The National University of Public Service and the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences invite proposals for their upcoming workshop on 4 November 2019,

Urban Cultures in The Early Modern Habsburg Territories - A Workshop on Recent Research Methodologies.

The symposium is being organized as a part of our series called The Intellectual History of the City, and this time, our focus point is going to be the research methodology of the intellectual history of early modern urban life.

By now, empirical historians have provided massive amounts data concerning everyday urban life in early modernity (supporting claims about urbanisation, highlighting birth and death rates as well as the average level of education etc.), while intellectual historians have made considerable analyses of "urban mentalities" (of the underlying attitudes behind confessional conflicts and coexistence, of political decision making etc.). Microhistorians have revealed much of the forgotten past of urban life, while methods of statistical analysis could highlight aspects which were mostly hidden from contemporary scientists as well. Also, even more recent approaches (like that of knowledge flow or big data analysis) equally promise benefits for their practitioners.

However, apparently there is no platform to confront these results with each other, a kind of neutral ground for historical urban studies. The current workshop, hence, aims at bringing together scholars from diverse fields (e.g. empirical and intellectual historians, sociologists, historians of philosophy etc.) in order to share their experience concerning the methodological backgrounds of their particular approaches. Speakers are invited to present particular case studies of their interest with a special emphasis on the methodology employed by them.

A further priority is to take examples of early modern urban developments in Central and Eastern Europe. This is only an encouragement, not an explicit criteria, but apparently research on this field is still handicapped.

The keynote speaker of the conference is going to be Professor Jaroslav Miller, from Palacky University Olomouc. He is the author of the monograph: Urban Societies in East-Central Europe, 1500-1700 (2008).

The venue of the conference is going to be at The National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary (Main building, 1st floor, room 145).

Proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until 31 August, 2019.

Ferenc Hörcher
Ádám Smrcz

The MTA BTK Lendület "Morals and Science" Research Group cordially invites you to its upcoming conference on

Science, Freedom, Democracy

Date of the event: 8th-9th July, 2019.
Venue of the event: 1097 Budapest, 4. Toth Kalman st., 7th floor


Monday, 8th of July

09.00-10.00: Steve Fuller: Post-Truth Epistemology: Life after Rawls and Habermas Bubble

10.00-11.00: Klemens Kappel: Science as public reason

11.00-11.20: Break

11.20-12.20: Stephanie Ruphy: Can the virtues of participative democracy be imported in scientific research? Political and epistemological prospects (and challenges) of citizen science

12.20-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-15.00: Jeroen Van Bouwel: Are transparency and representativeness of values hampering scientific pluralism?

15.00-16.00: Mark Brown: Democracy, Populism, and the Politicization of Science

16.00-16.20: Break

16.20-17.20: Heather Douglas (online): Freedom of Research and Scientific Responsibility in Democratic Societies

17.20-18.20: Hans Radder: Which science, which freedom, and which democracy?

Tuesday, 9th of July

09.00-10.00: Hugh Lacey: Participatory democracy and methodological pluralism

10.00-11.00: Phil Mullins: Michael Polanyi's Post-Critical Vision of Science and Society

11.00-11.20: Break

11.20-12.20: Peter Hartl: The ethos of science and central planning: Merton and Michael Polanyi on the autonomy of science

12.20-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-14.45: Tihamer Margitay: What can liberalism learn from science?

14.45-15.30: Dustin Olson: Public Opinion, Democratic Legitimacy, and Epistemic Compromise

15.30-16.15: Jisoo Seo: A Consequentialist Way of Looking at Values in Science

16.15-16.35: Break

16.35-17.35: Matthew Brown: Expert Authority and Autonomy

The Institute of Philosophy, RCH HAS, cordially invites you to its conference

MacIntyre 90 - Practice, Tradition, Natural Law

organized jointly with the National University of Public Service.

Date: 27-28 June 2019
Venue: National University of Public Service, Budapest, Ludovika square 2., main building, 1st floor, room Hunyadi

Organizers: Ferenc Hörcher (National University of Public Service, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Tamás Paár (Pázmány Péter Catholic University), Zoltán Turgonyi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

See program here.

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