For the investigation of processes of knowledge change in the premodern era, the CRC Episteme in Motion defines episteme as ‘knowledge of something’, i.e. as knowledge that is vested with a claim to validity. Starting from the observation that episteme can be especially deemed to be in motion, when knowledge remains imprecise, or is rejected, unrecognised or suppressed in the very act of mediation, the 2019 Annual Conference focuses on the relationship between knowledge, transfer and negation in European and non-European cultures of the premodern era. Negation acts as an impulse in knowledge transfer in the sense that processes of suppression, destruction and concealment are inherent in creative capacities. If, in this respect, we focus our attention on the sensemaking dynamics of contributive negation, we may speak of negative transfer. This contrasts with an understanding of the term within the framework of loss, impairment and obstruction. We therefore understand negation, on the one hand, as a genuine component of a set mode of knowledge that is bound up with evasive, antithetical and elliptical modes of representation and, on the other, as a category that makes it possible to bring the rejected, the excluded and the irrecoverable into focus in the re-contextualisation of knowledge. Within this framework, epistemic changes at the elementary level of mediation must be examined within the context of their historical placement. Equally, their impact on the history of knowledge and, with it, the structural dimension of negative transfers must be interrogated. At its Seventh Annual Conference, the CRC invites attendees to explore the fundamentals of capacities of negation in the premodern era, and to debate the question of the extent to which negative transfers are necessary, constitutive or productive in the production of new knowledge.
Different forms of negative transfer that are indebted to epistemic re-contextualisation will be analysed, reflected upon and discussed. The point of departure is the assumption that knowledge transfers are, to a certain extent, always accompanied by negations. Each inclusion is equally associated with exclusion, such that assertion and repression manifest as complementary processes in knowledge generation. Dynamics of selection consequently show both a positive as well as a negative aspect, to which, however, a constructive capacity can also be attributed, if the continuing influence of the excluded brings the knowledge base in question into focus. Thus, for instance, apocalypses are largely excluded from the process of canonisation, while apocalyptic motifs are, at the same time, incorporated into text genres such as commentaries or saints’ lives. By correlating institutional mechanisms of exclusion with the possibilities of genre-related inclusion, the negation of apocalyptic texts is thus no longer told as a history of loss, but rather appears as an apparent precondition for the transfer of knowledge. At the centre of the conference sits the rejected, the winnowed out, the forgotten and the degraded knowledge beyond accepted epistemic spheres of validity – knowledge which is latently fitted out with new functions for false directions, redirections and Sonderwege, or which continues to function in a different guise.
Jun 27, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019
Palais in der Kulturbrauerei
Schönhauser Allee 36
10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
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