23 April 2012:



24 May 2012:



19 Juin 2012:


Global Transfer of Knowledge and the Globalization of Knowledge

The Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science and Forum Transregionale Studien present a series of discussion of four evenings.

The globalization of knowledge has a long history. In four sessions, a total of 15 scholars from different disciplines discussed the questions of how a global transfer of knowledge was achieved, which kinds of media were involved and in which spaces such processes took place.

The four meetings took place at the Max Planck Institute of the History of Science in Berlin. The series of discussion was realized in cooperation of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.


23 April 2012: "Translation as Global Transfer of Knowledge"

24 May 2012: "Individuals as Actors and the Global Transfer of Knowledge"

19 June 2012: "Systems and the Global Transfer of Knowledge"

10 July 2012: "Institutions and the Global Transfer of Knowledge"


The series of discussion is part of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science's research project Globalization of Knowledge. The main goal of the research project is to explain geographic diffusion of knowledge throughout history in terms of historical-epistemological concepts. The project aims at a unified and systematic account of the globalization of knowledge by means of large-scale comparative research grounded in empirical detail. The first outcome of this project is the volume "The Globalization of Knowledge in History."

Jürgen Renn: "The conviction behind what we are doing is that a history of science can only be conceived as a global history not just of science but of knowledge. We think there is basically only one connected history of knowledge on this planet with many origins and multiple connections. Much of what traditional history studied as great discoveries, great achievements can only be understood, if it is contextualized not just in local context, but in global context and seen as part of a long durée development that basically spans the entire planet."