Intellectuals, Institutions, and the Modern University

History 285S.001

Fall 2007
Instructor: 
Carson
Location: 
108 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
Wed 12-2
CCN: 
39774
Units: 
Units

This research seminar is designed for students interested the construction of the modern academic intellectual since the mid-19th century. It puts some emphasis on scientists, but by no means exclusively, and it will particularly explore ways that individuals are embedded in and shaped by institutional contexts. The seminar's default context will be the modern university, wherever it is found; but other broadly academic contexts are very welcome, such as museums, think tanks, extra-university research institutes, and so on. Along with producing the standard piece of original historical research, students will be expected to critique each others' papers and give a final presentation.