Fugitive Knowledge

The Loss and Preservation of Knowledge in Cultural Contact Zones
 
 
Waxmann Verlag GmbH
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  • erschienen am 1. August 2015
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  • 232 Seiten
 
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Encounters between cultures are also encounters between knowledge systems. This volume brings together a number of case studies that explore how some knowledge in cultural contact zones becomes transient, evanescent, and ephemeral. The essays examine various aspects of cultural, especially colonial, epistemic exchanges, placing special emphasis on the fate of those knowledges that are not easily appropriated by or translated from one cultural sphere into another and thus remain at the margins of cross-cultural exchanges. In addition, the imposition of colonial power is unthinkable without the strategic deployment and use of knowledge; most colonial states, including those of Germany in the Baltic and in West Africa, were knowledge-acquiring machines - yet, acquisition always includes rejection, detainment and subjugation of recalcitrant epistemes.
Bringing together insights from various scholarly disciplines, including literary studies, history, historical anthropology, and political science, the essays in this volume investigate how different or unfamiliar knowledge was, and in some cases still is, disarticulated by being belittled, discredited, and demonized. But they also show the strategies of resilience deployed by subjugated and subaltern people: the ways in which certain materials have escaped the coloniality of knowledge - how fragments and shards of other epistemologies remain inscribed in the polyphony and fuzziness of intercultural documents and archives.
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1 - Book Cover [Seite 1]
2 - Contents [Seite 5]
3 - Introduction (Gesa Mackenthun and Andreas Beer) [Seite 7]
3.1 - Chapter Summaries [Seite 18]
3.2 - Works Cited [Seite 24]
4 - 1 "But in Itself, the Law is Only White": Knowledge Claims and Universality in the History of Cultural Encounters (Gunlög Fur) [Seite 29]
4.1 - The Potential of Sources [Seite 30]
4.2 - Methodologies of Reading and Listening [Seite 33]
4.3 - Authoritative Narratives of History [Seite 36]
4.4 - Dead White Men and Academic Practice [Seite 39]
4.5 - Works Cited [Seite 46]
5 - 2 Fugitive El Dorado: The Early History of an Amazonian Myth (Neil Safier) [Seite 51]
5.1 - Cultural Landscapes of the Amazonian Holocene [Seite 53]
5.2 - Partial Truths: Reassessing Gaspar de Carvajal's Travelogue [Seite 56]
5.3 - Conclusion [Seite 59]
5.4 - Works Cited [Seite 60]
6 - 3 "Who Holds the Right to the Land?" Narratives of Colonization in Baltic-German and Estonian Literatures (Liina Lukas) [Seite 65]
6.1 - "Das ist ja ganz wie in Amerika": The Beginnings of German Colonialism [Seite 66]
6.2 - A Story of Settlement or Conquest? Estonian and Baltic-German Paradigms in Historiography and Literature [Seite 69]
6.3 - Henry's Story: The First Chronicle of the Livonian Colonization [Seite 70]
6.4 - The Colonization Narrative in Baltic-German Historical Fiction [Seite 72]
6.5 - The Story of the Ancient Fight for Freedom [Seite 74]
6.6 - Conclusion [Seite 79]
6.7 - Works Cited [Seite 80]
7 - 4 The Historiography of German Colonialism and Reading the Marginalized in Colonial Texts (Daniel Walther) [Seite 83]
7.1 - German Historiography of the Colonial Experience [Seite 84]
7.2 - German Colonial Genocides and the Holocaust: A Shared Subject? [Seite 86]
7.3 - Transnational and Global Approaches to the Study of German Colonialism [Seite 87]
7.4 - Area Studies and Beyond: New Horizons for the Study of German Colonialism [Seite 88]
7.5 - Collaboration, Resistance, and the Presence of the Subaltern: Two Case Studies [Seite 90]
7.6 - Conclusion [Seite 96]
7.7 - Works Cited [Seite 97]
8 - 5 A Question of Moral Crisis. Western Discourse and Its Indian Object (Sanjay Seth) [Seite 105]
8.1 - 'Unhinged and Unsettled' [Seite 106]
8.2 - Diagnosing Moral Decline [Seite 108]
8.3 - Diagnosing the Diagnosis [Seite 111]
8.4 - What Counts as an Explanation? [Seite 115]
8.5 - Compartments of the 'Mind' [Seite 116]
8.6 - Knowledge 'of' the World, Knowledge 'in' the World [Seite 118]
8.7 - Works Cited [Seite 121]
9 - 6 (Im-)Potent Knowledges. Preserving 'Traditional' Tibetan Medicine Through Modern Science (Stephan Kloos) [Seite 123]
9.1 - Tibetan (Medical) Knowledge in Exile [Seite 124]
9.2 - Quality Control and the Problem of Efficacy [Seite 128]
9.3 - The Impotence of Tradition [Seite 131]
9.4 - The Impotence of Science [Seite 134]
9.5 - Conclusion: Fugitive No More [Seite 138]
9.6 - Works Cited [Seite 140]
10 - 7 The Morality of the Moon. Indigenous Knowledge and Enlightenment Science in the Works of Fray Manuel Antonio de Rivas (Ryan A. Kashanipour) [Seite 145]
10.1 - Knowledge and Power [Seite 147]
10.2 - Inquiry and Intention [Seite 149]
10.3 - Science and Morality [Seite 156]
10.4 - Conclusion [Seite 160]
10.5 - Works Cited [Seite 161]
11 - 8 The Man Who Faced the Saber-Toothed Cat. Peter 8 Wilhelm Lund's Forgotten Encounters with the Brazilian Deep Pastand the Colonial Present (Pedro de Luna) [Seite 163]
11.1 - A Naturalist Lost in the Tropics [Seite 164]
11.2 - The Mystery of Lund's Sudden Retreat [Seite 170]
11.3 - The Legacy of a Naturalist [Seite 172]
11.4 - A New Character Enters the Stage [Seite 173]
11.5 - And so One Hundred Sixty-Three Years Passed [Seite 176]
11.6 - Works Cited [Seite 177]
12 - 9 Connected Histories of the United States, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica: The Memories of the War against the Filibusters of 1855 to 1857 (Víctor H. Acuña) [Seite 183]
12.1 - The Events and Their Actors [Seite 185]
12.2 - The United States and Central America: Crossings and Connections [Seite 188]
12.3 - On the Method of Analyzing Crossed Historiographies [Seite 190]
12.4 - The Nicaraguan Memory [Seite 191]
12.5 - Costa Rican Memory [Seite 193]
12.6 - The United States: Memory and Oblivion [Seite 195]
12.7 - Conclusion [Seite 197]
12.8 - Works Cited [Seite 198]
13 - 10 US Scholars in South America and the Question of Imperial Knowledge, 1900-1945 (Ricardo D. Salvatore) [Seite 203]
13.1 - From Military to Disciplinary Interventions [Seite 205]
13.2 - South America as Field of Inquiry and Engagement [Seite 208]
13.3 - A Harvest of New Knowledge [Seite 209]
13.4 - Scholars' Visions of US Hemispheric Hegemony [Seite 215]
13.5 - Conclusions [Seite 217]
13.6 - Works Cited [Seite 220]
14 - Epilogue: Missing Archives, Oppositional Recoveries (Ali Behdad) [Seite 223]
15 - Contributors [Seite 230]
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