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The Intellectual History Group (IHG) is an informal, interdisciplinary working group for faculty and graduate students interested in intellectual history and the history of ideas. Our aim is to investigate the various methods, themes, and theories connected to these fields as well as their relevance to different disciplines. Participants in the group come from a wide variety of disciplines, including history, philosophy, literature, history of science, political science, anthropology, and education policy studies. We meet approximately once a month and discuss a work that speaks to the concerns of intellectual history broadly conceived.  

Each meeting takes one of several forms. The group functions as both a colloquium to workshop the works of members, and a reading group to explore recent trends in fields relevant to intellectual history. We also work to bring scholars from across the country to speak to the IHG.

Unless noted otherwise, the IHG meets in the University Club, located next the George L. Mosse Humanities Building. Dates, times, and room numbers for each meeting are listed on our schedule.

If you would like to be added to our listserv and receive updates on events and meetings, contact Kevin Walters.



    February 11 (Room 211)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Readings: Selections from Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, Objectivity (2010) and selected essays from Daston Biographies of Scientific Objects (2000)

    March 14 (Room 313)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Roundtable with Dan Bouk, Professor of History at Colgate University, on his book How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual (2015)

    April 7 (Room 313)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Workshop with Professor Adam Nelson.

    Reading: Selections of his manuscript in progress entitled "Empire of Knowledge: Nationalism, Internationalism, and American Science, 1780-1830."

    April 21 (Room 313)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Readings: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, "Presence Achieved in Language (with Special Attention Given to the Presence of the Past)." (2006)

    May 5 (Union Terrace)

    Time: 4:30-6:00pm

    Readings: Don DeLillo, White Noise (1985)