This collection contains some of the work being carried out by Ian F. McNeely, Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon. For more complete information, visit the author's personal web site

Department of History
319 McKenzie Hall

1288 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1288

(541) 346-4791

Recent Submissions

  • Wilhelm von Humboldt and the World of Languages 

    McNeely, Ian F. (Ritsumeikan Studies in Language and Culture (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan), 2011-10-06)
    At a time when systematic knowledge of the world’s languages first became possible, Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835) cast language as a vehicle to study the human mind and interpret human cultural difference. Long recognized ...
  • Current Trends in Knowledge Production: An Historical-Institutional Analysis 

    McNeely, Ian F. (Routledge, 2009-12-02)
    Building on the author’s recent survey of Western knowledge institutions since antiquity, this article assesses the impact of current trends in information technology, higher education, science, and the environment on ...
  • The University in Ruins? A Report on Knowledge 

    McNeely, Ian F. (2009-05-20)
    Revisiting Montreal professor Bill Readings’ posthumous critique of the modern university, this talk offers a new framework for understanding both the history of knowledge and changes in its institutions since the end of ...
  • Plato on a Pommel Horse 

    McNeely, Ian F. (Oregon Council for the Humanities, 2004)
    A comparison of ancient Greek and nineteenth-century German gymnastics, with lessons on the two cultures of academics and university athletics today.
  • German History and World History ca. 1800 

    McNeely, Ian F. (2006-10-17)
    Conference paper for a panel on the German Sattelzeit (period around 1800) arguing that German historians should embrace the methods and concerns of world historians and laying out possible research agendas that would result.
  • The Renaissance Academies between Science and the Humanities 

    McNeely, Ian F. (2006-06-25)
    A synthetic analysis of the academies of the Renaissance and early modern periods, emphasizing their importance as an alternative to the European university and as a bridge between the "two cultures" of science and the humanities.
  • The Unity of Teaching and Research: Humboldt's Educational Revolution 

    McNeely, Ian F. (Oregon Council for the Humanities, 2002-09)
    Before Wilhelm von Humboldt founded the University of Berlin in 1810, it was by no means clear that the university would become the modern world’s dominant intellectual institution. After Humboldt’s reforms, teaching and ...
  • The Humboldts' Marriage and the Gendering of Intellectual Space 

    McNeely, Ian F. (2005-10-05)
    Analyzes the letters of Wilhelm and Caroline von Humboldt, written 1808-1810, which bear witness to the gestation of modern academia within a state shattered by Napoleon’s conquests. This paper aims to show how activities ...
  • The Popular Enlightenment: Knowledge, Society, and Institutions Before the German University Revolution 

    McNeely, Ian F. (2002-11)
    This conference paper discusses three examples of popular Enlightenment, a printed book, a learned society, and a periodical, together denoting a much wider field of institutional experimentation. Each represented a different ...