Knowledge Notes

Occasional notes on calls, events, publications, and more that caught our attention. Please tweet or email us your own items.


  • Lake Constance-Retreat “History of Knowledge” 2021, University of Constance, September 29 – October 1, 2021, in person and online. Application Deadline: July 18, 2021.

The aim of the retreat is to discuss current research perspectives in the history of knowledge, their further development and profiling through intensive discussions in a smaller group.

We invite papers from across a range of disciplines that address screen media, media technologies, digital care, medical knowledge, and health activism. Although we welcome work on established medicine and health care, we are particularly interested in feminist histories of media practices, media objects, and activist efforts that have taken digital and screen media as mechanisms for contesting and negotiating power and authority over care. Drawing from disability studies and crip theory, trans and queer theory, feminist studies, and critical race studies, we welcome papers that focus on “informal networks of care,” on processes and peoples which institutional perspectives might demote but which for us are the real spaces of emergence and innovation.

  • Workshop: “New Worlds, Old Worlds, Lost Worlds: Picturing Prehistory in American Art and Visual Culture,” Institut national d’histoira de l’art, Paris, April 7-8, 2022. Proposal deadline: November 15, 2021.

We particularly wish to focus on how such images functioned as a way of “worldmaking,” to imagine and invent deep pasts and distant origins. We will ask about the relationships between production, circulation, and reception, as well as between image, media, form, and concepts of time.

The word “robot” is a Czech invention. As the word traveled to English speaking areas and from there to other languages and cultures, did the robot on this journey become something else? For robots and AI, more generally, we want to explore how they are imagined, defined, described, comprehended, constructed or even misunderstood before and after they become a technological reality – how they are constituted in language, how cosmopolitan or intercultural they are. We are hoping for contributions from linguistics, philosophy, cultural and gender studies, history of technology, STS, and literature.




We thank Janna Mueller for assembling this list.