The committee is looking forward to considering your full panel proposals for our conference theme From the Mayflower to Silicon Valley: Tools and Traditions in American Intellectual History due March 1. Proposals may be for traditional paper sessions, roundtable format with audience comment, workshop/seminar-style discussions, “author meets critics” events, retrospectives on significant works or thinkers, or other formats that encourage the exchange of ideas. Continue reading
Joan Wallach Scott concluded in 1986 that bringing women or gender into history was inadequate. Since Gerda Lerner’s The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina: Rebels Against Slavery (1967) had launched the field of women’s history knowledge of women’s contribution to political, social and religious change had grown exponentially. Women and the accompanying gender analysis proved to be critical to understanding the history of the nation becoming both indispensable and illuminating. Scott’s much-cited 1986 essay “Gender: a Useful Category of Historical Analysis” noted that for many historians “‘gender’ is a synonym for ‘women’” and a way to soft peddle women’s history into “academic legitimacy.” The result was that men, standing in for humanity, in general, appeared to have no gender. Books that claimed to offer gender analysis boiled down to studies of women without demonstrating how such a category was established or maintained. Seeking to break this habit that had settled among historians Scott defined gender as “a constitutive element of social relations based on perceived difference between the sexes, and gender is a primary way of signifying relations of power” (Scott, Gender and the Politics of History, 1999, 31,32). Continue reading
This is a missive from your 2016 S-USIH Conference Chair, Jennifer Burns. – TL
You find intellectual historians in the darndest of places. Fred Turner, one of our 2016 conference headliners, embraces his identity as an intellectual historian even though he hasn’t spent any time in a history department. After nearly a decade as a journalist, Turner returned to academia, receiving a Ph.D. in communications from UC San Diego. He then took up a professorship in Stanford’s Department of Communication, where he’s demonstrated the importance of humanistic and historical approaches even in a discipline tending ever more quantitative. Widely recognized as an authority on the history of Silicon Valley, Turner’s scholarship spans a broad range of intellectual concerns, knit together by archival research and skillful cultural analysis. I’m thrilled the 2016 Conference provides a venue for S-USIH members to learn more about this prolific historian in hiding, so herewith a brief overview of his oeuvre.
Turner’s first book, Echoes of Combat: Trauma, Memory, and the Vietnam War (Minnesota, 2001), authored when Turner was a professional journalist, traces the legacy of the Vietnam war through the prism of memory. Continue reading
Please use this page to collaborate on creating COMPLETE PANELS for the 2016 conference.
The committee is especially eager to ensure ethnic, gender and institutional diversity at the conference. We welcome the participation of graduate students, independent scholars, and all faculty ranks.
Proposals may be for traditional paper sessions, roundtable format with audience comment, workshop/seminar-style discussions, “author meets critics” events, retrospectives on significant works or thinkers, or other formats that encourage the exchange of ideas.
Panels which take up our theme of “tools and traditions” in American intellectual history are encouraged, as are panels engaging the following topics, periods and methods:
- Gender as a Tool of Analysis
- Feminist Thought
- Early America
- Nineteenth Century America
- History of Capitalism