Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos)

2017–2022


Summary

The Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos) was founded by Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya in autumn 2017 with support from the European Research Council, and inaugurated at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, in autumn 2018. 

gloknos (/'glɒnɒs/) is a multi-disciplinary research centre and intellectual community concerned with the constitution, diffusion, exchange, and use of human knowledges throughout history. It aims to foster advanced cross-disciplinary research and pedagogical training in Global Epistemics, as well as cross-sectorial exchanges and initiatives, through a global network of associate members and partners engaged in academic and public-oriented collaborations and activities, an institutional and virtual infrastructure, and a range of scientific and public dissemination channels dedicated to the diffusion of its research outputs to the widest audience.

Visit the Centre's website for more information.
 


gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022), under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). 
 

 

Annual Lecture Series

Annual Lecture Series: 2019-20
Novelty and the Emergence of the Western Global in the Early Sixteenth Century – gloknos Lecture
28 October 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Future of History: From Cliodynamics to Degenerative Dystopia, via Science Fiction
10 December 2019, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
From Epistemicide to Global Knowledge: Reconstructing a Decolonised Academy – gloknos Annual Lecture
07 February 2020, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Heavens and Earth: An Empirical Approach to Knowledge Across Cultures – gloknos Annual Lecture
15 April 2020, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
gloknos Annual Lecture – Sarah de Rijcke
15 May 2020, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Towards a Global History of Knowledge? Premises, Promises, Concerns – gloknos Annual Lecture
15 June 2020, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Annual Lecture Series: 2018-19
Turning the Global History of ‘Technology’ Upside Down – gloknos Annual Lecture Series
19 October 2018, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Geographies of Knowledge in Ancient and Modern Iraq – gloknos Annual Lecture Series
04 December 2018, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
In the Bay of Bengal: Modelling Empire, Globe and Self – gloknos Annual Lecture Series
23 January 2019, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Knowledge and War: Paper Technologies in Early Modern Empires – gloknos Annual Lecture Series
28 February 2019, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Political Economy of Nutrition in the Eighteenth Century – gloknos Annual Lecture Series
08 March 2019, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Circulating Public Knowledge: Towards a New History of the Postwar Humanities – gloknos Lecture
02 May 2019, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
[CANCELLED] Heavens and Earth: An Empirical Approach to Knowledge Across Cultures
14 June 2019, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Book Launches

Book Launches: 2019-20
Knowledge Beyond Discipline • Global Epistemics Book Series Launch
29 October 2019, Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Book Launch – Nikola Tesla and the Electrical Future
30 October 2019, Room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Book Launches: 2018-19
Book Launch – Western Dominance in International Relations? – gloknos Sponsored Event
21 January 2019, London School of Economics
Book Launch – Canguilhem
20 May 2019, Room S1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Book Launch – Making the World Global: US Universities & the Production of the Global Imaginary
11 June 2019, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Book Launch – The Transforming Power of Cultural Rights: A Promising Law and Humanities Approach
17 June 2019, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Cambridge Connects

Domestication Practices across History Reading Group: 2019-20
Domestication and the Origins of Agriculture
04 November 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Classical Heredity in the Roman and Medieval Worlds
18 November 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
CANCELLED Commanding Nature in Early Modern Europe
02 December 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Commanding Nature in Early Modern Europe
20 January 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Empires of Acclimatisation
03 February 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Mendelian Gene Goes Global
17 February 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Politics of Hybridisation
02 March 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Alternate Twentieth-Century Biotechnologies
16 March 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Engaging Modern Genetic Practices
30 March 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Global Imaginaries through the Ages Reading Group: 2019-20
Prehistory: Agriculture and the Societal Imaginary
28 October 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Mobile Knowledges Before the Classics
11 November 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
CANCELLED Global Classics?
25 November 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Global Classics?
09 December 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Economic Globalisation in the Late First Millennium
13 January 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Imperial Imaginaries and the Making of Modernity
27 January 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Towards the Modern Subject
10 February 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Imaginaries We Were Born Into
24 February 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Hyper Globalism and the Retreat to the Local
09 March 2020, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Knowledge and Digital Capitalism Reading Group: 2018-19
Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism
16 October 2018, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Cognitive Capitalism
30 October 2018, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Platform Capitalism | Algorithmic Governance
13 November 2018, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Downloading the Dreaming
27 November 2018, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Ordering Knowledge
22 January 2019, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Anticipatory Uncertainty
05 February 2019, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Future Science
19 February 2019, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Open Access
05 March 2019, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Teaching Machines
30 April 2019, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Datafication
14 May 2019, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Digital Literacy
28 May 2019, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Digital Education
11 June 2019, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Ontopolitics of the Future Reading Group: 2018-19
Ontological Politics
11 October 2018, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Politics of Life Itself
25 October 2018, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Excavating Contemporary Capitalism
08 November 2018, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Geontologies
22 November 2018, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Ontopower
17 January 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Climate Leviathan
31 January 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Toxic Politics & Nuclear Bunkers
14 February 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Global Health Security | Cryopolitics
28 February 2019, Room S1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Scopic Regimes | The Machine That Ate Bad People
14 March 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Non-Human Politics
25 April 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Ontofeminism
09 May 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
After Extinction
23 May 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Living on a Damaged Planet
07 June 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Cum Panis Seminars

Cum Panis Seminars: 2019-20
Drake, Maroons and the Predation of Spanish Imperial Connectivity in the Sixteenth Century
29 October 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Consent, Prosent and Biomedical Data in the Era of Blockchain – gloknos seminar
30 October 2019, Room S3, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Trade, Empire and Late-Victorian Economists
20 November 2019, 1 Newnham Terrace, Darwin College, Silver Street, CB3 9EU
The Seventeenth-Century Safavid Diplomatic Envoy to Siam: A Politics of Knowledge Formation
12 December 2019, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Neoliberalism's Literary Rhythms: Engaging with Canonical Texts to Vanquish the Market Myth
24 January 2020, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Cum Panis Seminars: 2018-19
States of Emergence, States of Knowledge: On International Relations Theorising in Rising Powers
06 November 2018, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Intangible Material Culture: Technical Knowledge Transfer in Architecture
28 January 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Ranking the World: Globalising Status Competition in International Society
14 February 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Power of Agnosis and the Politics of the Unknown
14 May 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Becoming Worldly: Relationality as Methodology – gloknos
30 May 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Agriculture and Anti-Imperialism: The Transnational Career of Pandurang Khankhoje
04 June 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
[CANCELLED] Consent, Prosent and Biomedical Data in the Era of Blockchain
10 June 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Burning Issue: Hazy Relations and the Construction of Knowledge in Land Management Fires
20 June 2019, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Deep History Symposia

The first event in gloknos’s Deep History Symposia series will take place in 2020. More information will be available nearer the event date. 

Ideas Lab

Ideas Labs: 2018-19
Norming Knowledges: The gloknos Ideas Lab
29 January 2019, 1 Newnham Terrace, Darwin College, Cambridge, CB3 9EU

Public Events

Public Events: 2019-20
Meat and Potatoes: Changing Diets for Changing Times?
15 October 2019, Sainsbury Laboratory , Auditorium, 47 Bateman Street , CB2 1LR

Public Events: 2018-19
GM Crops in Human History – Cambridge Festival of Science
15 March 2019, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Objects: Carriers of Knowledge – Cambridge Festival of Science
19 March 2019, Lecture Theatre 1, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

Open Knowledge Summer School

Open Knowledge Summer School 2019
The Science and Politics of Food in Human History: gloknos Summer School 2019
26 August 2019, University of Cambridge

Transdisciplinary Initiative

The Transdisciplinary Initiative currently hosts two projects: you can find more information using the links below. 

Objects

Objects is a modular project developed in collaboration with the Cambridge Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre. It aims to foster innovative transdisciplinary research by furthering our understanding of the scientific, historical, and social dimensions of food and agriculture.

Leonardo

Leonardo is a project developed in collaboration with the Material Balance Research Group at the Politecnico di Milano. Through it we explore the structures and modalities of innovation and technical imaginaries of the past and future.

Global Epistemics

gloknos and publisher Rowman & Littlefield International (RLI) have launched a new, transdisciplinary book series on Global Epistemics.

Global Epistemics was founded and will be edited by gloknos's Founding Director Inanna Hamati-Ataya, with RLI's Isobel Cowper-Coles as its Commissioning Editor.

The Global Epistemics book series is an important milestone for the ARTEFACT project, one of whose objectives is to develop interdisciplinary research on global knowledge studies. As gloknos's core academic dissemination arm, the series will foster, support, and promote empirically grounded and theoretically ambitious work that draws on advances across disciplines and speaks to audiences across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. 

The series will be integrated into gloknos's research and dissemination structures, and will be managed by gloknos's core research team with the guidance of a substantial and multidisciplinary Editorial Review Board including world-leading experts in their academic fields and in the global organisation and circulation of knowledge.

Full information on the series, editorial team, and submission process can be found on our and on RLI's websites. The series will be officially launched at CRASSH in Cambridge this Autumn, with a symposium on knowledge and interdisciplinarity.