The Hume Society

Stimulating Scholarship on the Writings of David Hume

Society News

Editor and Host Institution Sought for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Applications are invited for a new Editor and a new home for Eighteenth-Century Studies, a journal dedicated to maintaining and developing the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies’s special mission of interdisciplinarity and publishing the best in eighteenth-century scholarship. The Society will also accept applications from a team of two editors at the same institution but representing different disciplines. The new Editor(s) will begin their duties for a five-year term beginning 1 July 2021.

Candidates should submit a letter of application describing their interest in and plans for the journal, together with a curriculum vitae for each prospective editor. In addition, the application should include a statement signed by the appropriate institutional officer pledging support for the journal for a term of five years, with the possibility of renewal dependent on review by both the Society and the host institution. Institutional support shall include space, utilities, custodial services, release time for the editor(s), and graduate student editorial support. It would be desirable if the host institution would also provide computer equipment and computer support facilities.

Review of applications by a committee composed of the current President, the First Vice President, the Executive Director of the Society, an at-large member of the Executive Board, and the current Editor of the journal will begin 15 May 2020, and will continue until a new Editor and host institution for the journal are identified. Please send applications to the ASECS Business Office at If you would like more information in order to prepare an application, please contact ASECS President Jeff Ravel at

47th Annual Hume Society Conference in Bogotá postponed until 2021

Sadly, we will not be gathering in Bogotá for the 47th Annual Hume Society Conference this summer in an effort to help contain the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. Our generous host institution, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and our tireless organizers have offered their time and hospitality in July 2021, and the Executive Committee has gratefully accepted their offer. In the meantime, please share any ideas for you have for sharing scholarship, maintaining good spirits, and supporting one another during this period of social distancing ( Be well and stay strong!

NEH Institute on Hume in the 21st Century

Details on the rescheduling of the NEH Institute on "Hume in the 21st Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment" organized by and featuring several Hume Society members are forthcoming.

This Institute is designed to study multidisciplinary perspectives on the work of eighteenth-century Enlightenment giant, David Hume. It features a rotating faculty of twelve eminent scholars. While we will explore Hume’s impact in epistemology, ethics, history, and economics, a notable feature is its focus on the implication of Hume’s thought in non-traditional areas. Faculty will address Hume’s approach in relation to Eastern thought, the status of women (including early modern woman philosophers' responses to Hume), race, the status of animals, and the environment. Participants will also have opportunities for small group discussions with faculty while enjoying the environs of beautiful Portland, Oregon.

47th International Hume Society Conference

Bogotá, Colombia