New History of Knowledge

Doktorandkurs i kunskapshistoria



Doctoral courses


Starting now in the fall of 2016, the Joint Nordic Research School called “Knowledge moves” will offer doctoral courses in Sweden and Norway on a yearly basis:

Knowledge moves sets out to explore knowledge situations. We focus on the temporalities, spatialities and materialities of knowledge, the plurality of actors and practices as well as the mediations and infrastructures, with the aim to jointly develop inclusive approaches that can address the cultural, social, economic and political challenges posed by historical and contemporary orders of knowledge. The school brings together multi- and transdisciplinary perspectives from the history of science and technology, STS, anthropology, cultural studies, architecture, design, landscape and urbanism, environmental history and political ecology, with a focus on, but not limited to history.

The project extends from 2016 to 2020 with a themed course each year which together form the Knowledge moves course cycle.

The first course in the cycle, knowledge, space and design is held in fall 2016 at AHO, Oslo.

For further information, see

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The Nordic Network

the nordic networkThe Nordic Network was founded at a workshop at Häckeberga castle on the 19th of August 2016. Together we dedicated two days to discussing the circulation of knowledge and how to develop the analytical foundations underpinning the history of knowledge. A broad range of issues were discussed: empirical, methodological, theoretical and critical, spanning a vast field of cases, from sea monsters of the 15th century to sexology in the late 20th century.


A New History of Knowledge

This project seeks to put our present knowledge-permeated discourse in perspective by developing a new field of scholarly inquiry: the history of knowledge. Our point of departure is that knowledge is in essence a historical phenomenon that must necessarily be studied in broad societal contexts. In recent years, the history of knowledge has slowly started to be written, albeit piecemeal by a handful of research initiatives. It remains a young and still far from coherent field; its greatest benefit is that it puts knowledge—not science, culture, or ideas—at the centre of the historical endeavour. Our purpose, however, is to embark on a comprehensive programme, combining theoretical considerations and empirical analyses. By doing so, we will explore how history—by contrasts and comparisons, as well as by linkages and genealogies—can elucidate contemporary conditions.

Workshop: “Kunskap i cirkulation”, 18-19 aug 2016

”Kunskap i cirkulation” Lund, 18–19 augusti 2016

Syftet med sensommarens workshop är att vi tillsammans ska börja utveckla den generella historiska förståelsen av fenomenet kunskapscirkulation. Vår konkreta målsättning är att arbetet ska mynna ut i en antologi, utgiven på engelska på ett förlag som tillämpar sakkunniggranskning. Ambitionen är att vår publikation ska ge ett vägande och originellt bidrag till den framväxande internationella forskningsdiskussionen. En utgångspunkt för arbetet på workshoppen är en samling av fyra texter som på olika
sätt behandlar kunskapscirkulation.

• James Secord, ”Knowledge in Transit”, Isis 95:4 (2004)
En grundläggande text på området som har bidragit starkt till att formera den vetenskapshistoriska
diskussionen om kunskapscirkulation.
• Johan Östling & David Larsson Heidenblad, ”Cirkulation. Nyckeln till en ny kunskapshistoria” (2016)
Texten ger en historiografisk överblick och ett distinkt bud på hur cirkulation kan förstås, användas och vidareutvecklas. Den befinner sig för närvarande under granskning och får därför inte spridas vidare.
• Wiebe Keim, ”Conceptualizing Circulation of Knowledge in the Social Sciences” (2014)
En teoretisk artikel som från ett sociologiskt perspektiv griper in i den internationella
forskningsdiskussionen och ger ett alternativt bud på hur cirkulation bör förstås.
• Erling Sandmo, ”The History of Knowledge” (2016)
En ansökan till Norges forskningsråd (insänd i maj 2016) som ger en uppfattning om hur vi förstår kunskapshistoria som ett fält. Ansökan befinner sig under beredning; sprid den inte.


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