NCIS would like to propose a traditional co-sponsored session for the 2015 meeting of the American Historical Association that explores and highlights the role of independent scholars in ages prior to when professional intellectual and scholarly activity became the almost exclusive province of universities. Although this panel is fairly broad in scope (and therefore may become more than one panel), we would especially be seeking papers that focus on European and U.S. History, though proposals from other geographical regions are also welcome. Chronologically, the focus would be from the Middle Ages to the mid-Twentieth century, though earlier examples Possible topics could include the following: Sponsorship and Scholarship: The Role of Church and Crown in creating Intellectuals; Beyond Class: Public Intellectuals as Movers and Shakers; Before University Research Labs: Re-examining Independent Scholarship in the Sciences.
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