Global Epistemics Section at the EISA's 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, September 2018


Global Epistemics: Structures, Practices, and Pathways of Knowledge Formation and Diffusion

gloknos and its partner the Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge are co-sponsoring the first section on Global Epistemics at the 2018 European International Studies Association's annual Pan-European Conference on International Relations, held in Prague in September 2018. The section, co-convened by Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, attracted a considerable number of submissions and features 15 panels.

Section Abstract

Knowledge is a condition of human life and development, and permeates all aspects of our societal and transcultural exchanges. While times of social crisis bring forth the politics of knowledge as an intrinsic dimension of dynamics of power and authority, oppression and contestation, these are but partial manifestations of the deeper entanglement of our epistemic and socio-political histories, which predates the emergence of modern 'knowledge societies' and can be traced back to the earliest stages of human civilisation. This section invites contributions to 'Global Epistemics' as a space of transdisciplinary inquiry into human knowledge across its material and discursive manifestations, past and present, and a reflection on its future condition and its role in mediating global political conflicts, problems, and solutions. We welcome panels, roundtables, and papers anchored in micro-studies of contemporary structures and practices of knowledge formation and diffusion, as well as long-durée analyses of macro patterns of socio-epistemic development within and across cultural and political regions, from Antiquity to the present. We are especially interested in cross-disciplinary perspectives on the politics of competing knowledges and epistemologies; the epistemic structures of international and global orders and hierarchies; transcultural pathways of travelling knowledges; imperial and counter-imperial epistemic systems and practices; agnotology and the diffusion of ignorance, doubt, and uncertainty; the secularisation of knowledge, science, and technology; the globalisation of scientific and technological revolutions; and the political economy of knowledge production and transmission.

List of panels

  1. Historical Epistemologies in the Longue Durée
  2. Recasting International Relations Knowledge a Hundred Years On
  3. Exploring the Co-Production of Publics - Security, Technology and Knowledge
  4. Resisting Knowledges
  5. Knowing Security Governance - How (New) Threats are Disciplined by Security
  6. Development Knowledge
  7. Securing Technological Knowledge
  8. Conflict and Intervention Knowledge
  9. Epistemic Practices in Global Governance
  10. Practices of Epistemic Communities
  11. Producing Knowledge in Transitional Justice
  12. The Epistemic Politics of Scientific Institutions
  13. Traveling Expert Knowledge and its Objects
  14. Shifting and Unstable Concepts in Action
  15. Worlding In and Beyond the West