About

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: 2021-22
Soil research and practice of ethnopedology – gloknos annual lecture series
Feb 18, 2022 15:00-17:00, Online

In our first lecture of 2022, Narciso Barrera Bassols will speak about research and practices of ethnopedology, in relation to Maarten Meijer’s ongoing work on the epistemologies of soil.

Annual Lecture Series: 2020-21
Strauss in Beijing – gloknos annual lecture series
Apr 15, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
The history of science, the history of ideas, and intellectual history – gloknos annual lecture series
Apr 29, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Online via Zoom
The view from the land, 1947-1981: ‘modernity’ in British agriculture – gloknos annual lecture series
May 13, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
Women’s international thought: toward a new canon? – gloknos annual lecture series
May 27, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
Indigenous data sovereignty – gloknos annual lecture series
Jun 2, 2021 10:00pm - 11:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Ali al-Sharafi’s oeuvre as something other than simply local or global – gloknos annual lecture series
Jun 9, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
Islamicate territorial imaginations: maps, birds, and related machinations – gloknos annual lecture series
Jun 16, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
Kalwant Bhopal – gloknos annual lecture series
Jun 17, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Salvage, service, or militancy: missions, unions, and states in maritime Arab world – gloknos annual lecture series
Jun 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Online via Zoom
Sarah de Rijcke – gloknos annual lecture series
Jul 9, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Online via Zoom
Annual Lecture Series: 2019-20
Novelty and the emergence of the western global in the early sixteenth century – gloknos annual lecture series
Oct 28, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The future of history: from cliodynamics to degenerative dystopia, via science fiction – gloknos annual lecture series
Dec 10, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
From Epistemicide to Global Knowledge: Reconstructing a Decolonised Academy – gloknos Annual Lecture
Feb 7, 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Heavens and earth: an empirical approach to knowledge across cultures – gloknos annual lecture series
Apr 15, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Sarah de Rijcke – gloknos annual lecture series
May 15, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Towards a global history of knowledge? premises, promises, concerns – gloknos annual lecture series
Jun 15, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm, 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
Oct 19, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Geographies of knowledge in ancient and modern Iraq – gloknos annual lecture series
Dec 4, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
In the Bay of Bengal: modelling empire, globe and self – gloknos annual lecture series
Jan 23, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Knowledge and war: paper technologies in early modern empires – gloknos annual lecture series
Feb 28, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The political economy of nutrition in the eighteenth century – gloknos annual lecture series
Mar 8, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Circulating public knowledge: towards a new history of the postwar humanities – gloknos annual lecture series
May 2, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Heavens and earth: an empirical approach to knowledge across cultures – gloknos annual lecture series
Jun 14, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Book Launches

Book Launches: 2021-22
Book Launch – IR in a Post-Truth World | gloknos
Oct 6, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Book Launch – Mapping, Connectivity and the Making of European Empires | gloknos
Nov 16, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Book launch – The Right to Science: Then and Now | gloknos
Dec 3, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm, online
Book launch – Scientific History | gloknos
Dec 16, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm, online
Book Launches: 2020-21
Book Launch – Blood Relations: Transfusion and the Making of Human Genetics | gloknos
May 11, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Book Launch – Genetic Crossroads: The Middle East and the Science of Human Heredity | gloknos
Jun 22, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Book Launches: 2019-20
Knowledge Beyond Discipline | Global Epistemics Book Series Launch
Oct 29, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Book Launch – Nikola Tesla and the Electrical Future
Oct 30, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, 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
Jan 21, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm, London School of Economics
Book Launch – Canguilhem
May 20, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Book Launch – Making the World Global: US Universities & the Production of the Global Imaginary
Jun 11, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Book Launch – The Transforming Power of Cultural Rights: A Promising Law and Humanities Approach
Jun 17, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Cum Panis Seminars

Cum Panis Seminars: 2021-22
The costs of recognition: global epistemological politics of religion | gloknos
Dec 14, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm, Online
Cum Panis Seminars: 2019-20
Drake, Maroons and the Predation of Spanish Imperial Connectivity in the Sixteenth Century
Oct 29, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Consent, Prosent and Biomedical Data in the Era of Blockchain – gloknos seminar
Oct 30, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Room S3, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Trade, Empire and Late-Victorian Economists
Nov 20, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm, 1 Newnham Terrace, Darwin College, Silver Street, CB3 9EU
The Seventeenth-Century Safavid Diplomatic Envoy to Siam: A Politics of Knowledge Formation
Dec 12, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Neoliberalism’s Literary Rhythms: Engaging with Canonical Texts to Vanquish the Market Myth
Jan 24, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Revisiting the North/South Binary: Towards a Thirding Lens
Jan 28, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Collection Ecologies: Insects, Information, and Improvement in Joseph Banks’s Knowledge Network
Jun 23, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Cum Panis Seminars: 2018-19
States of Emergence, States of Knowledge: On International Relations Theorising in Rising Powers
Nov 6, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Intangible Material Culture: Technical Knowledge Transfer in Architecture
Jan 28, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Ranking the World: Globalising Status Competition in International Society
Feb 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Power of Agnosis and the Politics of the Unknown
May 14, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Becoming Worldly: Relationality as Methodology – gloknos
May 30, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Agriculture and Anti-Imperialism: The Transnational Career of Pandurang Khankhoje
Jun 4, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Consent, Prosent and Biomedical Data in the Era of Blockchain
Jun 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Burning Issue: Hazy Relations and the Construction of Knowledge in Land Management Fires
Jun 20, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Online Exhibitions

Publicity image for Imagining the Arctic Exhibition

The ‘Travels of the Artic’ online exhibition curated by Dr Anna Gielas (University of Cambridge), launched on gloknoswebsite on 1 August 2021.

This online exhibition presents historical illustrations of the Arctic excerpted from print artefacts (periodicals, books and postcards), highlighting the cultural and technological constructedness of the far North during the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). In other words, the exhibition focuses on Arctic images as representations of matter and as matter in itself. With this dual focus, the overall goal of the exhibition is to invite reflections on how today’s cultural as well as technological socialisation influences our mental images and understandings of the Arctic regions.

Enter the Exhibition

Open Knowledge Summer Schools

Open Knowledge Summer School 2019
The Science and Politics of Food in Human History: gloknos Summer School 2019
Aug 26, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019 3:00pm, University of Cambridge

Public Events

Public Events: 2019-20
Meat and Potatoes: Changing Diets for Changing Times?
Oct 15, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm, Sainsbury Laboratory , Auditorium, 47 Bateman Street , CB2 1LR
Can You Live Without Chocolate?
Mar 19, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm, Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB
COVID-19 as a Zoonotic Disease
Jul 23, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Online
Public Events: 2018-19
GM Crops in Human History – Cambridge Festival of Science
Mar 15, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Room SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Objects: Carriers of Knowledge – Cambridge Festival of Science
Mar 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:45pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

Reading Groups

Debt and Credit in Rural Communities Reading Group: 2020-21
Financialisation and Food
Apr 29, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Debt, Agrarian Change and Capitalism
May 13, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Debt and Rural Subjectivities
May 27, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Finance and Rural Labour
Jun 10, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Vernacular Experiences and Stories
Jun 24, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Domestication Practices across History Reading Group: 2019-20
Domestication and the Origins of Agriculture
Nov 4, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Classical Heredity in the Roman and Medieval Worlds
Nov 18, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Commanding Nature in Early Modern Europe
Dec 2, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Commanding Nature in Early Modern Europe (rescheduled)
Jan 20, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Empires of Acclimatisation
Feb 3, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Mendelian Gene Goes Global
Feb 17, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Politics of Hybridisation
Mar 2, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Alternate Twentieth-Century Biotechnologies
Mar 16, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Engaging Modern Genetic Practices
Mar 30, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Global Imaginaries through the Ages Reading Group: 2019-20
Prehistory: Agriculture and the Societal Imaginary
Oct 28, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Mobile Knowledges Before the Classics
Nov 11, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Global Classics?
Nov 25, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Global Classics? (rescheduled)
Dec 9, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Economic Globalisation in the Late First Millennium
Jan 27, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Imperial Imaginaries and the Making of Modernity
Feb 10, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Towards the Modern Subject
Feb 24, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Imaginaries We Were Born Into
Mar 9, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Hyper Globalism and the Retreat to the Local
Mar 23, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Knowledge and Digital Capitalism Reading Group: 2018-19
Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism
Oct 16, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Cognitive Capitalism
Oct 30, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Platform Capitalism | Algorithmic Governance
Nov 13, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Downloading the Dreaming
Nov 27, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Ordering Knowledge
Jan 22, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Anticipatory Uncertainty
Feb 5, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Future Science
Feb 19, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Open Access
Mar 5, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 220, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge, CB2 8PH
Teaching Machines
Apr 30, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Datafication
May 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Digital Literacy
May 28, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Digital Education
Jun 11, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room 2S3, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Ontopolitics of the Future Reading Group: 2018-19
Ontological Politics
Oct 11, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Politics of Life Itself
Oct 25, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Excavating Contemporary Capitalism
Nov 8, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Geontologies
Nov 22, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Ontopower
Jan 17, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Climate Leviathan
Jan 31, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Toxic Politics & Nuclear Bunkers
Feb 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Global Health Security | Cryopolitics
Feb 28, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Scopic Regimes | The Machine That Ate Bad People
Mar 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Non-Human Politics
Apr 25, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Ontofeminism
May 9, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
After Extinction
May 23, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Living on a Damaged Planet
Jun 7, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Research Groups

Science and its Others: Histories of Ethno-Science

This group studies the changing relationship between scientific knowledge and what is variously called local, ‘indigenous’ or ‘native’ knowledges. Our starting point is the eighteenth-century travel instructions that asked naturalists to routinely record indigenous names and knowledge. We explore economic botany, ethnography and other strands of nineteenth-century natural history relying on systematic surveys of national and colonial territories, and the eventual consolidation of ethno-disciplines in the twentieth century. We are interested in the putative shifts towards increasingly global awareness and calls for the incorporation of ‘traditional’ knowledge in political and scientific discourses. Fundamental questions we want to address include: under which historical and epistemological conditions did indigenous forms of knowledge undergo a revaluation by western scientists – from the colonial and derogative notion of ‘savage’ to what is now called ‘ethnoscience’? What forms of credit and intellectual property organized the intersection of indigenous and scientific knowledge? What consequences, if any, did these intersections have for the demarcation between science and non-science? And what impact, in turn, did the exposure to ‘science’ have on the self-understanding and identity of local knowledge communities?

Convenors:

Harriet Mercer | Staffan Müller-Wille | Raphael Uchôa

Ethno-Science Reading Group 2021-22
Nineteenth-century travel instructions
Oct 20, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Economic botany in the nineteenth century
Nov 24, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Translations between field and lab
Jan 19, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm, online
‘Ethno-Science’ Guest Speaker – TBC
Feb 16, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Ethno-science and historiography
Mar 16, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Online, via Zoom
‘Ethno-science’ guest speaker – TBC
May 18, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Recent reflections on bioprospecting
Jun 15, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Online, via Zoom

The Cambridge-Harvard Right to Science Study Group

We all have a human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress (the Right to Science [RtS]). The right has its origins in Article 27 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted in the wake of World War II. In 1966, the UN turned these commitments into binding obligations under international law. The implication is that, just as governments are expected to respect the rights to, say, freedom of speech and due process, so they must also adopt measures to respect and ensure the RtS. The existence of this right is important for researchers and society. It adds a legal and moral dimension to a range of fundamental issues, including scientific freedom, funding, and policy, as well as access to data, materials, and knowledge. Yet, despite its potential for furthering science and human rights causes, the RtS has not received the attention it deserves.

This research group will work towards:

1) a deeper understanding of the right to science, both legally and conceptually
2) activating the right to science in practice
3) making the right to science a better known human right.

Activities planned at this early stage include monthly zoom meetings and book launches for our Cambridge University edited volume, The Right to Science: Then and Now which will be published in late November or early December.

Convenors:

Helle Porsdam | Sebastian Porsdam Mann | Christine Mitchell

Cambridge-Harvard Right to Science Study Group Sessions 2021-22
Book launch – The Right to Science: Then and Now | gloknos
Dec 3, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm, online

Taste and Knowledge

The Taste and Knowledge research group seeks to understand the strange fate of taste as a form of knowledge production intermingled with value judgments.

Taste is central to a wide range of practices used to assay objects and materials for quality and value, from the taste panels used by food producers to the judgments performed by experts in gemstones, wine, art, and coffee. Indeed, taste plays a central but often unrecognised role in the modern economy, determining the value and profitability of countless products.

At one and the same time, however, taste is widely regarded as an intrinsically unreliable way of knowing about the world, subject to the vagaries of both individual taste and individual bodies. Across a huge range of fields, from the sciences to the most obvious objects of taste judgment – food criticism and production – taste is regarded with suspicion. Widespread efforts are afoot to replace or supplement it with apparently more objective practices of quantification and measurement.

We want to understand how and why taste came to have this ambiguous status – at once central to our understanding of quality and value, but at the same time maligned as subjective and inaccurate.

Convenors:

Marieke Hendriksen | Alex Wragge-Morley

Taste and Knowledge Events 2021-22
Senses of Taste | gloknos
Nov 24, 2021 4:15pm - 5:30pm, Online
Taste and Value | gloknos
Dec 1, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Online
Quantifying taste | gloknos
Feb 23, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Online
Training taste | gloknos
Mar 16, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Online

Transdisciplinary Initiatives

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

Wheat field in South Cambridgeshire.

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.

Starting in 2018-19 with funding from the Isaac Newton Trust, the European Research Council, and the TIGR2ESS project, Objects has assembled multiple small groups of researchers from the natural, physical, and social sciences and well as the humanities, to discuss specific objects (ecofacts or artefacts) relating to global food security. You can watch the full series online now.


Leonardo da Vinci's sketch for the construction of a wing

 

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.


The Right to Science

The Right to Science project is an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration led by a group of researchers in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and law to further our understanding of how to protect and implement the right to science as a universal cultural right.

We all have a human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress (the Right to Science [RtS]). The right has its origins in Article 27 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted in the wake of World War II. In 1966, the UN turned these commitments into binding obligations under international law. The implication is that, just as governments are expected to respect the rights to, say, freedom of speech and due process, so they must also adopt measures to respect and ensure the RtS. The existence of this right is important for researchers and society. It adds a legal and moral dimension to a range of fundamental issues, including scientific freedom, funding, and policy, as well as access to data, materials, and knowledge. Yet, despite its potential for furthering science and human rights causes, the RtS has not received the attention it deserves.

Visiting Fellows

Maria Birnbaum (2021-22)

Maria is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bern. She received her PhD in International Relations from the European University Institute (EUI) and works in the fields of Global Politics, Religious Studies, and Colonial History. Her work studies the relationship between diversity and order with a particular focus on religion and global politics.

Maria Birnbaum is currently part of the project “Religious Conflicts and Coping Strategies” at the University of Bern where she is working on a series of articles exploring the conditions and limits of liberal diversity governance (“The costs of recognition“), and the entangled history and politics of Israel and Pakistan.

She is also finalising a book manuscript titled “Becoming Recognizable” analysing arguments for the recognition of religion in global politics. Here she shows how attempts to conceptualise, institutionalise, and manage social and religious difference in South Asia and the Middle East shaped the state-making processes of Pakistan and Israel and the conflicts following them. She argues that recognition along the lines of religion – in terms of border making, representation, or demography – came with considerable costs.

In her new project, ”Histories and Hierarchies of Ignorance“, Maria Birnbaum studies cases where political and legal unintelligibility are conceived as forms of power rather than forms of suppression.


Maarten Meijer (2021)

Maarten is a doctoral candidate at the Department of International Relations at the University of Groningen. His doctoral research focusses on the history of soil as an institution of geo-biopolitical governance, drawing on histories of infrastructure, technology, (soil) sciences, colonialism, and fascism. More broadly, he is interested in political and environmental thought, cosmologies of the end, and philosophies of translation and diplomacy.

In addition to his academic work, Maarten is a co-creator of an award-winning contribution to the design contest ‘Giving a Voice to the North Sea’, organised by the Dutch NGO ‘the Embassy of the North Sea’. He currently works together with Studio Inscape on a serious game in which players negotiate on the changing future of the Oosterschelde region for the Water Disaster Museum in the province of Zeeland.


Helle Porsdam (2021)

Helle is a Leverhulme Visiting Professor, at gloknos and CRASSH through Michaelmas term 2021-22. She is Professor of Law and Humanities at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (CIS), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. She teaches American Culture and History in the SAXO Department, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Copenhagen, and Law and Humanities, the Culture and History of Human Rights and Cultural Rights at the Faculty of Law. She also holds a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights.

Helle did her PhD in American Studies at Yale University, has been a Liberal Arts Fellow twice at the Harvard Law School, as well as a fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and the University of Munich.

During her stay at the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies, Helle will work on aspects of the Right to Science that concern knowledge production and the conditions under which such production takes place. These include scientific freedom and responsibility, and also science diplomacy.


Carolina Gerwin (2018)

Carolina was a Visiting Researcher at gloknos and CRASSH in 2018. She has completed a Bachelors Degree in International Studies at Leiden University in The Hague, Netherlands, including a semester spent abroad at University College London.

During her visit, Carolina worked closely with gloknos’s core team on her current research project. Specifically, Carolina is very interested in exploring how new media and communication technologies are transforming the way that knowledge is produced and circulated in contemporary societies, and is currently investigating the similarities and differences between online platforms and older technological innovations of knowledge-transmission, such as the printing press and the book.

Webcasts

Epistemologies of Land Webcasts 2020-21
Sakshi Aravind – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
Apr 26, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Eloisa Berman-Arévalo – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
Apr 30, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Leo Steeds – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
May 26, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Anna Wolkenhauer – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
Jun 3, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Louisa Prause – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
Jun 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Eduardo Machicado – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
Jun 11, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Shailaja Fennell – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
Jun 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Laksmi Savitri – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ gloknos Webcast
Jun 24, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Grounding International Relations: The Land Question in World Politics – ‘Epistemologies of Land’ Closing Discussion
Jul 13, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Online, via Zoom

Workshops

Workshops and Symposia: 2021-22
Epistemologies of Soil | gloknos Symposium
Nov 26, 2021 2:00pm - 7:00pm, Online, via Zoom
Workshops and Symposia: 2020-21
The Right to Science Symposium
Oct 7, 2020 - Oct 8, 2020 All day, Online
(In)visible Labour: Knowledge Production in Twentieth-Century Science
Feb 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Online, via Zoom
Toward a Non-Hegemonic Sociology – gloknos Symposium
Jun 28, 2021 - Jun 29, 2021 All day, Online, via Zoom
Workshops and Symposia: 2019-20
Leonardo da Vinci: Imagining Futures Symposium
Oct 25, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm, Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
CANCELLED: The Right to Science Symposium
Apr 1, 2020 - Apr 3, 2020 All day, Room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Agrarian Relations: Towards an Epistemology of Land
May 18, 2020 - May 19, 2020 All day,
Workshops and Symposia: 2018-19
Norming Knowledges: The gloknos Ideas Lab
Jan 29, 2019 8:30am - 5:30pm, 1 Newnham Terrace, Darwin College, Cambridge, CB3 9EU

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