History of Knowledge at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Philadelphia #AHA23

The History of Knowledge will be featured in several panels at the 136th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Philadelphia from January 5-8, 2023. If you’ll be attending, please check out some of the sessions below. One of this blog’s editors, Mario Peters, is also presenting, so feel free to find him at his talk Friday afternoon,“The Intercontinental Railway and the Contentious Production of Knowledge,” to talk about submitting a contribution for the blog! (See Session 128 below.) For more information on the specific papers, please follow the link to the AHA Annual Meeting Program.

History of Knowledge Panels

Friday, January 6, 2023, 8:30 – 10 a.m. Marriott – Grand Ballroom Salon C (5th floor)

Session 58: Indigenous Knowledge and Colonial Entanglements in the Americas, with Cynthia Radding, Justyna Olko, Omar Aguilar Sanchez, Hal Langfur, José Manuel Moreno Vega.

Friday, January 6, 2023, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Loews – Commonwealth Hall D (2nd floor).

Session 96: The Transmission and Circulation of Colonial Knowledge, with Karen Ordahl Kupperman, David Givens, James D. Rice, and E.M. Rose.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, 3:30-5 p.m. Marriott – Grand Ballroom Salon B (5th floor)

Session 128: Infrastructure, Knowledge, and US Imperialism in the Americas, c. 1890–1970, with Christine Keiner, Caroline Lieffers, Andreas Greiner, Julie Velásquez Runk, and Mario Peters.

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 8:30-10 a.m. – Loews – Washington Room A (3rd floor)

Session 144: Forging a Nation with Transnational Science: Knowledge Production on Chinese Terms, 1880–1960, with Ruth Rogaski, JJ Reynolds-Strange, Guangshuo Yang, Rachel Wallner, and Aijie Shi.

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 1:30-3 p.m. Marriott – Grand Ballroom Salon A (5th floor)

Session 199: Environment, Empire, Knowledge, and Power in Comparative Perspective, with Prakash Kumar, Andrea Duffy, and Peter Lavelle.

In addition, some individual papers in other sessions feature history of knowledge perspectives, such as Casey Schmitt of Cornell University, “Involuntary Cosmopolitans: Forced Mobility, Networks of Knowledge, and Empire,” in Session 21 – Subaltern Cosmopolitans in the 17th- and 18th-Century Atlantic World: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown – Room 404 (4th floor).

Other Presentations by GHI-affiliated Researchers:

Andreas Greiner: “Grounding Aviation Knowledge: Pan American Airways’ Airfields as Sites of Knowledge Production and Transfer,” Session 128 (see above, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown – Grand Ballroom Salon B (5th floor)

Jana Keck: “Migrant Connections: A Digital Research Infrastructure for German American History,” Saturday, January 7, 2023, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown – Franklin Hall Prefunction (4th floor).

Migration and Mobility Panel Sponsored by the German Historical Institute Washington

And for papers related to the history of migration and mobility by GHI-affiliated researchers Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş, Swen Steinberg, and chaired by our director Simone Lässig, see

Session 30: In Global Transit: Refugees and Other Forced Migrants Coping with Contingency on the Move, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Loews – Regency Ballroom A (2nd floor mezzanine). For full details, see the roundup on our sister blog Migrant Knowledge.

Thanks are due to Jonathan Batz for help in compiling this list.