Knowledge Notes

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

Short-term Fellowships, Grants, and Internships

Lessons of the Cold War? – Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives, deadline July 25, 2023. Twenty grants of EUR 2,700 each offered by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Gerda-Henkel-Tandemstipendien für Globale Ideengeschichte, deadline July 2, 2023. Grants of EUR 2,300 per month for research tandems – consisting of two researchers with expertise in different fields – to uncover global entanglements and “transcultural connections between bodies of knowledge.” Residence at the Gotha Research Centre (Erfurt University, Germany).

Scholar in Residence at the Eisenbibliothek 2023, deadline June 30, 2023. Grants meant to partially cover expenses for researchers using the Eisenbibliothek’s holdings in Schlatt, Switzerland. Projects would preferably be on the “the history of technology and materials science and the history of metallurgy and mining” but could also be on “the history of chemistry, the history of science or industrial history and culture.”

The deadline for the next round of German Historical Institute Washington internships is approaching July 31, 2023.These internships give students of history, political science, public relations, and public administration at German and U.S. universities an opportunity to gain experience at a scholarly research institute. With the GHI’s current research focus on the history of knowledge, students of this field are particularly encouraged to apply.

Long-term Fellowships and Jobs

Postdoctoral research fellowships ‘Science, Society and Environmental Change in the First Millennium CE,’ deadline June 14/16, 2023. Three three-year fellowships, each worth EUR 85,500, for postdoctoral researchers at Università Ca' Foscari in Venice, Italy. To historians of knowledge, the fellowship on the “history of science in the eastern Mediterranean in the first millennium CE, and the connections between the study of pre-modern science and the environmental contexts of the writers” might be of special interest.

The GHI Washington is also continuing to look for a Deputy Director/Head of Office to manage the Pacific Office at UC Berkeley.


“WissensWelten (15. Arbeitstagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frühe Neuzeit im VHD),” deadline August 31, 2023. The Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands’ Working Group on Early Modern History invites session proposals for its conference on “cultures of knowledge” and the “global dimension of knowledge” during the early modern period. The conference will be held at the Gotha Research Centre (Erfurt University, Germany) between September 19 and 21, 2024.

“Why Intelligence? The Political and Social Roots of a Scientific Object,” deadline July 31, 2023. Workshop organized by the Chair for the History of Science at Erfurt University, Germany, and held on February 22 and 23, 2024. The aim of the workshop is to discuss “the social and political conditions that allowed intelligence to advance to its leading position in the scientific agenda, as well as the constellation of developments in both sciences and humanities that prepared its brilliant career.”

“Sights of Insight: Meteorological Knowledge between Observation and Theory,” deadline June 15, 2023. The editors of an upcoming anthology in the Brill series “Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture” are asking for papers on meteorology during the early modern period and beyond.


“The World of Daniel Sennert (1572-1637): Creation and Dissemination of Medical Knowledge in the 17th Century,” conference at the Gotha Research Centre (Erfurt University, Germany) on June 8 and 9, 2023. Keep an eye out for the conference report!

“Science of Computus in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages,” hybrid conference at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and on Zoom on June 19 and 20, 2023.

“Wissen, Praktiken und Technologien der Umweltgestaltung,” workshop on “formations of knowledge, practices and technologies of environmental design” at Siegen University, Germany, on June 30 and July 1, 2023.


Klaas van Berkel and Ernst Homburg, eds., The Laboratory Revolution and the Creation of the Modern University, 1830-1940. The most recent volume in the Amsterdam University Press’s Studies in the History of Knowledge series, this volume traces the origins of the modern university in laboratory expansion. Published in May 2023.

Peter Burke, Ignorance: A Global History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2023). In February 2023, eminent social historian of knowledge Peter Burke published an introductory global history of the “absence of knowledge” (xii): ignorance.

In addition, scholars at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science have published a number of books in 2023. Among others, these include Thomas Morel, Underground Mathematics: Craft Culture and Knowledge Production in Early Modern Europe; and Hansjakob Ziemer, ed., Journalists and Knowledge Practices: Histories of Observing the Everyday in the Newspaper Age.

Thanks are due to Linus Lanfermann-Baumann for compiling this list. Featured image: Rand McNally & Co.’s twelve-inch terrestrial globe from an 1887 publication. Public domain. Downloadable on Wikimedia Commons and available from the Library of Congress. This image is used to advertise the Gerda Henkel tandem fellowships at the University of Erfurt.