The OAH annual meeting will be in New York from March 28-31. I will be chairing a roundtable there that might be of interest to our readers. Called “The Future of U.S. Intellectual History: Challenges and Possibilities,” it will convene at the unenviable Saturday 8:00 a.m. slot. Participants include myself and Stephanie Evans (University of Florida) as moderators, along with commentators Walter Hoelbling (University of Graz, Austria), Anne Kornhauser (Columbia) and Jackson Lears (Rutgers).
I wanted not only to alert any interested readers to our panel, but also to solicit input. Are there any aspects of U.S. intellectual history that you might like to see addressed? Right now I’ve got in mind the following topics:
- a consideration of recent influential works in intellectual history,
- an assessment of the criticism of intellectual history itself as an inherently elitist enterprise (alert blog readers might remember that I originally proposed this roundtable under the title “Dead White Males”),
- the question of whether there is a need for intellectual history as a separate subdiscipline when cultural history is so influential, and
- the always crucial issue of the employment outlook for intellectual historians.
I’d be interested in any other topics that would be of interest to our readers. Please respond in the “comments” section (or feel free to email me) with suggestions or any other kind of feedback.