International Summer School on “Sites of Knowledge” at Heidelberg University

May 15, 2013

The question of how and at what locations knowledge is generated is the subject of an international summer school organised by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University this coming August. The summer school “Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation” addresses advanced students and doctoral candidates in the humanities, cultural studies and the social sciences. Applications should be sent to the Cluster by 31 May 2013.

Young scholars from different disciplines will be given the opportunity to discuss topical research issues in the history of ideas and knowledge with researchers from all over the world. 

“Is all knowledge local? And if so, how does the situatedness of knowledge preclude claims to ‘truth’ and ‘universality’?” These issues keenly interest the organiser of the summer school, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, who pursues his research on intellectual history at the Cluster of Excellence. Together with the summer school participants he will attempt to answer these questions and to devise methods for pinpointing and tracing the generation and circulation of knowledge. 

For this purpose, the programme of the school from 4 - 8 August combines lectures with more interactive elements such as reading groups and writing workshops. A public keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Christian Jacob of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (France).

The Summer School 2013 addresses graduate students interested in theories and practices of knowledge production in Asia and Europe working in a wide array of disciplines, ranging from the histories of science and thought, anthropology, sociology, history and philosophy to East, South and Southeast Asian Studies.

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