History of Knowledge Blog

GHI's History of Knowledge Blog

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 Knowledge is produced, adapted, forgotten, rejected, superseded, expanded, reconfigured, and more—always by human beings (at least in this more-or-less pre-AI age), alone or in communities, always in culturally, socially,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 the family, or for worship, whether implicitly or explicitly, whether passed down by hands-on training or through books and other storage and retrieval systems. Both product and basis of human interactions, knowledge has a history. Indeed, human history cannot be understood apart from the history of knowledge.

This blog aims to serve as a venue for the exchange of ideas and information on the history of knowledge. It is currently managed by a small team at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, but it desires contributions by and engagement with scholars working elsewhere.

  • Latest Posts
    • Hurricanes, Climate Change, and Adaptation: The Roles of Knowledge and Memory in Past and Present

      Tuesday, 14. November 2017 - This year is not the first time in the United States that climate change became a politically charged, hotly debated topic during a very active hurricane season. A comparable situation occurred in the 2005 season, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast. Similar to current federal...

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    • Some Links related to the Historian’s Profession

      Friday, 10. November 2017 - "History, Historians, and 'the Current Moment,'" Perspectives, November 2017 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...

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    • Career Options in 1938

      Thursday, 02. November 2017 - Read more

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    • Time for Spooky Tales

      Wednesday, 25. October 2017 - See the poster

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    • Call: Migration, Youth, and Knowledge

      Monday, 23. October 2017 - The Nexus of Migration, Youth, and Knowledge Panel series at the 2018 Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Pittsburgh September 27–30, 2018 Conveners: Andrea Westermann (GHI West, Berkeley), Onur Erdur (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Deadline: December 15...

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