- Call for papers: 8th Gewina Woudschoten Conference—Towards a History of Knowledge, in Zeist near Utrecht, June 21–22, 2019 (application deadline: January 15, 2019), via Marieke Hendriksen (@Ms_History)
- Call for submissions: Women in the History of Science: A Liberating the Curriculum Sourcebook (deadline: January 10, 2019)
- Conference report: Migrant Knowledges: Concepts, Voices, Spaces by Andrea Westermann
- Conference report: Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge by Alrun Schmidtke (@schreiber_in)
- Blog post: Copyrighting Cartography with Fictional Places by Bess Lovejoy at Atlas Obscura
- Blog post: Reconsidering Mechanization in the Industrial Revolution: The Dye Book of William Butt by Lidia Plaza (@_p_liddy) at JHIBLOG
From a report by Jason Farago on a noteworthy exhibit at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany:
By and large, “Mobile Worlds” delivers on its contention that European museums need to do much more than just restitute plundered objects in their collections, important as that is. A 21st-century universal museum has to unsettle the very labels that the age of imperialism bequeathed to us: nations and races, East and West, art and craft. It’s not enough just to call for “decolonization,” a recent watchword in European museum studies; the whole fiction of cultural purity has to go, too. Any serious museum can only be a museum of our entangled past and present. The game is to not to tear down the walls, but to narrate those entanglements so that a new, global audience recognizes itself within them.
See the whole piece in the New York Times.
No matter how clear the exposition of the principles may be [in a lecture], no matter how fresh and striking the illustrations, it still remains that the student is relieved by the instructor from carrying on the mental processes which he ought to conduct for himself.
- CfP deadline extended to March 15 for Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives (Bucerius Young Scholars Forum) at GHI West, Berkeley. The organizers seek papers that rephrase questions and methodological issues in migration history from a history of knowledge perspective or vice versa.
- Marx at 200: A Symposium, April 12, 2018, GHI, Washington, DC. This event is open to all, but you must register by April 5.
- Ancient and Modern Knowledges: Colloquium at the University of Sheffield, June 22–23, 2018. Abstracts due May 1, 2018
- Call: Foreign KnowlegeMedieval Attitudes towards the Unknown, workshop in Bochum, Germany, June 1416, 2018; application due March 31, 2018
- Call: Chronotopos: A Journal of Translation History, first issue, deadline: July 1, 2018
- Reading: Changing Funding Arrangements and the Production of Scientific Knowledge, ed. Jochen Gläser and Kathia Serrano Velarde, special issue of Minerva 56, no. 1 (March 2018).
- Reading: One Thousand Gophers: Information and Emigration in the Early U.S. by J.T. Jameson, JHIBLOG, February 14, 2018
Thursday is a big holiday in the United States, where we are located, so this blog will be quiet until next week. Happy Thanksgiving!
Jim Grossman, executive directer of the American Historical Association, reflects on what historians can do in these challenging times. Not surprisingly, communication is front and center, but his suggestion is more nuanced and very in tune with this period of myriad small publics… Read more