President’s Report 2020

Prof. Sarah Hutton, President of the ISIH

This report is being circulated to members of the International Society for Intellectual History in lieu of the ISIH annual general meeting, in accordance with provisions in the ISIH constitution.

The first item to report is that I have assumed the presidency of the society, after Michael Hunter stepped down earlier than originally planned. Michael has been a hard-working and dedicated chair, since assuming the role in 2014. ISIH is deeply grateful for his work, and we look forward to his continuing association with the Society as a member of the Advisory Board.

Secondly, this year’s ISIH conference, which was due to be held in Florence, had to be cancelled because of the global pandemic. I would like to set on record our thanks to the organiser, Ann Thomson, and her team at the European University Institute, for all their organisational work prior to cancellation. We had hoped that the conference might be postponed until next year, but sadly this has not proved possible.

I am, however, glad to report that we are making plans for the 2021 conference, which will be held in Venice in September 2-4 at Ca’Foscari University. The theme of the conference will be “Histories of Knowledge: Political, Historical and Cultural Epistemologies in Intellectual History”. It will be organised by Charles Wolfe and Pietro Omodeo. Further information about this will be posted on ISIH website.

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