.


The summer school can arrange housing for you in an international student house. You will have your own private room, and you will share the kitchen, bath room and common room with your fellow summer school participants. For more information about our summer school accommodation, please see the central housing page. Housing (5 nights, from Monday 1 July to Saturday 6 July), in Frascati international student house is available upon request (fee € 215).


Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Motivation statement (max 300 words) stating the reasons for attending the Collegium
  • For those who wish to present a paper: send an abstract of max. 500 words directly to

Participants who apply to present a paper will be notified of acceptance by April 15 (NB they still have to formally register to the summer school to be officially accepted).
All other participants will be notified shortly after June 1 if their application has been accepted.

Please see the Terms & Conditions before sending in your application. For this summer school the following exceptions apply:

  • Participants who cancel within 4 weeks before the start of the course are liable to pay 15% of the course fee.
  • Participants who withdraw during the course are liable to pay the full course fee.

Summer school and the University of Groningen

The Collegium Spinozanum is part of the activities of the Department of History of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy. The Faculty offers a Research Master program in philosophy (with a track in history of philosophy):
Research Master Philosophy.

Deadline for student presentations 1 April 2019
Deadline for registration + housing 1 May 2019
Final deadline for registration
NB If you would like housing arranged for you, we need your payment 10 June at the latest.
1 June 2019

The department also hosts the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought:
Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought.

Laatst gewijzigd:10 augustus 2020 13:50