The Research Center for Analytic German Idealism, or FAGI (Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism) at the University of Leipzig is the nucleus of an international network of philosophical activity, presently funded by James Conant’s Humboldt Project. It hosts a variety of events in Leipzig including several annual conferences, a weekly colloquium that runs throughout the winter semester (the Humboldt Colloquium), a philosophical conversation series that runs throughout the academic year (The Humboldt Conversations), and two intensive seminars per year taught by visiting professors. It also sponsors a research collegium with both long-term and short-term visiting scholars at the doctoral, postdoctoral, and professorial levels. Beyond Leipzig, it seeks to promote a network of cooperation with philosophy departments in Chicago, Göttingen, Patras, Potsdam, Tel-Aviv, Pardubice, Frankfurt and UCL. In this connection it sponsors at least one conference per year with each of these institutions. Finally, it helps to finance a series of academic publications including the book series Analytischer Deutscher Idealismus, published by Suhrkamp Verlag, as well as the book series Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research, published by Walter de Gruyter Verlag.
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The Humboldt Project is led by James Conant. It is conceived as a joint venture to foster international cooperation in philosophy with a primary axis of cooperation between the University of Chicago and the University of Leipzig. Accordingly, between 2017 and 2022 Conant will divide his time between these two institutions. On July 1, 2017, Conant assumed the position of Humboldt Professor at the University of Leipzig. In order to serve in this capacity he will teach at the University of Chicago only during the Spring Quarter each year. He is co-director with Andrea Kern of the FAGI in Leipzig, as well as the director of the Center for German Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Under his leadership, these two research centers will form the main axis of an international philosophical network, spanning Germany, Greece, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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