Philosophy and Sociology

Early Modern European intellectual history – a new programme

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Early Modern European intellectual history – a new programme

Early Modern European intellectual history- a new programme

In the framework of the new PhD study programme launched by the Centre for the History of Renaissance Knowledge, based at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, two students who plan research in the relevant area of early modern European intellectual history, if accepted to the doctoral school in the general competition for places, will be supported in the application process for  NCN Preludium grants by the Centre for the History of Renaissance Knowledge (hereinafter “HRK Centre”)

In addition to the two students accepted in the general competition places, the new programme will be followed by 3 students recruited within the framework of  the ERC project “From East to West, and Back Again: Student Travel and Transcultural Knowledge Production in
Renaissance Europe (c. 1470- c. 1620)”, led by Professor Valentina Lepri. *(see  Project funded PhD places)

The PhD study programme is part of the educational offering of the doctoral school of the institute and represents a new curriculum studiorum within the discipline of philosophy.

It is designed to provide a comprehensive education in Early Modern intellectual history with a special emphasis on the various forms of knowledge creation and organization in that age. In order to achieve this educational objective, the study programme shall have an interdisciplinary dimension.

Successful applicants will join the Centre by focusing on one of the following research areas:

  • History of philosophy in Early Modern age;
  • History and ideas and history of culture;
  • History of science;
  • History of education and academic institutions.


The doctoral programme will run for four years beginning November 1, 2021.

Syllabus and Teaching Description

The didactic activities of the HRK Centre (courses and seminars) shall be open to all students of the doctoral school of the Institute.

By the end of the second year, the  students in Early Modern European intellectual history must have attended:


5 courses, of which:

(a) 3 chosen from the SNS compulsory courses of philosophy;

(b) 1 on general and preliminary aspects of Renaissance studies (e.g. introduction on Renaissance intellectual history, methodology of research in the Renaissance) offered by the HRK Centre.*

* November 2021, a 30-hour course shall be held by Dr Luisa Brotto (visiting researcher, in the framework of “Nawa Seal of excellence”) Course Title: “Introduction to Renaissance Intellectual History: Research problems and methodologies”

(c) 1 course jointly held by Professors Danilo Facca, Valentina Lepri, Farkas Gábor Kiss and Matthias Roick focused on the ERC research. The course will be composed of 12 face-to-face lessons, divided into 4 modules of 3 hours each.

(d) 1 course held by Dr Kristi Viiding (visiting researcher, Nawa Ulam) in November 2021. The course will be composed of 12 face-to-face lessons, divided into 3 modules of 4 hours each. Subjects of her teaching shall be Estonian and Livonian Renaissance humanism.


In addition to the mandatory program outlined above, the students shall be required to attend the seminars organized by the HRK Centre and by the Zakład Filozofii Nowożytnej i Współcesnej IFiS PAN.

Further obligations and timetable

 Year I

– A research project, including the provisional title of the dissertation, must be formulated by the end of the first year.

Year II

– By the second year the same project (or a similar one) be submitted by students who are not recruited in the ERC project participate in a competition for NCN grants, to be based at the HRK Centre. A draft of the first chapter of the dissertation must be submitted by the same deadline.

Year III

– In agreement with their promoter and within the 3rd year, students must participate in 2 seminars per semester, chosen from those offered by the University of Warsaw or other Polish or foreign institutions

– Students must identify, in agreement with the promoter, a summer school to attend by the 3rd year.

Year IV

– By the end of the 4th year, submission of an article to a high-ranked journal is expected

– By the end of their doctoral study, the 3 students working in the ERC project must apply for a national grant to be based at the HRK Centre.


For informal enquiries: Danilo Facca or Valentina Lepri


Phone: (+48) 22 828 80 09

Fax: (+48) 22 826 48 21

The Graduate School
for Social Research,

Staszic Palace,
Nowy Świat 72,
00-330 Warsaw,