No one would like to be called a "Professor of Ignorance," yet we know that ignorance has a history. This suggests that historians should find a way to write it.
The painted sky not only fascinates kids at the museum, it also reveals an understanding of the Milky Way as shaped by the interaction of different types of knowledge.
Members of two Accademie in Rome agreed that “All humans, by nature, desire knowledge,” yet their views on the role of disegno in knowledge acquisition differed. Walking around Rome helped reveal subtle differences and connections.
Holding back for future gain: How archives and bureaucracy aided “sustainable” investment strategies in Amsterdam and Saxony.
Furnishing an Apt Response: Language, Interpretation, and Bureaucratic Knowledge in Early Modern Korea
In Chosŏn Korea, good interpreters required knowledge and skills that went far beyond language learning: their unique practices allowed them to navigate a both rigid and volatile bureaucracy.
What started out as a simple paper chase soon became a project about Qing efforts to generate and track information about local administrative activities...
Useful to Whom? How Bureaucracy Shapes What We Know about Technology in the Early Modern Iberian State
Historians often describe Iberian administrators as diligent record keepers of “useful” knowledge, but what motivated local bureaucrats was often the desire to show that they knew how to follow the rules.
Scientists, physicians, and state officials argued that the mental and moral development of students resulted from studying nature—just like their peers in philology and classical languages.
Nine case studies explore how institutions, and people interacting with them, made sense of their own administered worlds.