Do you do historical research involving knowledge as a socially determined product of human beings and activities? If so, you are involved in the history of knowledge. Whether or not you label yourself and your work in such terms, we would like to hear from you. We invite you to share some thoughts about your … Continue reading Call for Contributions
Have you looked at the Showcase page of this blog? If not, a quick visit might yield some interesting reading, including freely available articles from the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute (Washington, DC): Pamela H. Smith, "Why Write a Book? From Lived Experience to the Written Word in Early Modern Europe" (Fall 2010) Ricky … Continue reading Showcase Page
Here are the ten photographs from which the current selection of randomized header images on this blog were drawn. All of these images are housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. What do these photographs have to do with the history of knowledge? What stories do they tell? What questions do they raise?
We do not have comments turned on for this blog, but that does not mean that we want no discussion. Far from it. We invite responses to posts here via Twitter or Facebook. Alternatively, you could write a blog post, whether for your own blog or for possible inclusion on History of Knowledge. Or if … Continue reading Discussion
Knowledge does not simply exist, awaiting discovery and use. Knowledge is produced, adapted, forgotten, rejected, superseded, expanded, reconfigured, and more—always by human beings (at least in this more-or-less pre-AI age), alone or in communities, always in culturally, socially, economically, and institutionally specific contexts. Knowledge is central to most purposeful human practices, whether at work, in … Continue reading Welcome to ‘History of Knowledge’