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 Knowledge is produced, adapted, forgotten, rejected, superseded, expanded, reconfigured, and more—always by human beings (at least in this more-or-less pre-AI age), alone or in communities, always in culturally, socially,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
    • Knowledge Notes

      Thursday, 07. November 2019 - Fellowship: Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem Program in the History of Migration at GHI Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley. Application deadline: January 15, 2020. (Why migration on a blog about knowledge? See the Knowledge and Migration page on this site.) Reading: Martin Collins and Teasel...

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    • Marginalized Migrant Knowledge: The Reception of German-Speaking Refugee Historians in West Germany after 1945

      Wednesday, 06. November 2019 - Today we offer two examples of academic knowledge on the move in tandem with the Migrant Knowledge blog. Anna Corsten looks at the reception of two German-speaking refugee historians in West Germany, and Razak Khan discusses the place of certain travel experiences in Magnus Hirschfeld’s...

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    • Knowledge in Transit: Global Encounters and Transformation in Magnus Hirschfeld’s Travelogue

      Wednesday, 06. November 2019 - In spite of all, in spite of all—the time will come when man will reach out his hand to his brother, all over the world. —Magnus Hirschfeld   Magnus Hirschfield (1868–1935) was a world-renowned pioneer in sexology.1 Years of his modern scientific knowledge production on...

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    • Knowledge Notes

      Tuesday, 29. October 2019 - Call for Papers: “Entangled Pasts and Presents: Temporal Interactions and Knowledge Production in the Study of Hellenistic Central Asia.” Fourth Conference of the Hellenistic Central Asia Research Network. Proposal deadline: November 15, 2019. HT @hsozkult. Call for Papers...

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    • Tracking Entangled Provenances: Knowledge Production in Relation to Objects

      Wednesday, 23. October 2019 - We are publishing this article in conjunction with the 6th German/American Provenance Exchange Program (PREP) in Washington, DC.   Where is the object from? Who did it belong to? How did it enter the collection? Nowadays, hardly any curator can avoid dealing with these questions before...

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