Thursday, September 18, 2014

CFP: Edited Volume on Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History

"Lifting as We Climb": Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History

Project Description:

This is an edited volume of scholarly essays on Black women intellectuals in modern U.S. History. These essays will be written from a historical perspective and employ gender analysis, with an emphasis on Black women’s voices, focusing on the central relevance of black women intellectuals in the development of U.S. society and culture. The collection will cover the historical period from the late nineteenth century to the present including essays on Black women from various arenas of American life such as in the social sciences, history, literature, politics, education, medicine, science, and entertainment.
Submission Guidelines:

The editor seeks essays of 6,000 to 8,000 words on topics related to Black women intellectuals in U.S. history. Your submissions must be typed, double spaced, with full reference endnotes completed using the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition and forwarded as a word document by January 5, 2015 to for consideration. Contact Hettie V. Williams at if you have further questions. 

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women is a critical initiative in the development of black women's intellectual history at Columbia University found at: Intellectual History of Black Women

Jim Crow Wisdom

Here is a review I wrote of the text Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory & Identity in Black America Since 1940 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2013) by Jonathan Scott Holloway for the African American Intellectual History Society blog at: Review of Jim Crow Wisdom

The African American Intellectual History Society

The African American Intellectual History Society is a new group that has been recently organized by Dr. Christopher Cameron at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Many useful resources in African American intellectual history can be found here:
African American Intellectual History Society

Friday, April 25, 2014

U.S. Intellectual History Essays

Here is a link to some of the suggested "top ten" essays posted by blog contributors from the Society for the Study of U.S. Intellectual History blog:

Top Essays in U.S. Intellectual History

The Harvard Colloquium

Here is a link to The Harvard Colloquium on Intellectual History:

The Harvard Colloquium on Intellectual History
The field of intellectual history is often difficult to define though most would agree that the field involves the study of intellectuals and their ideas within a given sphere of human thought and culture. The web based Harvard Colloquium on intellectual history has some great information on the field of intellectual history such as the essay "What is Intellectual History?" by Peter E. Gordon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What is intellectual history?

American intellectual history is sometimes defined as the history of the people "who made a living by arguing" or the study of American intellectuals and their ideas. It is a field that emerged from philosophy, literary criticism, and political history. I define American intellectual history as the study of intellectuals (understanding the term intellectual as broadly construed) their ideas, and intellectual patterns within broad arenas of human thought such as religion, art, literature, and politics over time. This might include an examination of elites but also encompasses a history of popular assumptions, myths, beliefs, and moral panics within mass culture.

Monday, April 21, 2014

This is a blog for individuals interested in American intellectual history.