Sydney Intellectual History Network
The Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) draws together scholars to think through the problem of communicating significant conceptual innovation in the modern world, situating our research along a trajectory of intellectual history reconfigured as a dynamic multidisciplinary exploration of generative thought.
While some argue that the 21st century is a 'post-Enlightenment' and 'post-idea' world, researchers within our network maintain that important conceptual developments are well within our reach, but have been obscured by siloed perspectives that ignore a sense of history. Our intent is to develop new perspectives on the past that will allow us to reshape intellectual history as a multidisciplinary field of research and to offer novel insights into the continuities and discontinuities between the past, present and future.
The Sydney Intellectual History Network currently incorporates two groups within the Sydney region: SIHN@Sydney and SIHN@UWS. We are working in partnership to develop a shared program of events of interest to our network members. It is our ambition to develop additional hubs for the network at other institutions within Australia and internationally.
17 October:Putting Yourself in the Story
Sheila Fitzpatrick, Dany Celermajer and Barbara Caine explore the autobiographic turn in the SIHN@Sydney Auto/Biography seminar
12 November:Hero and Villain: Lafayette's Legacies
Laura Auricchio presents on the subject of her forthcoming book, The Marquis, a visually informed biography. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.
14 November:Recovering Untold Stories
Shane White and Laura Auricchio discuss their work on biography in the SIHN@Sydney Auto/Biography seminar series
16 November:Revolutionary Ideas
A symposium in conjunction with the exhibition America: Painting a Nation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Speakers include: Laura Auricchio (The New School, NYC), Kate Fullager (Macquarie University), Jennifer Milam, Shane White