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 Knowledge is produced, adapted, forgotten, rejected, superseded, expanded, reconfigured, and more—always by human beings (at least in this more-or-less pre-AI age), alone or in communities, always in culturally, socially,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
    • Developing Knowledge Societies: Africa Needs a Linguistic Revolution

      Wednesday, 21. February 2018 - African societies are on the brink of changing from postcolonial societies into global knowledge societies. Digitalization and globalization could enhance their transformation from knowledge-consuming to knowledge-producing societies, which would also help bring full mental decolonization to...

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    • CfP Reminder: Abandoned Encyclopedia Projects

      Monday, 19. February 2018 - Stranded encyclopedias: encyclopedic dreams and practices c. 1600–2000, Stockholm, September 13–14, 2018; deadline: March 1.

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    • Knowledge Notes

      Friday, 16. February 2018 - Call: Foreign Knowlege—Medieval Attitudes towards the Unknown, workshop in Bochum, Germany, June 14–16, 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...

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    • Economic Personae: The Making of Financial Identity in America

      Monday, 12. February 2018 - In 1936, actor Ian Keith petitioned a Los Angeles court to change his legal name. Born in Boston as Ian Macaulay Ross in 1899, Keith had honed his skills on Broadway stages before transitioning to the silver screen. By the mid-1930s, he was a familiar face in dozens of Hollywood films. He played...

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    • Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Intersection of an Anthropology of Knowledge and Global Political History

      Monday, 05. February 2018 - Deadline: March 9, 2018 Inanna Hamtati-Ataya reports on two postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for an ERC-funded project she is leading at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. Continue Reading

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