"The History of Ideas: Past, Present . . . Future?"
This panel is being organised in conjunction with "Studies in the History of Ideas," a conference to mark the retirement of J. A. W. Gunn, Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Political Studies. The conference will be held at Queen's from May 16 to 19, 2002; for details please visit the website provided.
We all know that "The history of ideas itself has a history." But what of its present, and its future? The study of the history of ideas, at least in its North American incarnation, can be traced to the publication of A. O. Lovejoy's The Great Chain of Being (1936). It has continued to flourish in the pages of The Journal of the History of Ideas, and in the work of succeeding generations of scholars.
More recently, the "Cambridge school" of John Dunn, Quentin Skinner and J. G. A. Pocock has worked to reintroduce the practice of intellectual history into the study of the history of political thought. Their influence can now be found in the work of historians, literary scholars, art historians, and historians of philosophy. The purpose of this panel is to examine the present and future status of the history of ideas. Graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for papers which consider this question; papers dealing with interdisciplinarity, the present state of the humanities, the "publish or perish" syndrome and the uncertain job market are especially encouraged.
Please send a c.v. and a proposal not exceeding 250 words to
Charles W. A. Prior, Department of History, Queen's University. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2001.
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