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07 | Beyond Knowledge Transfer: Circulation of Intellectual Resources Between Europe and South Asia From Early 19th to Mid-20th Century

This panel explores how knowledge has been circulatedxchanged between Europe and South Asia approximately from the colonial times till the end of WWII. It also examines the political and socio-cultural currents that influenced these processes and privileged certain types of knowledge over others.


· Baijayanti Roy Goethe University (Frankfurt Am Main, Germany)
· Maria Framke University of Rostock (Rostock, Germany)


· 07/27 | 09:00-10:30 UTC+2/CEST
· 07/27 | 11:00-12:30 UTC+2/CEST

Long Abstract

Exchange of different forms of knowledge between different European countries and South Asia has been viewed through various lenses like Orientalism, Post-colonialism and political-intellectual entanglements. This panel sets out to explore other possible dimensions relating to shared intellectual concepts between these parts of the world. Of particular interest to us is the role of knowledge as an intellectual resource which could be used in international contexts by the different stakeholders – scholars, bureaucrats, politicians, and in some cases, institutions – in return for other kinds of resources, like professional and financial advancement, technical know-how, or politically useful information about a nation. Scholars are invited to send abstracts for possible papers relating (but not necessarily restricted) to following topics:

  1. Transfer\exchange of various kinds of knowledge as a way of conducting international cultural politics. This could mean helping to project a particular image of a nation, promoting a specific political agenda or propagating a distinct cultural political discourse.
  2. Conversations about transnational\transcultural intellectual issues that dominated public spaces like academia or media and the possible effects of such interchanges on international intellectual and political arenas.
  3. Debates pertaining to particular academic disciplines, accompanied by questions of how these fields interacted with the local and international political and socio-cultural currents.
  4.   The role of the idea of `value-free` scholarship in the circulation of transdisciplinary and transcultural knowledge.