The following call, in German, is about memory and narrative, which means it’s also about public history and, implicitly, public knowledge of Germany’s Nazi past: Conference: Gedenkstättengeschichte(n). KZ-Gedenkstätten in postnationalsozialistischen Gesellschaften von 1945 bis heute – Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven, February 16–18, 2022, Hamburg. Deadline: September 30, 2021. Another conference that looks at historical narratives in … Continue reading Knowledge Notes: Upcoming Deadlines
Trying to understand German migration to the United States in the nineteenth century raises the problem of how the U.S. migration regime shaped the data that researchers rely on in the first place.
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“It would be difficult,” the former officer George Gleig wrote in 1825, “to convey to the mind of an ordinary reader anything like a correct notion of the state of feeling which takes possession of a man waiting for the commencement of a battle.” Nonetheless, he tried to do just that. Time, Gleig asserted, “appears … Continue reading ‘Emotion Knowledge’ and Life Writing in English Military Memoirs, 1820s to 1840s
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The very first monthly astronomical journal in Germany: The Celestial Police and their structures of communication
By Janna Katharina Müller Editorial note: Janna Katharina Müller studies the history and theory of science and technology [“Theorie und Geschichte der Wissenschaft und Technik”] at the Technische Universität Berlin. She’s currently working on her Master’s thesis focusing on the emergence and formation of a concept of the newly discovered asteroids between Mars and Jupiter in the first years after their discovery, 1801–1813. The title of her thesis is: “Von Planeto-Cometen und planetarischen Fragmenten. Die Himmels-Polizey und Asteroidenforschung im frühen 19. Jahrhundert.“ In the … Continue reading The very first monthly astronomical journal in Germany: The Celestial Police and their structures of communication
The conference “Contested Knowledge in a Connected World” brings together researchers from the large-scale research project “Knowledge Unbound: Internationalisation, Networking, Innovation in and by the Max Weber Stiftung”. The project is pursuing the aims of opening up innovative areas of research, strengthening the internationalisation of the foundation’s activity and expanding cooperation between the foundation’s institutes and external partners.
The authors discuss disparagement practices using the „invectivity“ approach developed at the TU Dresden. Shaming helps demarcate in-groups from out-groups, feeding communication loops and producing emotions beyond the immediate parties involved.
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Louis Agassiz (1807–1873) was a young student at the University of Munich when Johann von Spix and Carl Friedrich von Martius returned from their expedition to Brazil. Among the many items and specimens the German naturalists brought back were fish. The methodology they had followed on their journey through what was then part of the … Continue reading Louis Agassiz and the Classification of Brazil’s Fish
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By Adam Mestyan. Some years ago I came across a fragmented, nineteenth-century Arabic manuscript in Cairo. The work, The Garden of Ismail’s Praise, caught my eye as one of a number of compositions written in praise of Ismail Pasha (r. 1863–1879), the “khedive”, or Ottoman governor, of Egypt.
A little article about this blog that I wrote with Kerstin von der Krone is now open access. See “Blogging Histories of Knowledge in Washington, D.C.,” in “Digital History,” ed. Simone Lässig, special issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47, no. 1 (2021): 163–74. The abstract reads: The authors reflect on their experiences as the founding editors … Continue reading Blogging Histories of Knowledge in the Context of Digital History
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Conference: What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad? Intellectual Virtues and Vices in the History of Philosophy. Utrecht University, November 25–26, 2021. Proposal deadline: August 21, 2021. Conference: Professorial Career Patterns Reloaded – Data, Methods and Analysis of Digital Humanities Research in the Field of Early Modern Academic History. Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, and HTWK … Continue reading Six Calls That Caught Our Attention
Germans Go Subtropical: Migration and the Quest for Environmental-Climatic Knowledge in South America
German migration in subtropical South America began in the early nineteenth century. It lasted for almost 150 years and shaped one of the most extensive projects of transnational forest colonization and global agricultural exchange in history. This experience catalyzed the formation of different bodies of knowledge, many of them currently either lost or “fugitive,” as … Continue reading Germans Go Subtropical: Migration and the Quest for Environmental-Climatic Knowledge in South America
Occasional notes on calls, events, publications, and more that caught our attention. Please tweet or email us your own items. Calls Lake Constance-Retreat “History of Knowledge” 2021, University of Constance, September 29 – October 1, 2021, in person and online. Application Deadline: July 18, 2021. The aim of the retreat is to discuss current research … Continue reading Knowledge Notes
On May 18th, I hosted a seminar about information history, a topic that seems to have gained momentum in recent years. My interest in information as a historical phenomenon began as an attempt to inquire into the prehistory of the Danish public libraries.1 For some years, I have also had a strong interest in the … Continue reading A Seminar about Information History: Why?
By Amani Albedah (Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences). This contribution offers a preliminary perspective on the state of the humanities today, as knowledge production takes an unprecedented turn in human history.
Occasional notes on calls, events, publications, and more that caught our attention. Please tweet or email us your own items. Calls Seminar series: Craft History Workshop: A Works-in-Progress Seminar for Interdisciplinary Histories of Making is seeking proposals for its 2021–22 seminar season. Submission deadline: July 31, 2021. Workshop: Science and Religion: Doing Science in Conservative … Continue reading Knowledge Notes
On March 2, 2021, the 117th birthday of Theodor Geisel, the children’s book author and illustrator behind the Dr. Seuss pseudonym, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it would “cease publication and licensing” of six titles in its collection because the listed books “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”1 A new battle in … Continue reading The Dr. Seuss Controversy and the Serious Business of Curating Knowledge of the World for Children
History of Knowledge Seminar Series @ Utrecht University “Bureaucracy as Knowledge” with Christine von Oertzen (MPIWG, Berlin) and Sebastian Felten (University of Vienna) Thursday, June 10, 2021, 15:30-17:00 (CET) Online via Microsoft Teams (registration not required) Bureaucracy was a term of critique that in Europe around 1900 became an analytical concept for world-historical comparison, most … Continue reading Online Seminar: Bureaucracy as Knowledge