The German Historical Institute Washington has launched a new blog, Migrant Knowledge, at migrantknowledge.org. Begin with the “About” page there to understand what is animating the project.
The Fall 2018 issue of the GHI Bulletin contains a forum entitled “Knowledge and Copyright in Historical Perspective,” edited by Sarah Beringer and Atiba Pertilla. The forum in this free access publication comprises an introduction and three articles:
- “Mondrian’s Dress: Copying (and) the Couture Copy” by Nancy J. Troy;
- “Japanese Industrial Espionage, Foreign Direct Investment, and the Decline of the U.S. Industrial Base in the 1980s,” by Mario Daniels;
- “Why Are Universities Open-Access Laggards?” by Peter Baldwin.
Being a human activity, calculation has a history, even if its operations yield “facts” apparently true in any context. One plus one might always be two, but the methods to arrive at such results, not to mention what they might mean, are another matter. Recent histories involving calculation on this blog include Staffan Müller-Wille and Giuditta Parolini, “Punnett Squares and Hybrid Crosses: How Mendelians Learned Their Trade by the Book”; D. Senthil Babu, “Handbooks of the Mind into Ready Reckoners in Print: The Story of the ‘Encuvati’ in the Nineteenth Century”; and Karine Chemla, “Reading and (Re-)Classifying Canonical Instructions of the Past: Commentaries on ‘The Nine Chapters on Mathematical Procedures’…” Continue reading “Calculation”
Johan Östling’s Humboldt and the Modern German University has been translated from Swedish into English. Even better, this Lund University Press publication is OpenAccess and can be downloaded as a PDF.
From the abstract:
By combining approaches from intellectual history, conceptual history and the history of knowledge, the study investigates the ways in which Humboldt’s ideas have been appropriated for various purposes in different historical contexts and epochs. Ultimately, it shows that Humboldt’s ideals are not timeless—they are historical phenomena and have always been determined by the predicaments and issues of the day.
The folks at the New History of Knowledge project have published an informative book entitled Circulation of Knowledge: Explorations in the History of Knowledge, edited by Johan Östling et al. (Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2018). The book is available to read without restrictions as an open access PDF file. The introduction includes useful information about the history of knowledge in relation to other subfields of history.
Knowledge and Migration, a special issue of Geschichte und Gesellschaft edited by Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg, is appearing very soon (vol. 43, no. 3, 2017). Here is an overview of the predominantly English contents:
- Simone Lässig und Swen Steinberg, “Knowledge on the Move: New Approaches toward a History of Migrant Knowledge”
- Rebekka von Mallinckrodt, “Verhandelte (Un-)Freiheit: Sklaverei, Leibeigenschaft und innereuropäischer Wissenstransfer am Ausgang des 18. Jahrhunderts”
- H. Glenn Penny, “From Migrant Knowledge to Fugitive Knowledge? German Migrants and Knowledge Production in Guatemala, 1880s-1945”
- Jan Logemann, “Consumer Modernity as Cultural Translation. European Émigrés and Knowledge Transfers in Mid-Twentieth-Century Design and Marketing”
- Miriam Rürup, “Legal Expertise and Biographical Experience: Statelessness, Migrants, and the Shaping of a New Legal Knowledge in the Postwar World”
- Brian Van Wyck, “Guest Workers in the School? Turkish Teachers and the Production of Migrant Knowledge in West German Schools, 1971-1989”
Updated to include links to the abstracts
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.
- Paul N. Edwards et al., AHR Conversation: “Historical Perspectives on the Circulation of Information,” The American Historical Review 116, no. 5 (December 2011): 1393–1435.
- “Interview with Peter Burke on the Social History of Knowledge,” Theory, Culture, and Society, November 15, 2010.
- “Peter Burke on Writing The Social History of Knowledge,” Theory, Culture, and Society, December 21, 2010.
- Simone Lässig, “The History of Knowledge and the Expansion of the Historical Research Agenda,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 59 (Fall 2016): 29–58.
- Jürgen Renn, “From the History of Science to the History of Knowledge—and Back,” Centaurus 57, no. 1 (February 2015): 37–53.
- Henk Wals, “How Does Knowledge Accumulate? Circulation Processes in a Long-Term Perspective,” in The Global and the Local: The History of Science and the Cultural Integration of Europe, Proceedings of the 2nd ICESHS (Cracow, Poland, September 6–9, 2006), edited by M. Kokowski.
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