Lilian Calles Barger reports on her NCIS-funded conference in Chicago

Thank you to the NCIS and its Grant Awards Committee for the grant to attend the Society for U.S. Intellectual History annual conference in Chicago, November 8-11, 2018.. It was important for me on several fronts. I was on the conference committee and involved in the planning and participated in a six hour reading group before the start of the conference. Second, I presented a paper on the panel “Gender on Intellectual History” with colleagues in a mutual long-term publication project on the same topic. My paper was entitled “Finding Gender in ‘Free Range’ American Thought.” Our panel had as a respondent Rosalind Rosenberg, a distinguished scholar in intellectual and gender history (on R in photo). This panel was very well attended with much interest in our presentation on the use of gender analysis to interrogate the history of American thought. A lunch gathering that followed allowed the panel to get feedback from the audience on our publication project.
I also was part of a roundtable "The Religious Left in the Long 1960s: The State-of-the-Field," My participation was the outgrowth of my essay entitled " ‘Pray to God, she will hear us:' Women Reimaging Religion and Politics in the 1970s " published in the collection The Religious Left in Modern America: Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) and my new book The World Come of Age: An Intellectual History of Liberation Theology (Oxford University Press, 2018). You can listen to an interview I recently completed at New Books Network for more on my book. Here is the link https://newbooksnetwork.com/lilian-calles-barger-the-world-come-of-age-a...
Both of these publications have placed me near the center of the historical study of American radical religion, a growing field. Going to this conference allowed me to promote my work further and network for future projects.
This has been a significant year for my work and I am grateful to have the support of other independent scholars. I am encouraged that as independent scholars our work is valued. The key, I believe, is building broad connections and relationships with others with common interest. Thank you for your support.
Lilian Calles Barger

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