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Ein Religionsintellektueller im Jahrhundert der Weltkriege. Eine Biographie über Friedrich Gogarten.

D. Timothy Goering
Historisches Institut, Neuere Geschichte und Theorie der Geschichte

My PhD Project

Ein Religionsintellektueller im Jahrhundert der Weltkriege. Eine Biographie über Friedrich Gogarten.



With the help of the Research School PLUS, I was able to organize two international conferences in 2014. The first conference, “Philosophy, Theory and History in Germany since 1945” (September 15-16), was aimed at shedding light on the relationship between analytic philosophy and what historians have come to call “theory” in the historical discipline. We especially focused on Germany after the Second World War. Prominent speakers from Germany, Netherlands and the US attended and gave papers. A number of papers from this conference have been collected and will be published as a Special Issue in the Journal for the Philosophy of History in 2016.

The second conference, “Intellectual History. Traditions and Perspectives” (November 17-19) dealt with the historical discipline of intellectual history. There have been increasing indications of a renewal and reevaluation of intellectual history since the last decade, so that one might say that intellectual history is currently enjoying a high reputation, greater than it has known for decades. But with the rising popularity also comes the need to take stock of the methodological tools that are in use as well as the position intellectual history has within the general historical discipline. The international conference “Intellectual History. Traditions and Perspectives” sought to intervene in this current debate. It explored which traditions are still alive today and which perspectives should be opened to intellectual history. Quentin Skinner gave the keynote lecture, which was video-recorded and uploaded on YouTube. Currently I am editing some of the conference papers and preparing them for publication. The collection of essays will presumably be published in 2016.

These conferences not only allowed me to rub shoulders with renowned scholars, it also offered the possibility to play the role of the host. Writing hundreds of emails, reserving hotel rooms, organizing meals – these were some of the organizational tasks I faced as the host. The conferences were fun, enriching, and extremely fruitful events. I can only encourage everyone toying with the idea of organizing a conference, to go ahead and to plunge headlong into the adventure.