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S-USIH Conference Panel

From Michael Metsner, a history PhD student at Case Western Reserve University:

I would like to join (or put together) a panel for the forthcoming S-USIH Conference. (Submission deadline is June 15, 2013.) My own paper deals with discordant interpretations of racial solidarity. Specifically, I examine the generational conflict over the proposal for the establishment of a separate (i.e. “colored”) YMCA branch that took place within the ranks of Cleveland’s African-American leadership during the early twentieth century. If you are interested, please contact at [email protected]

2 Thoughts on this Post

  1. This is as good a place as any to say that I am still hoping to put up a panel-creating discussion board for this year’s conference, but I haven’t yet found the time to figure out the best way to do so given our new platform. But you can expect something sometime in March (there…I’ve just created a deadline for myself!). Since the Conference is really a S-USIH event, not a blog event, we may end up housing it on / linking it to the front page rather than the blog. But I’ll make a point of announcing it on the blog when it goes up.

  2. I would also like either to join or create a panel for the upcoming USIH conference. I am a third year graduate student studying intellectual history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My paper deals with the philosophic pluralism of Richard McKeon and Kenneth Burke developed through their friendship. I set their discussions both within the context of their relationship, focusing on the affective dimensions of their thought, as well as within the broader trends in mid-century pragmatism.

    If I were to organize a panel, I would like to focus it on the exploring the non-institutional places where philosophy has occurred in U.S. history, especially in the 20th century. There are two questions behind my interest in this topic: 1) What does the story of U.S. philosophy look like when historians view it outside of the university? 2) How does shifting the focus away from the pressures of professionalization alter our understanding of the role of philosophy as a field of inquiry for intellectual life in the U.S.?

    If you are interested, please contact me at: [email protected]

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