Workshop 22-24/3: Politics of Knowledge

Ever since the birth of the modern state, the production of knowledge has been closely entwined with politics. From the early inscription registers, through the sanatoriums to the peoples- and same sex schools, production of knowledge has been defined by the needs of the nation-state and of citizenship. But education has also been discussed in terms of an individual’s inner and particular self-development, what is often referred to in terms of Bildung. In a parallel development issues such as climate change have created divisions between nations as well as political parties on the purpose and impact of science for legislation and spurred international movements of science deniers. Knowledge is increasingly becoming politicized, from the way in which knowledge is produced, through formulations of the purpose of knowledge production, to the use of knowledge in politics. The workshop will processes of politicizing knowledge as a social process in the contemporary as well as in history, and aims at letting findings within social science and history enlighten each other.


Schedule ’Politics of Knowledge’

All panels will take place in A233.

politics of knowledge_schedule (pdf)



12.30 Opening

13.00 KEY-NOTE: Sharon Rider: Occupy Bildung!


15.00 Coffe


15.30 Panel 1: Knowledge, Bildung, Education: truth in the public sphere

Johan Söderberg:

Den sociologiska visionen i post-sanningens tidevarv

Asger Sørensen:

Bildung as Democratic Opinion and Will Formation. Habermas beyond Habermas.

Tomas Wedin:

Educational Equality: A Politico-Temporal Approach

Leo Berglund:

The Politics of Critical Education: an Analysis of the Critic as a Pedagogical Product



09.30 KEY-NOTE: Kristoffer Kropp: Why we need Historical Sociological Analyses of the Social Sciences and How it can be Done 

11.00 Panel 2: Knowledge circulation

Johan Östling:

Circulating Knowledge in Society: Postwar Examples and Contemporary Challenges

Linnea Bring Larsson:

The Swedish State, Jacob Serenius, and English Books on Husbandry: The Complex Tale of Agricultural Knowledge Circulation in the Beginning of 18th Century Europe


12.00 Lunch served in the lunch room


13.30 Panel 3: Theory and history at the intersection

Karolina Enquist Källgren:

The Public and the Social form: Two Concepts to Explain the Medium of Circulation in Historic Knowledge Circulation

Carl-Göran Heidegren:

Alienation. Old and new Approaches

Anders Ramsay:

Marx in the cold war. Hannah Arendt’s book that could not be Written

Øjvind Larsen:

Property, Legitimate Political Governance, Religious Hegemony and the Expansion of Capitalism – Max Weber’s Religious Sociological Perspective on the Forms of Understanding Economy


15.30 Coffee break


16.00 Panel 4: History of the Public Sphere

Haakon Bekeng-Flemmen:

When truth hurts: Offence and freedom of speech in the Norwegian blasphemy controversy 1932–1934  

Victor Pressfeldt:

Radical neoliberalism in Sweden: How the neoliberal thought collective inspired the re- structuring of the “Swedish Model”



10.00 Panel 4: Populism and deplorables

Joaquín Valdivielso:

Populism, Critique and Democracy. The Rise and Fall of the Populist Hypothesis in Podemos’ evolution. 

Tómas Gabriél Benjamin:

The Rise of the Deplorables

Peter Aagard:

Disruption of Democracy: The datafication of Issue Networks


11.30 Closure and information (NSU, Seminar of the History of Knowledge)




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