The Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) recently announced that its sixth annual conference will be held at the Omni-Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana October 9-12, 2014. The conference will feature RiAH contributor Kathryn Lofton as the keynote speaker. As a preview to the 2014 conference, there is a thought-provoking Q&A with Lofton at the S-USIH blog. She answers questions about her forthcoming work, her understanding of intellectual history, and her view of the relationship between intellectual history and Religious Studies.
The theme of the 2014 S-USIH Conference is "Materiality of Ideas." The Call for Papers explains the theme as follows:
This subject calls attention to the history of ideas by focusing on the various embodiments of American thought. This can include considerations of the relationship between immaterial and material realities; the development of American thought through the production or reproduction of ideas; the substance of thought, including the presence or absence of material objects; the manifestations of thought in economics, politics, or culture at local, national, or global levels; and, materialization in intellectual history including, but not limited to, book culture. Although proposals that relate to the theme are encouraged, the committee also welcomes submissions that are relevant to any aspect of the study of American thought.The full Call for Papers, including guidelines for submission, can be found here . More information about the conference can be found at the S-USIH 2014 conference page, which will be updated throughout the year. Submissions may be sent to: 2014 Conference Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Other queries may be directed to: Mark Edwards and Cara Burnidge, 2014 Conference Co-Chairs, email@example.com.