Call for Papers:
Second Annual U.S. Intellectual History Conference
Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center, CUNY
New York City
November 12-13, 2009
Paper and panel proposals are welcomed for the Second Annual U.S.
Intellectual History Conference to be held on November 12-13, 2009 in
New York City.
The Conference is being organized by the editors of the U.S.
Intellectual History (USIH) weblog
http://us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com/ in coordination with CUNY’s
Center for the
The theme for 2009 is “Then And Now.” The “Now” aspect of the theme
invites papers tracing the outlines and intellectual roots of
contemporary ideas, institutions, and significant thinkers. “Then”
invites both works in U.S. intellectual history broadly conceived and
historiographic analyses of U.S. intellectual history—a timely topic
with 2009 marking the 30-year anniversary of John Higham and Paul K.
Conkin’s landmark edited collection of essays, New Directions in
American Intellectual History. We seek fresh, interdisciplinary
scholarship exploring either new subjects or innovative methodologies in
relation to U.S. intellectual life. The potential for inter-disciplinary
work honors the mission of this year’s host, The Center for the
Humanities. Finally, while “Then and Now” constitutes our vision for
2009, feel free to inquire about departures.
For the 2009 Conference, please submit digital abstracts for papers,
panels, or both by Monday, June 15, 2009. Proposals should be
approximately 200 words and include a concise curriculum vitae for each
participant. Be sure to include your postal and e-mail addresses, as
well as a phone number. Those interested in chairing a session or
commenting should send a CV indicating areas of expertise and interests.
Papers must take no longer than 30 minutes in a 2-paper session or 20
minutes in a 3-paper session. Sessions will last 120 minutes.
Conference headquarters will be The Center for the Humanities in CUNY’s
Graduate Center. Suggestions for nearby hotel accommodations will be
available at a continuously updated USIH link after the new year.