The University of Oxford’s Transnational and Global History group is pleased to invite doctoral students and early-career researchers to submit abstracts for a one-day interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Global Knowledge’, to be held at Ertegun House, Oxford on 10 May 2013, with a keynote address by Professor Sir Christopher Bayly. It is being planned in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Global History’s ‘Empires of Knowledge’ workshop on 9 May 2013.
This workshop seeks to illuminate how knowledge, broadly defined, has migrated beyond national or local boundaries and what effects it has had. Whether considering the early expansion of Islam in the seventh and eighth centuries, or the proliferation of transnational networks in the modern era, the movement of knowledge consistently serves to shape distant societies, often producing profoundly different results than had been originally intended. Yet the history of knowledge has remained largely confined to the domains of national or regional history.
We aim to provide a forum for discussion and debate between a broad range of disciplines that help advance our understanding of ‘Global Knowledge.’ We invite papers that adopt global or transnational perspectives on this theme during any period of history up to the present.
Some questions that applicants might wish to consider when preparing an abstract include:
• How does knowledge develop, inspire or subvert when moving across or between regions?
• How do international bodies and transnational networks effect the flow of knowledge?
• What are the effects of war, conflict or evolving order on the movement of knowledge?
• How does comparing political, cultural, scientific, religious or strategic knowledge across civilisations and historical eras contribute to our understanding of fields in the humanities and social sciences?
• How is knowledge bounded or controlled?
• What is the relationship between trade and knowledge?
• How do forms of knowledge materialise?
• What role does knowledge play in shaping social norms?
Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) along with a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submitting an abstract is Thursday 31 January 2013.
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