In the 1970s and 1980s, the concept of the “knowledge society” (Wissensgesellschaft ) rapidly gained in popularity among social scientists and politicians in Western countries. The concept referred to a socioeconomic system that was no longer organized around the manufacture of material—especially industrial—goods but instead around the production of knowledge, expertise, and highly specialized skills. Continue reading
Europe in the 1830s and 1840s was marked by political ferment, with various kinds of nationalism and political ideology challenging the international system established by the Congress of Vienna in 1814–15. One potential tool at the disposal of revolutionaries was public opinion abroad, insofar as the international order depended on enforcement by the great powers—Prussia, … Continue reading Diffusing Knowledge about Poland in Britain in the First Half of the 19th Century
Agents of Cultural Change: Jewish and other Responses to Modernity, ca. 1750–1900
- Location: GHI Washington DC
- Dates: October 8–10, 2018
- Deadline for proposals: November 15, 2017
According to the call for papers, the conveners "are particularly interested in contributions that discuss the interdependencies of education and religion and their impact on prevalent systems of knowledge and practices of knowledge production."
The s that is now often added to turn the history of knowledge into the history of knowledges marks a huge challenge. While scholars working within European academic traditions increasingly recognize in principle that there are many kinds of knowledges and endeavor to respect them, any attempt to bring fundamentally different kinds of knowledge into sustained contact is extremely difficult… Continue reading
- Teaching Soviet Children the Language of Science and Technology by Laura Todd at The Language of 'Authoritarian' Regimes, June 28, 2017
- What We Can Learn from Fake News by Paul J. Croce at the History News Network, July 23, 2017
- How African American Activists are Influencing Latinos by Aaron Fountain at Black Perspectives, July 25, 2017
This image of a middled-aged African American woman won't let go of me. Seated at a table doing her writing lessons, many years of experience clearly visible on her face, she reminds me that much knowledge is not bound up in the written word. At the same time, her patient work suggests the power of … Continue reading The Writing Lesson
Marc Flandreau. Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Victorian London can be seen as multiple cities at once: the imperial metropole par excellence, where different political visions clashed in the course of establishing and governing the British Empire; the thumping heart of global capitalism… Continue reading
If you are new to the history of knowledge, but not new to history, the following freely available online readings can help you find your bearings.… Continue reading