LAGLOBAL CONCEPT WORKSHOP: History, Knowledge, Native, Local, Global

LAGLOBAL CONCEPT WORKSHOP: History, Knowledge, Native, Local, Global
02 Jun 2017, 10:00 to 02 Jun 2017, 17:00
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


This one-day workshop has two tasks. 

The first is to present and discuss methods and strategies for writing histories of ‘native’ and/or ‘local’ knowledges, whatever those knowledges might be. The second is to debate the utility of concepts.

Our aim is to move toward a collective LAGLOBAL approach to the subject at hand, which is to write readable histories of knowledge that register ‘native’ and ‘local’ inventions or elements.  There is a long tradition of such research and writing in the region, from the sixteenth-century chroniclers and early modern ethnographers to contemporary historical anthropologists and historians of science.

In terms of the conceptual debate, the following questions may serve as a guide: What is the History of Knowledge?  What is native? What is local?  What is global?  Is a global history of native or local knowledge possible? Or should we only speak of local histories of native knowledges?  Are all histories native or local? Or are they all global?  What about knowledge?  What are the space-time dimensions of knowledge that lend it to historicisation?  In short, which concepts, or approach to concepts, may help us to advance the LAGLOBAL project of writing histories of knowledges in local and global keys, that is to say, in a manner that resonates with small and large communities of knowledge workers within and without the academy, both in the region and around the world?

By Invitation only.  If you wish to book a place please contact Dr Mark Thurner


Olga Jimenez
020 7862 8871