Intellectual History between Past and Future

AHA Session 192
Saturday, January 4, 2014: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Palladian Ballroom (Omni Shoreham)
Darrin M. McMahon, Florida State University
Interim Intellectual History
Samuel Moyn, Harvard University
Relating Intellectual and Cultural History
Judith Surkis, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
The Problem of Contextualism in Intellectual History
Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University

Session Abstract

In this session, the editors and selected authors of Darrin McMahon and Samuel Moyn’s forthcoming edited volume Modern European Intellectual History: New Perspectives and Appraisals (Oxford University Press, 2013) will gather in a roundtable format to discuss the future of intellectual history as a discipline.  The session will focus primarily on methodological perspectives, with each of the presenters offering insight on competing tendencies and pulls.  Introductory remarks by McMahon and Moyn will discuss the genesis of their edited collection, which includes methodological reflection on the state of the field by 15 leading intellectual historians in Europe, the UK, and the United States, and will also examine present problems against the background  of where the field has been historically and where it might be going.

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