Call for Papers! December conference in Warsaw

May 10, 2023

The ERC Research Project KnowStudents, nr. 864542, headed by Prof. Valentina Lepri, organizes a conference focused on ‘Debates, uncertainties, multiple truths: Scholarly disagreement in early modern European education’. The event will take place at the Centre for the History of Renaissance Knowledge, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw, Poland, in December 7-9, 2023.


Many of the revolutionary ideas of the early modern age were born in the classroom. Early modern schools and universities not only transmitted well-established philosophical and scientific traditions, but also often served as innovative ’places of knowledge’ (lieux de savoir) where new ideas were brought up in scholarly debates.

The aim of this conference is to explore the culture of scholarly disagreements in early modern education. What kind of written sources survive about debates in 15th, 16th, and 17th century academia? What were the typical written and oral genres of debate in schools, and what was their role in the educational systems of Catholic and Protestant Europe? How were scholarly uncertainties dealt with in education, and how was the possibility of multiple truths presented in class? What was the social context of arguments, and what were the personal consequences of exploring new ideas in arts and sciences education?

We invite papers on various facets of debates early modern in schools. These include the analyses of study notebooks or textbooks presenting scholarly disagreements, the history of revolutionary ideas in arts and sciences as they appeared in schools, and studies of career paths of innovative professors and scholarly renegades in early modern Europe.


We look forward to see your submission, i.e. the title of your paper, an abstract (150-200 words), 4-5 keywords together with a one-page CV. The applications should be sent to Prof. Valentina Lepri [] and Prof. Farkas Gábor Kiss [] by June 12th, 2023.

Take a look at the poster for Call for Papers, with all the data listed above & spread the news to those interested in the conference. See you in December!