I'm very much looking forward to attending the 25th Annual meeting of the Southern Intellectual History Circle next February 21-23, 2013 in Macon, Georgia. Professor Beth Barton Schweiger of the University of Arkansas, who is chair of the SIHC's Program Committee, has provided the following information: Michael O’Brien, Professor of American Intellectual History, Cambridge University (author of Conjectures of Order, among many other works), will give the keynote address on Thursday evening, with panel responses Friday morning. There will be two additional panels on Friday. The final day is devoted to two separate two-hour discussions in a seminar setting.
SIHC considers innovative work in a broad array of disciplines on the American South, including history, literary studies, Caribbean, Native American and African American studies, anthropology, and legal history. Each year SIHC convenes on a different campus. SIHC 2014 will meet at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. (And last year the conference met at William and Mary.)
Circle participants can lodge at Hilton Garden Inn, located on Mercer’s campus. Macon is easily accessible by way of the Jackson-Hartfield International Airport in Atlanta, with Groome shuttle service from Atlanta to Macon.
A Southern Intellectual History Circle page has been established on Facebook. Updates to the program and information about the Circle will be published there. The Southern Intellectual History Circle invites scholars in all fields to join them.
And if I might be permitted to add a personal note: I attended SIHC for the first time last year; it was a fabulous conference (we were at William and Mary), which is a terrific place to talk about southern history -- and particularly ideas in the old south.