As we watch your proposals for the 2017 conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History roll in (keep ‘em coming!), we’re pleased to announce our Friday plenary session, “Toward Democracy as Faith or Doubt.” We have assembled a panel of outstanding scholars who will be interrogating and at times no doubt challenging James Kloppenberg’s argument in his most recent, remarkable book: Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought (OUP, 2016).
Christopher Cameron of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will chair the discussion. Joining him will be W. Caleb McDaniel of Rice University, Amanda Porterfield of Florida State University, Manisha Sinha of the University of Connecticut, and Daniel Wickberg of the University of Texas at Dallas. James Kloppenberg will also join the conversation, responding to his readers’ comments and questions and perhaps posing some questions of his own.
We are delighted to be able to bring this group of scholars together for what promises to be a lively and substantive discussion, and we are sure that this panel will spark many more conversations at the conference and afterwards.
We hope you will join us in Dallas this October.