The long history of the Bucharest-Princeton seminar in early modern philosophy begun in 2001, when Dana Jalobeanu and Vlad Alexndandrescu organized the first edition, under the form of a two-weeks long summer-school in philosophy and history of ideas. This first edition took place in Tescani and had among the invited speakers Daniel Garber, Katherine Brading, Denis Kambouchener, Michel Blay, Virgil Ciomoș, Cătălin Avramescu. After this first success, the organization of the seminar became a joint venture between Dana Jalobeanu, Vlad Alexandrescu and Daniel Garber. From 2005, Sorana Corneanu and Mihnea Dobre joined in the organizing team (which, in the upcoming years grew to include other members of our team, such as Oana Matei and Tinca Prunea Bretonnet).
The Princeton Bucharest seminar is an interdisciplinary, one week long summer seminar gathering researchers and students coming from philosophy, intellectual history, history and philosophy of science, history of art etc. The format combines formal lectures with discussions of work-in-progress and reading groups. Each year, the seminar is devoted to a theme (largely defined). Here is what we have done so far.
2001: Spaces of Freedom in Modern Thought. Individuals, Reformation Projects, Multiple Societies. International Summer School. Tescani, 2–13 September.http://www.arches.ro/archives/2001/program2001.html
2002: Enseigner l’histoire des idées comme pratique de la liberté. Modèles d’explication concurrents dans la pensée moderne. International Summer School. Macea, 30 August–13 September
2003: Souls, Clocks, Atoms and Forces: Competing Models of Individuals in Early Modern Thought. International Summer School. Macea, 30 August–14 September
2004: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. Theories of Matter and Mind in the 17th Century. Arad, 6–12 September.
2005: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. The Great Instauration. Science, Philosophy and the Reformation of knowledge in the 17th Century. Bran, 2–7 July
2006: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. Disseminating Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century: Centres and Peripheries in the Republic of Letters. Bran, 30 July–4 August
2007: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 7th Edition. Experiments, Reason and Revelation: The Moral Value of Studying Nature in Early Modernity. Bran, 28 July–3 August
Participants: Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest), Cătălin Avramescu (University of Bucharest), Norma B. Goethe (National University of Cordoba, Argentina), Etienne Brun Rovet (Paris I), Ion Copoeru (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj), Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest), Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Marius Dumitru (Oxford University), William Eaton (Georgia Southern University), Raphaele Fruet (Cambridge University), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Vana Grigoropoulous (Athens), Irina Iakounina (Freiburg), Dana Jalobeanu (Vasile Goldiș University, Arad), Dana Nica (Iași University and Clermont-Ferrand), Adrian Niță (Institute of Philosophy, Romanian Academy), Lucian Petrescu (University of Bucharest, Paris IV), Ionuț Untea (Université de Lyon III).
2008: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 8th Edition. Mălâncrav, 29 July–4 August
Participants: Vlad Alexandrescu (Bucharest), Zvi Biener (Western Michigan), Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest), Sorin Costreie (Bucharest), Márcio Augusto Damin Custódio (Brasil), Mihnea Dobre (Bucharest), Raphaele Fruet (Cambridge), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Adrian Haret (Bucharest), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest), Hylarie Kochiras (North Carolina), Christophe Marinhero (Luxembourg), Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki), Lucian Petrescu (Bucharest), Ana Săndoiu (Bucharest), Geert Vanpaemel (Leuven), Koen Vermeir (Leuven), Rahel Villinger (Princeton).
2009: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 9th Edition. Bran, 25-31 July
This year, the topic for the morning sessions will be Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus.
Invited speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Ed Curley (University of Michigan), Frédéric de Buzon (Université Marc Bloch de Strasbourg), Alan Gabbey (Barnard College/Columbia University)
2010: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 10th Edition. Non-Mechanical Philosophies in the Seventeenth Century. Bran, 30 June–6 July
Invited speakers include: Peter Anstey (Otago, New Zealand), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Theo Verbeek (Utrecht), Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Paris)
2011: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 11th Edition. Collaborative Aspects of Early Modern Thought: Philosophical Correspondence and the Republic of Letters. Bran, 2-7 July
2012: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 12th Edition. The Battle for “Scientia” in the the Seventeenth Century. Bran, 29 June–4 July
2013: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 13th Edition. The Losers of the Scientific Revolution. Bran, 5–10 July
2014: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 14th Edition. De rerum natura: Naturalism, Supernaturalism, Unnaturalism. Bran, 8–13 July
Invited speakers include: Daniel Garber (Princeton), Roger Ariew (South Florida), Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), Peter Anstey (Sydney), Olivier Dubouclez (Liège), Justin E.H. Smith (Paris), Tamás Pavlovits (Szeged), Jennifer Rampling (Princeton), Charles T. Wolfe (Ghent).
2015: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 15th Edition. Philosophical Conversations: Intellectual Interactions in the 17th Century. Bran, 12–17 July
2016: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 16th Edition. The Architecture of Reason: Laws, Axioms and Principles in Early Modern Thought. Alba Iulia, 12–16 July
Invited speakers: Cătălin Avramescu (University of Bucharest), Delphine Bellis (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Elodie Cassan (ENS- Lyon), Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Philippe Hamou (Universite Paris Ouest), Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford), David Marshall Miller (Iowa State University), Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge)