Collegium Spinozanum III

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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the University of Groningen invite participants to register for  ‘Collegium Spinozanum III: An International Summer School On Spinoza and Spinozisms in their Historical and Philosophical Contexts‘, to take place from 2 to 5 July, 2019.

Organizing university

University of Groningen


2 - 5 July, 2019



Type of activity

4-day Summer School

Type of activity

Preparatory work: 24h
Contact hours: 30h

Primary target group

Advanced BA students, research master students, PhDs, postdocs, senior academics

Application/registration deadline

Deadline for Student Presentations: April 1, 2019
Deadline for Registration: June 1, 2019*
* Please note that if you book the housing service you should complete the registration (including payment) by May 1, 2019.

Please note that in the case that the number of applications will exceed 40, a selection may take place. The selection will give priority to participants who best meet the requirement (prior knowledge of Spinoza and background in philosophy and history of philosophy), and who completed their registration earlier.

About the topic

This Summer School aims to bring together advanced students and established scholars working broadly on Spinoza’s thought, sources and reception. The goal of the Summer School is to create an international forum to stimulate scholarly exchange and conversations inspired by different approaches and methodologies.

During morning sessions, established scholars in several different areas of Spinoza studies will offer seminars on some of the frontier research topics in the field. Afternoon sessions will consist of discussions of selected papers presented by participants and reading groups on short texts belonging to Spinoza’s works, or significant for the reception of Spinoza’s philosophy.

Aim / objective

After this course you will be able to:
1. Have a solid grasp on some of the most challenging aspects of Spinoza’s philosophy and its historical dimension.
2. Navigate contemporary scholarly discussions in philosophy that relate in particular with Spinoza and Spinozism.
3. Develop analytical skills in reading, understanding, analysing and explaining historical texts.
4. Develop social and academic skills for interacting with a diverse audience and actively engage in public discussions on a given topic.





Abstract submission

For those who wish to present a paper: send an abstract of max. 500 words directly to

Required preparations

All participants should have some basic prior knowledge of Spinoza’s philosophy and some familiarity with philosophy and history of philosophy as such.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Certificate / credit points

Preparatory work: 24h
Contact hours: 30h


Fee incl. housing: TBA

Fee excl. housing: PhDs, postdocs and senior staff: 250 euro
Undergraduate students: 150 euro

-Housing (6 nights, from Monday 1 July to Saturday 6 July, in an international student house is available upon request (price TBA). For more information about accommodation, please see the central housing page.
-Fee covers course materials, administration costs, four lunches, coffee breaks and one dinner.
– Participants who cancel within 4 weeks before the start of the course are liable to pay 15% of the course fee.
– Participants who withdraw during the course are liable to pay the full course fee.

How to apply / register

Participants who apply to present a paper will be notified of acceptance by April 15 (they’ll still have to formally register to the summer school to be officially accepted). All other participants will be notified shortly after June 1 if their application has been accepted.

Registration/application form

Please register by mailing Please include the following:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Motivation statement (max 300 words) stating the reasons for attending the Collegium.

Contact info

Please contact Andrea Sangiacomo for questions regarding the contents of the Summer School ( For practical inquiries, contact the OZSW secretretariat (