Call for Papers

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the Jefferson Fellows at the University of Virginia recently hosted the second biennial Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Scholars from across the United States and the World presented their research at the two-day event.

On the heels of the success of this conference, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is proud to launch a new peer-reviewed academic journal entitled the Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture. The journal is a twice-annual publication intended to present high-quality manuscripts on interdisciplinary topics.  Each journal will also have a theme.  The theme for the first journal will correspond to the conference–“Icons and Iconoclasm.”

We invite scholars in all fields to submit papers exploring the many roles, uses and interpretations of icons, as well as criticisms of their iconic status. Scholars are invited to interpret the terms “image,” “icon,” and “iconoclasm” in different ways.

Some topics may include:

• iconic ideas (scholarly theories, religious beliefs and practices, culture)

• mechanics of icons (construction, transmission, perception, and reception/destruction)

• iconic images (scientific models, branding, maps, artwork)

• iconic figures (historical, religious, literary, political)

Please read the submission guidelines on our website––and email your manuscript to jeffersonjournaluva [at] by Friday, October 29, 2010.


W. J. T. Mitchell Address

Dear All,

W. J. T. Mitchell’s speech at the 2010 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue is now available online.  Please click here to view it.


The FID Committee

FID Underway

The 2010 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue is in its second and final day. The first day of talks went well and was highlighted by a fantastically thoughtful talk by WJT Mitchell.

We will be posting images from the conference as they become available.

WJT Mitchell Keynote Address

A participant at the 2010 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue takes notes at the start of the keynote address by WJT Mitchell.

Final Program Updates

Dear FID Registrants,

There have been some changes made to the final program to accurately reflect panel and presentation titles.  Please download the new document by clicking FID_2010_program.

We look forward to seeing you in Charlottesville!

Phone Number

Driving directions to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation can be found here.  If you happen to get lost or need additional information, feel free to email us or call at 434-243-9029.

Program Available

The conference program has been posted online under the “program” tab on the Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue website.  It is also available for download in PDF form by clicking FID_2010.

At the conference itself, there will be hard copies available for all participants, presenters, and moderators.

We look forward to seeing you in Charlottesville.


The 2010 FID Planning Committee

Transportation Information

Transportation to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation buildings is easy.  If you are staying at the Hampton Inn, there is free shuttle service to the buildings.  If you are staying at the Red Roof Inn, the Courtyard Marriott, or another downtown Charlottesville hotel, we recommend using the Charlottesville Free Trolley.  Click here to see the trolley’s transportation map.

There is also limited parking available on site for those who are driving.  The address of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is 112 Clarke Ct, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22904.  Go to for specific directions.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at 2010.fid [at] if you have any questions.


The 2010 FID Planning Committee