What does it take to be a good historian? What are the attitudes, talents, skills, or virtues that historians have to cultivate to thrive in their profession? By implication, what are the “passions” or the “vices” they are expected to resist? And how do such ideas about “the scholarly self” change over time?
Call for papers for the conference 'The Persona of the Historian' at the Leiden University Institute for History, 26-27 January 2017.
On January 28-29 2016 the research project ‘The Scholarly Self: character, habit, and virtue in the humanities, 1860-1930’ and the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) will organize a conference about scholarly personae in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Orientalism.
Why did 'character', 'habit', and 'virtue' serve as key terms in late 19th and early 20th-century scholarly correspondences, biographies, and obituaries? Why did scholars around 1900 display so much interest in the working habits and character traits of what they called the 'scholarly self'?