News & Announcements Archive


Faculty Search

The Department of Comparative Thought and Literature at Johns Hopkins University searches for a tenure-track assistant professor, with an anticipated start date on July 1, 2019. We are looking to hire a promising scholar and teacher with a focus at the intersection of comparative literature, philosophy, and aesthetics in Africa, the Middle East, South East […]


In Memoriam: Stanley Cavell

It is with great sadness that the Departments of Comparative Thought and Literature, Anthropology, and Philosophy announce the passing of Professor Stanley Cavell, who has been a major influence on the scholarship and teaching of faculty and students at Johns Hopkins. In April 2011, a daylong conference took place in his honor and presence on […]


Humanities Center Becomes Department of Comparative Thought and Literature

As of January 1, 2018, the name of the Humanities Center will be the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature. The new name recognizes the department’s ongoing commitment to serious interdisciplinary study, with a focus on questions at the intersection of literature, philosophy, and aesthetics.


Hent de Vries Appointed to the Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson

Hent de Vries

Hent de Vries has been appointed as the 2018 Titulaire de la Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson at the Institut Catholique in Paris. In that capacity, he will present six public lectures in March 2018, which will be published by the Presses Universitaires de France.


Michael Fried Decorated in France

Michael Fried

The Humanities Center congratulates Michael Fried on his being honored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Professor Fried has been named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world.