Call for papers: From networks to spaces: social identities, craft knowledge and cross-cultural trade (1400-1800)

From networks to spaces: social identities, craft knowledge and cross-cultural trade (1400-1800)

Panel at the

II CHAM Conference Knowledge Transfer and Cultural Exchanges (Lisbon, 15-18 July 2015)

Call for papers

The II CHAM (Portuguese Centre for Global History) international conference will take place at FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, from 15-18 July 2015. This year’s edition will revolve around the theme Knowledge Transfer and Cultural Exchanges.

The call for papers is now open and closes at midnight (Lisbon time) on 19th December. Before you propose a paper, please read the concept, the rules below, and then browse the list of panels.

Proposals must consist of:
– a paper/contribution/poster title
– the name/s and email address/es of author/s
– a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
– a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

All proposals must be made via online form (not email). Go to the panel page you are interested in (or the poster session page). Click on the ‘propose a paper’ link beneath the long abstract, to make your proposal direct to that panel.

Panel : From networks to spaces:social identities, craft knowledge and cross-cultural trade (1400-1800)
Convenor: Andrea Caracausi (University of Padua),  

Short Abstract

This panel aims to analyze the creation of spaces through networks focusing on three aspects characterizing knowledge transfer (social identities, craft knowledge and cross-cultural trade), discussing practice and concept of space and methodological insights in studying historical spaces.

Long Abstract

Over the last decades research in social and economic history have used the concept of network, analyzing the formation, the exchanges amongst groups and the ways they influenced economies and cultures. Social network analysis has been useful to overcome perspectives based on State-Nation or ethic, corporative and socio-religious groups. Nevertheless, when studies use trans-national approaches, the concept of space is often forgotten and networks are conceived with poor reference to spaces.

This panel aims to discuss conceptual ideas on spaces and to propose methodological insights to study knowledge and cultural transfers. The goal is twofold: on the one hand the aim is to analyze how new bounded spaces emerged from networks beyond pre-existing geo-political, religious or cultural borders; secondly, we want to understand how agents and institutions used the resources they created from these new spaces.

Starting from these perspectives, and focusing on three aspects of knowledge transfer (social identities, craft knowledge and cross-cultural trade) the session invites papers to discuss a set of basic questions:

1. Which kind of space did networks create? How did networks create spaces across existing geo-political and cultural borders?

2. Which social interactions (craft transmission, finance and trade, transfer of properties) did redefine borders and boundaries, as well as cultural identities? And how did they allow to reconstruct social identities?

3. Which was the use of resources created by networks in order to control the new spaces?

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