Conferences: Questions of Tradition
Questions of Tradition: An Interdisciplinary Symposium 
13-16 November 1997
New Brunswick, NJ (USA) 

The Journal of the History of Ideas, along with the International Society for Intellectual History, sponsored this symposium on Questions of Tradition. Organizers: Mark Phillips (Department of History, University of British Columbia) and Gordon Schochet (Department of Political Science, Rutgers University).

Panels
Panel 1. Tradition, Nationality, and the Historical Imagination
Panel 2. The Theory and Politics of Tradition
Panel 3. Precedent, Custom, and Canon 
Panel 4. Text and Traditions 
Panel 5. Tradition and Society (ISIH panel)
Panel 6. Tradition, Identity, and Community

Participants
Constance Blackwell, Foundation for Intellectual History, London 
Suzanne Blier, Department of Art History, Harvard University 
James Clifford, History of Consciousness Program, U.C.-Santa Cruz 
William Connell, Department of History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Natalie Zemon Davis, Department of History, Emeritus, Princeton University
Anthony Grafton, Department of History, Princeton University 
Patrick H. Hutton, Department of History, University of Vermont 
Donald R. Kelley, Department of History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Susanne Klengel, Institut für Romanistik, Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Alkis Kontos, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto 
Joseph M. Levine, Department of History, Syracuse University 
David Lieberman, School of Law, University of California-Berkeley 
Phyllis Mack, Department of History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick 
Vladimir Malachov, Institute for Philosophy, Russian Academy of Science
Kirsti McClure, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
Michael McKeon, Department of English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Jacob Meskin, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University 
Ann E. Moyer, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania 
James Muldoon, Department of History, Rutgers University-Camden 
Ruth B. Phillips, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Mary Poovey, Department of English, New York University 
Daniel T. Rodgers, Department of History, Princeton University 
David Harris Sacks, Department of History, Reed College 
Naoki Sakai, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University 
Ulrich J. Schneider, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Leipzig
Gabrielle M. Spiegel, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University 
Chris Steiner, Department of Anthropology, Connecticut College 
Siep Stuurman, Faculty of History, Erasmus University, Netherlands 
Georgia Warnke, Department of Philosophy, University of California-Riverside
Yael Zerubavel, Department of Jewish Life, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
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Papers. The following is a tentative list of scheduled papers.

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Panel I. Tradition, Nationality, and the Historical Imagination
Friday, November 14 

Panel Chair: Daniel T. Rodgers (Department of History, Princeton University)

James Muldoon (Department of History, Rutgers University-Camden) paper: "Avoiding the Medieval Experience: John Adams, the American Revolutionary Generation, and the Middle Ages."

Yael Zeruvavel, (Department of Jewish Life, Rutgers University-New Brunswick) paper: "Nationalizing the Past, Traditionalizing the Present: The Politics of Remembrance in Modern Israel."

Joseph M. Levine (Department of History, Syracuse University) paper: "Tradition and History from Chillingworth to Gibbon."

Siep Stuurman (Faculty of History, Erasmus University, The Netherlands) paper: "Cutting Short the Trees of Yore: On the Origins of the Modern Concept of Tradition."

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Panel II. The Theory and Politics of Tradition
Friday, November 14 

Panel Chair: Gordon Schochet (Department of Political Science, Rutgers University-New Brunswick).

Georgia Warnke (Department of Philosophy, University of California-Riverside) paper: "Tradition, Ethical Knowledge, and Multicutural Studies."

Alkis Kontos (Department of Political Science, University of Toronto) paper: "Rich and Strange Fragments: Hannah Arendt on the Past and Tradition."

Patrick H. Hutton (Department of History, University of Vermont) paper: "Ideas about Tradition in the Life and Work of Philippe Ariès."

Mary Poovey (Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge, New York University) paper: "Beyond Political Correctness: Invention and Interpretation in the Construction of Traditions."

Kirsti McClure, (Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University) paper: "Between the castigation of texts and the excess of words: Political Theory in the Margins of Tradition."

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Panel III. Precedent, Custom, and Canon
Saturday, November 15

Panel Chair: Donald R. Kelley, (Department of History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

David Lieberman (School of Law, University of California-Berkeley) paper: "Law and Tradition: Some Prespectives from the Common Law." 

Jacob Meskin (Department of Philosophy, Princeton University) paper: "The Role of Religion in Contemporary Thinking About Tradition."

Phyllis Mack (Department of History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick) paper: "Traditional Womanhood and Non-Traditional Religion in Early Modern England."

David Harris Sacks (Department of History, Reed College) paper: "Digging, Doing, and Duty in 16th and 17th Century England"

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Panel IV. Text and Traditions
Saturday, November 15

Panel Chair: WIlliam Connell (Department of History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

Michael McKeon (Department of English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick) paper: "From Tradition to Ideology and the Aesthetic: the Disclosure of Tacit Knowledge in Early Modern English Culture."

Gabrielle M. Spiegel (Department of History, Johns Hopkins University) paper: "Re-writing Antiquity: Thirteenth-Century Old French Translations of Lucan's Pharsalia." 

Ann E. Moyer (Department of History, University of Pennsylvania) paper: The end of the Boethian tradition: musical scholarship before the invention of musicology."

Anthony Grafton (Department of History, Princeton University) paper: "The criticism of traditions and the traditions of criticisms in the Republic of Letters: the case of Jean Hardouin."

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Panel V. Tradition and Society (ISIH Panel)
Saturday, November 15

Panel Co-chairs: Ulrich J. Schneider (Institut für Philosophie, Leipzig) and Constance Blackwell (Foundation for Intellectual History, London)

Vladimir Malachov (Institute for Philosophy, Russian Academy of Science) paper: "Continuity and Discontinuity in Intellectual History: the Russian Case"

Susanne Klengel (Institut für Romanistik, Universität Halle-Wittenberg) paper: "Negotiating Western Tradition in Latin American: From Cultural Cannibalism to Metalinguistic Novel Writing"

Naoki Sakai, (Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University) paper: "The Location of the West, and the Tradition of Japanese Thought"

An organizational meeting of the International Society for Intellectual History will immediately follow this panel.

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Panel VI. Tradition, Identity, and Community
Sunday, November 17

Panel Chair: Natalie Zemon Davis (Department of History, Emeritus, Princeton University)

James Clifford (History of Consciousness Program, University of California-Santa Cruz) paper: "The Invention of Tradition Reconsidered." 

Chris Steiner (Department of Anthropology, University of East Anglia) paper: "Africanist Notions of Tradition and Innovation as Masks of Political Ideology."

Ruth B. Phillips (Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia) paper: "Art History's Tradition and Contemporary Native American Art: An Other Critique of Pure Visuality."

Suzanne Blier, (Department of Art History, Harvard University) paper: "Creativity in Crisis: Art Historical Models of Innovation in Africa."

Concluding Comments Natalie Zemon Davis (Department of History, Emeritus, Princeton University)

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