Putting the pandemic into context

“Many fellow historians of knowledge are currently using a wide variety of media to share their experience and research in an effort to put the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic into context”, the historian Dominik Hünniger writes in a rich and ambitious blogpost [https://historyofknowledge.net/2020/03/23/viral-hive-knowledge-twitter-historians-and-coronavirus-covid-19/] in History of Knowledge. In his contribution, Hünniger highlights ongoing…

Inaugurating LUCK

Last week, the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK) was inaugurated with pomp and circumstance. Some eighty people—colleagues, students, representatives of the university, funding bodies, publishing houses, etc.—took part in the ceremony. After an introduction by the directors of the centre Johan Östling, Anna Nilsson Hammar and David Larsson Heidenblad, our new edited…

Exploring the new history of knowledge

Forms of Knowledge is the first publication by the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK). The volume brings together some twenty historians from different scholarly traditions to develop the history of knowledge. The authors apply different perspectives, maintaining the historicity and situatedness of the production and circulation of knowledge. The book presents the history…

Erling Sandmo in memoriam

Our dear colleague and friend Erling Sandmo has passed away, only 56 years old. He collapsed unexpectedly during a ski trip in Norway.   Erling was a professor of history in Oslo and leader of the newly established centre for historical maps at the National Library of Norway. His area of expertise was early modern…

Confessional knowledge

The contribution introduces the concept confessional knowledge to capture knowledge production, circulation and practices within the specific variants of Christianity that occurred in the confessionally divided Europe, after the Reformation. In the later sixteenth century, three major confessions…

Summer school in the history of knowledge

On 24–27 August 2020, the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK) will for the first time offer a summer school in the history of knowledge. The course will be held in Swedish/Scandinavian languages, and we welcome PhD students and early postdocs to apply. More information (in Swedish) can be found here: Kunskapshistorisk sommarskola…

Phronesis as therapy and cure

In my essay, I explore the concept of knowledge in early Swedish psychotherapy. When it comes to describing mental illness and its treatment there has never been much consensus, but the early twentieth century was particularly marked by heated debates and conflicting…

The raw and the cooked

A central issue in the history of knowledge has been to define what knowledge means as a way of defining what the history of knowledge is about. One way of doing this has been to delimit it from the adjacent concept of information: information is raw whereas knowledge is cooked to use a common distinction…

Developing the History of Knowledge

In March 2020, our new edited volume Forms of Knowledge: Developing the History of Knowledge (Nordic Academic Press) will be published. The book is a product of the newly established Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK) and brings together some twenty historians from different scholarly traditions to develop the history of knowledge. In…