The History of Knowledge: Limits and Potentials of a New Approach

In the German humanities, the term Wissensgeschichte, or history of knowledge, is enjoying frequent use. Some years ago, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and the University of Zurich created a Centre for the History of Knowledge or, as it is called in German, the Zentrum für Geschichte des Wissens (ZGW). Philosophers, historians of … Continue reading The History of Knowledge: Limits and Potentials of a New Approach

CfP: Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context

Via George Khalil (Transregionale Studien) and Harald Rosenbach (Max Weber Stiftung) comes a call for papers for a conference on periodization. Epochal divisions and terminologies such as "antiquity," "baroque," the "classical age," the "renaissance," or "postmodernity," the "long 19th," or "short 20th" centuries are more than mere tools used pragmatically to arrange school curricula or … Continue reading CfP: Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context

Some Useful Categories of Knowledge for Understanding Migration

A good decision is based on knowledge… –Plato   I never thought Plato and I shared a common scholarly interest. My research on the millions of eastern Europeans who emigrated to the United States (ancestors of the subjects of Bruce Springsteen songs) at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries seemed far removed from what … Continue reading Some Useful Categories of Knowledge for Understanding Migration

Towards a History of Missionary Knowledge? Impressions from the Conference “Mapping Entanglements”

On February 10 and 11, we held a conference entitled "Mapping Entanglements: Missionary Knowledge and ‘Materialities’ across Space and Time (16th–20th centuries)." Broadly speaking, the conference posited that what we know about missionaries is not the same as what we know from missionaries, and it aimed to examine the history of the latter under the … Continue reading Towards a History of Missionary Knowledge? Impressions from the Conference “Mapping Entanglements”

The “Academic ‘Nachwuchs’ ” Label in Germany

Ein Forscher, eine Forscherin ist meines Erachtens mit Abschluss der Promotion wissenschaftlich mündig. After earning a PhD, a scholar has, in my opinion, reached academic adulthood. I have only ever heard the German term Nachwuchs in an academic context, which I understood to be a label for people rather junior in the profession, "trainees" or … Continue reading The “Academic ‘Nachwuchs’ ” Label in Germany

Notes on Colonial-Imperial Knowledge Formation

Historiographical notes blogged by a PhD student in New Zealand, S.D. Carpenter: A number of scholars of British India have sought to understand the ways in which British power was exercised through constructing knowledge about Indian societies, including their histories and literatures, languages and geographies. At one end of the spectrum, intellectual followers of Edward Said … Continue reading Notes on Colonial-Imperial Knowledge Formation