Freitag, 09. April 2021, 09:00 - 16:00 iCal

Motions of Knowledge - Knowledge in Motion

Conceptualizing Knowledge Circulation for Historical Research

15th Annual Graduate Conference in European History GRACEH 2021





Weitere Termine

Mittwoch, 07. April 2021, 13:00 - 19:00

Donnerstag, 08. April 2021, 09:00 - 18:00

Currently, knowledge and the status of knowledge are increasingly being contested in discourses outside academia, for example through the circulation of so-called alternative facts on social mediaand by leading political figures. History of Knowledge has appeared as a field of research in the 2000s which is not only concerned with knowledge as a “product” and the question whether certain forms of knowledge are “true” or “false”, “good” or “bad”, “useful” or “useless”. Instead, its interest lies with the actors, practices and processes that revolve around and constitute knowledge. New History of Knowledge asks how, when, and possibly why a certain type of knowledge appears, disappears, and further, what effects it has, in which contexts it functions and who its carriers are (Sarasin 2011, 165).

In accordance with this new approach, we refer to Philipp Sarasin when defining knowledge as an intrinsically historical phenomenon: It circulates between people, groups and institutions and constantly evolves, changes and realizes anew (Sarasin 2011, 166). “Circulation of knowledge” as a concept brings together heterogeneous actors, spatialities, practices, systems as well as orders of knowledge, which provides the opportunity to reconceptualize established spatial, chronological, social and cultural categories (Raj 2007). Furthermore, this concept enables us to detect dynamic movement between often overlooked actors, places and social settings – even in asymmetrical power relations (Kreuder-Sonnen 2018, 13).

The aim of this conference is to discuss various analytical dimensions of the “circulation of knowledge”, their potential and possible limitations for historical research. The theme of the conference allows us to welcome a wide range of topics, which are not limited to European history.


The GRACEH (Graduate Conference in European History) series was launched in Budapest in 2007, and is co-organized since 2010 by Central European University, the European University Institute and the University of Vienna. In 2020, the University of Oxford has joined the conference series for the first time. The conference is hosted annually by one of the institutions. The central aim of GRACEH is to create a network of graduate students and early career researchers in the field of European history, covering topics that range from the early modern period to the recent past. It functions as a platform for historiographical, methodological, and theoretical discussion amongpeers and senior academics.

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Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät


Florence Klauda
Institut für Zeitgeschichte