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Journal of the History of Ideas

Since its inception in 1940, the Journal of the History of Ideas has served as a medium for the publication of research in intellectual history that is of common interest to scholars and students in a wide range of fields. It is committed to encouraging diversity in regional coverage, chronological range, and methodological approaches. JHI defines intellectual history expansively and ecumenically, including the histories of philosophy, of literature and the arts, of the natural and social sciences, of religion, and of political thought. It also encourages scholarship at the intersections of cultural and intellectual history — for example, the history of the book and of visual culture.

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Forkosch Prize

The Journal of the History of Ideas is pleased to announce the winner of the Selma V. Forkosch Prize ($500) for the best article published in the Journal of the History of Ideas each year.

The winner for Volume 77 (2016) is Ian W. S. Campbell, for “John Punch, Scotist Holy War, and the Irish Catholic Revolutionary Tradition in the Seventeenth Century” volume 77, number 3, pages 401–21.

The Journal of the History of Ideas awards the Morris D. Forkosch Prize ($2,000) for the best book in intellectual history each year.

Eligible submissions are limited to the first book published by a single author, and to books published in English. The subject matter of submissions must pertain to one or more of the disciplines associated with intellectual history and the history of ideas broadly conceived: viz., history (including the histories of the various arts and sciences); philosophy (including the philosophy of science, aesthetics, and other fields); political thought; the social sciences (including anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology); and literature (including literary criticism, history and theory). 

No translations or collections of essays will be considered. The judges will favor publications displaying sound scholarship, original conceptualization, and significant chronological and interdisciplinary scope. 

Publishers: The deadline to submit books published in 2017 is March 1, 2018. Please send three copies of each book you wish to submit for consideration to the JHI office at the address below:

Journal of the History of Ideas
3624 Market Street Ste. 1SB
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615

For further information, please contact the office at jhi@history.upenn.edu.

Submissions are also accepted directly from authors: please send three copies of your book to the address above.

The winner of the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book in intellectual history is Surekha Davies, for her Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press).

Statement from the judging committee:

This year’s prize goes to Surekha Davies, whose masterly, vivid exploration of early modern illustrated maps opens up a new way to understand how Europeans saw the lands and seas they had begun to explore. Davies reveals the rich stock of sources mapmakers drew upon, from Hippocrates to Tacitus, and the equally varied array of ideas they conveyed. Elements from contemporary travel literature and ethnography (containing both accurate details and fictions), images from the Hebrew scriptures and Greco-Roman texts, and sensational fantasy nestle one against the other on a single map. They make powerful, sometimes surprising arguments for human diversity and ultimately help build European notions of cultural hierarchy, composing a geographical and political grammar. Davies’s eloquent command of archival materials lends weight to her claims for the distinctiveness of maps as visual exercises in exegesis, and as key players in early modern thinking about the nature of humanity, monstrousness, civilization, and barbarism. Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human is a book about the representation of marvels; it is also a marvelous read.

For a list of the Selma Forkosch prize winners click here.

For a list of the Morris Forkosch prize winners click here.

A Winning Article

Congratulations to David I. Shyovitz, who has been awarded the 2016 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize of the Medieval Academy of America, for a first article in the field of medieval studies judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality, for his article “Christian and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Werewolf Renaissance,” Journal of the History of Ideas 75, no. 4 (2014).

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The last fifteen years have seen a number of attempts to imagine what lies “beyond” the linguistic and cultural turns of recent decades in historiography. The impulse is derived, one suspects, from the need for academic cultures to declare current established practice “dead” in favor of some new departure. We have had thirty years of discourse study, cultural analysis of texts and meaning, attention to the constitutive power of language, and suspicion of reading texts as unmediated referential documents. It seems inevitable that voices would arise declaring the attention to culture and language exhausted, asking us to turn away from language and culture and plant our feet on some firmer ground. Academic disciplinary cultures, try as they might to abandon modernist commitments to a belief in progress in which today's know-how trumps yesterday's ignorance, can't seem to transcend their nineteenth-century origins. We know, or think we do, that the humanities are not the bearers of progress in knowledge, that we are no wiser than our forebears, that the holy grail remains as far out of reach as it ever was. And yet we act as if we can expose the shortcomings of our intellectual ancestors and in doing so inaugurate a new and better understanding of the realm in which human beings act and create meaning. Hence a new generation, having decided that it has either absorbed the lessons of the cultural and linguistic turns or realized what a constraining dead end such a turn represents, advocates a departure for more fertile ground.

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