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The Amsterdam-Utrecht Seminar Global Intellectual History is a platform for researchers from different faculties and departments at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University who are working in the field of intellectual history and related disciplines. These include, among others, the history of historical, legal and political thought, conceptual history, the social and cultural history of ideas, as well as research at the intersection between intellectual history, institutions, politics, and practices.

Worldwide, intellectual history is moving into new, exciting directions. Tapping into new source materials, covering longer stretches of time, dealing with broader geographical spaces, making comparisons and drawing connections on a global scale, as well as combining established and new (digital) methods, both young and up-coming as well as established experts are in search for new answers – and perhaps more importantly – new questions. The Amsterdam-Utrecht Seminar Global Intellectual History contributes to this development by providing a venue for presenting and discussing frontline research.

We understand global intellectual history (1) in the basic sense that we do not exclude or privilege any geographical region or historical period; (2) to imply a self-reflexive and critical orientation to the historical rootedness of conceptual categories and intellectual traditions; and we believe (3) that global intellectual history should be concerned not only with connections, exchange, comparison, integration, interdependence and transfer, but also with conflict, disintegration, separation, resistance, boundaries and locality.

Until 2017, the Global Intellectual Lecture Series was organized by Dr. Annelien De Dijn (Political Science, University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Matthijs Lok (European Studies, University of Amsterdam).

The Seminar is currently jointly organized by:

Lucia Admiraal MA (History, UvA), dr. Camille Creyghton (History and Cultural Studies, UvA / Queen Mary, London), dr. Boyd van Dijk (European Studies, UvA), prof. dr. Annelien De Dijn (Political History, UU), dr. René Koekkoek (Political History, UU), dr. Matthijs Lok (European Studies, UvA).

You can reach us by leaving a comment or by emailing to the addresses you will find on our personal pages.

The Seminar is kindly funded by the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) and the Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences of the UvA.



Credits illustration: Engraving of Romeyn de Hooghe, used in: Elenchus tabularum, pinacothecarum, atque nonnullorum cimeliorum, in gazophylacio Levini Vincent, Haarlem, 1719. Digitized: biodiversitylibrary.org.

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