Prof. Zachary German’s "Making a Constitution" addresses questions of statesmanship and constitutional design through a comparison of the political thought of Montesquieu, the Federalists, and the Anti-Federalists. While the influence of Montesquieu on the American Founding is widely acknowledged, this work focuses on the underexplored comparison of how these thinkers view the relationship between institutional design, the civic character of a people, and various social, cultural, and other non-political factors. The project begins with an explication of Montesquieu's central concept of "spirit" and how that concept informs his analyses of republics, monarchies, federal systems, and the separation of powers.
About Our Research Workshops
Research Workshops are weekend-long, round-table discussions, bringing together 12-15 scholars in order to provide valuable feedback from a variety of perspectives on a work, or multiple works, in progress. Workshops offer academics the opportunity to advance inquiry on important topics within the classical liberal tradition, strengthen specific research contributions, and form interdisciplinary and inter-generational networks of scholars with whom they can collaborate in the future.
- Manuscript Workshops provide constructive feedback on a single book manuscript and offer commenters the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to a fellow scholar’s work.
- On-Campus Workshops, an alternate format of Manuscript Workshops, are day-long, round-table discussions hosted on the author’s campus, bringing together 4–6 faculty and late-stage graduate students in order to provide valuable feedback on a work in progress.
- Papers Workshops bring together authors contributing to a collected volume or special journal issue to workshop their individual contributions as well as identify themes and improve the work as a whole.
Interested In Having Your Work Reviewed?
Contact us at Workshops@TheIHS.org to express interest in hosting your own research workshop with us. Please include a current CV, an abstract or detailed description of your project, and expected completion date. IHS supports authors throughout their careers with these workshops, including assistance for those who wish to convert a recently defended dissertation into a monograph or articles.
As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in Research Workshops in the following general categories:
- Liberalism and Its Critics, including engagement with and response to critiques from both ends of the ideological spectrum.
- Key Challenges within a Free Society, such as tensions between liberty and equality, dynamism and disruption, and freedom of speech and social cohesion.
- Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, such as protections for minority rights, the pace of change in an increasingly digital and globalized world, and the cultural requirements of a tolerant and pluralistic society.
- Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, including negative vs. positive rights, moral obligations within the liberal order, and contested meanings of liberal principles such as justice, equality, and democracy.
- Liberalism in Times of Crisis, including the proper role of government in a crisis and how to balance competing goals, such as public health and safety, with civil liberties, the rule of law, and economic freedom in an emergency.
IHS welcomes applications and proposals on these or other related topics from scholars in all disciplines, including economics, history, political science, philosophy, PPE, law, literature, business, sociology, psychology, and the visual and performing arts.
Please note the following deadlines to apply and the dates that you can expect to receive a decision.
1. Apply: April 26 | Decision: May 15
2. Apply: July 26 | Decision: Aug 14
3. Apply: Oct 18 | Decision: Nov 6
4. Apply: Jan 31 | Decision: Feb 19
IHS also provides financial assistance in the form of research grants. Learn more here.
Upcoming Manuscript Workshops
Upcoming Manuscript Workshops are listed below. Scholars interested in contributing to a collected volume or special journal issue are encouraged to learn more about Papers Workshops with IHS.
Chad Van Schoelandt Manuscript Workshop March 27–28, 2020 in Washington, DC
Donald Kochan Manuscript Workshop March 27–28, 2020 in Washington, DC
Jordan Cash On-Campus Manuscript Workshop Feb. 29, 2020 in Charlottesville, VA
Kevin Vallier Manuscript Workshop Jan. 31–Feb. 1, 2020 in Arlington, VA