Workshop: Using Normative Knowledge from the Past


  • Datum: 30.04.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Organisation: Alexandra Woods, Fupeng Li
  • Ort: video conference
Workshop: Using Normative Knowledge from the Past

The next reading session will be held via video conference and discuss two papers. The first is Michel Foucault’s chapter “Panopticism” from Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1977). The second is a draft paper of one of our guests, Alina Cherviatsova, who is Associate Professor of Law at the National V.N. Karazin University of Kharkiv, Ukraine and a fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, entitled “Memory (Memorial) Laws”.

The working group “Using Normative Knowledge from the Past” discusses the concepts we use, want to use, or should perhaps revisit, in order to understand how normative knowledge was produced in historical times and places. Tradition, materiality, praxeology, evolution, communication, information management, are some examples. The first session was held on 31 January 2020 and discussed the concept of legal tradition, focussing on the first chapter of H. Patrick Glenn’s Legal Traditions of the World. Sustainable Diversity in Law (5th ed, Oxford University Press 2014). The second session was held on 4 March 2020 and discussed the history of knowledge and knowledge production from the perspectives of Jürgen Renn and Malcolm Hyman by considering their text, “Survey: From Technology Transfer to the Origins of Science” in: Jürgen Renn (ed.), The Globalization of Knowledge in History (Berlin: Edition Open Access 2012).

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