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Call for Papers: “An Ending of Sorts: Disappearance and Disenchantment in Modernity,” March 3–4, 2017

The Graduate Students of the Humanities Center of Johns Hopkins University are pleased to announce a conference to be held on March 3 and 4, 2017. We are honored to host keynote speakers Peter Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History, Harvard University) and Megan Quigley (Associate Professor of English, Villanova University).
In the interdisciplinary spirit of the Humanities Center, we invite papers from literature and the arts, philosophy and critical theory, anthropology and sociology, and any other relevant field that take up questions of disappearance, loss, and disenchantment, as well as those that consider the scholar's role in the recuperation or preservation of the object of inquiry.
For more details, see the full call for papers.

In Praise of Translation

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce three seminars by Barbara Cassin, Director of research at the CNRS, director of the Léon Robin Center for Research on Ancient Thought, and Associate of the Humanities Center.


   April 3, 4, and 6, 2017


Margaret Cavendish (1623–73): Vitalist, Materialist and Poet

The Humanities Center is pleased to welcome  Susan James, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, and Associate of the Humanities Center for three seminars on Margaret Cavendish. 


   Tuesday, April 11, 2017
   "Cavendish's Vitalist

   Wednesday, April 12, 2017
   "Cavendish on Art and Nature"

   Thursday, April 13, 2017
   "Cavendish on Politics
     and Fiction"

   All seminars will take place in
   Gilman 208 at 4:00 pm.


Hent de Vries Appointed to the Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson

Hent de Vries has been appointed as the 2018 Titulaire de la Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson at the Institut Catholique in Paris. In that capacity, he will present six public lectures in March 2018, which will be published by the Presses Universitaires de France. The endowed chair and lecture series commemorates the work of the well-known twentieth-century medievalist and Descartes specialist, Etienne Gilson. Earlier chair holders include Pierre Aubenque, Alain de Libera, Jean-Luc Marion, Stanley Rosen, Stéphane Moses, Jean-Louis Chrétien, Francis Jacques, Jean Greisch, Jean Grondin, Rémi Braque, and Cathérine Chalier.

New Positions for Current and Former Members of the Department

The Humanities Center is proud to congratulate the following graduate student, postdoc, and alumnus on their recent acceptance of new positions:​

Nicole JerrAssistant Professor of English, Department of English Department, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

Daniel Schwartz—Assistant Professor in German and Russian Cinema, De​partment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, McGill University

Sebastian Lecourt—Assistant Professor of English and American Literature, Department of English, University of Houston​

Tarek Dika—Assistant Professor in History of Philosophy, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame​

Michael Fried Decorated in France

The Humanities Center congratulates Michael Fried on his being honored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Professor Fried has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world. The award reflects a recognition of decades of important scholarship by Michael Fried in the areas of French painting, art criticism, and literature.

Master's Program in Humanistic Studies

   The Humanities Center offers a
   Master of Arts degree in Humanistic

   Please click here for more information.



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