2008 USIH Conference

Theme Gender and Society

It’s only 12 days until June 15! – TL


Call for Papers

The Conference on U.S. Intellectual History is being organized by the editors of the U.S. Intellectual History (USIH) weblog, in coordination with the 33rd Annual Great Lakes History Conference (GLHC), sponsored by the Department of History at Grand Valley State University. This coordinated conference will hopefully serve as a springboard for an annual (or bi-annual) gathering of scholars with an interest in the context of ideas and intellectual life in the United States.

Papers on any aspect of U.S. intellectual history are welcome. Topics might include—but are not limited to—studies of particular persons or groups of people, analyses of important or representative works, considerations of the historical significance of ideas (or a particular idea), and the influence of ideas on American cultures, regions, and events. Also welcome are broader meditations on the state of the discipline itself. Themes of interest might cover the meaning of a national subdiscipline in a transnational scholarly climate; the interaction of intellectual history with disciplines such as literature, philosophy, science, math, religion, political science, and education; the teaching of U.S. intellectual history; and the relationship of U.S. intellectual history to questions of race, class, and gender.

With the last suggestion in mind, we enthusiastically encourage submissions specifically addressing the GLHC’s broader conference theme: “Gender and Society.”

Conference headquarters will be at the L.V. Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Hotel accommodations will be available at the Days Inn of Grand Rapids, which is across the street from the Eberhard Center. The conference is within easy walking distance of museums and restaurants. Grand Rapids is served by most major and regional airlines.

Please address all inquiries and abstracts to: Paul Murphy (murphyp-at-gvsu.edu) or Tim Lacy (timothy.n.lacy-at-gmail.com).

2008 Conference Committee