From its inception, philosophy has understood itself in relation to and in separation from poetry. Living on two separate mountains, as Hölderlin suggests, thinking and poeticizing nevertheless share a particular provenance in language and perhaps even a concern for truth. As Heidegger insists, poetry and philosophy offer their own proper unique word, compelling the reader “to perceive this word again and again as if we were hearing it for the first time.” This Collegium is concerned with exploring this particular relation between the poetic and the philosophical word and the interplay of philosophy and poetry as well as of truth and language that follows from it.

Theme for 2024

Philosophy and Poetry

The Collegium is intended for faculty members and advanced graduate and postdoctoral students in philosophy and related disciplines. The core of the program consists in a series of lecture courses, individual lectures, and intensive text-based seminars. A participants’ conference will be held in conjunction with the Collegium on July 6-7.

July 8 - 26, 2024

Courses, Lectures, Instructors

Courses, Lectures, Instructors

Lecture Course
Week 1

Poetry and Philosophy in the Polis: Plato, Sophocles, Aristophanes

Dennis J. Schmidt,
Western Sydney University

Individual lectures by
Claudia Baracchi (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca), Sara Brill (Fairfield University), Shane M. Ewegen (Trinity College)

Lecture Course
Week 2

Imageless Saying and the Poetic Word in Heidegger

Daniela Vallega-Neu,
University of Oregon

Individual lectures by
Julia Ireland (Whitman College), James Risser (Seattle University), Krzysztof Ziarek (University at Buffalo)

Lecture Course
Week 3

Derrida, Celan and the Poetics of Singularity

Hans Ruin,
Södertörn University (Stockholm)

Individual lectures by
Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto), David Krell (DePaul University), Omar Rivera (Texas A&M)

Housing and Costs

Participants will be comfortably housed at Hotel Le Mura in the historic center of Città di Castello.

For participants, the cost for room and board (half pension = breakfast & dinner) will be €48 (double occupancy) and €60 (single room) per day. For faculty, the cost will be €53 (double occupancy) and €68 (single room) per day.

The program fee for the three-week session will be €275. The deadline for applications is February 16, 2024.

Please email applications to Professor Gert-Jan van der Heiden at



Prof. Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Dept. of Philosophy, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Assistant Directors

Dr. Ype de Boer and Lucas Gronouwe, MA, Dept. of Philosophy, Radboud University, Nijmegen

American Correspondent

Prof. Alejandro A. Vallega, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Oregon

Latin American Correspondent

Prof. Miguel Gualdron Ramirez, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Oregon

Australian Correspondent

Prof. Dennis J. Schmidt, Dept. of Humanities, Western Sydney University

Asian Correspondent

Prof. Guang Yang, Dept. of Philosophy, Tongji University Shanghai