Transfer of Knowledge in the Iberian Colonial World

September 5 to September 6
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin
Sonja Brentjes, Antonio Barrera, Nuria Valverde, Helge Wendt, Timothy D. Walker, Stefanie Gänger, Angélica Morales Sarabia, Lars Kirkhusmo Pharo, Florike Egmond, Peter Mason, Mauricio Sánchez Menchero, José Pardo-Tomás
This conference focuses on concepts of knowledge transfer in the history of (scientific) knowledge in the Iberian world. In the Iberian colonial world, traditions of knowledge from all over Europe, Africa, Asia, and America converged. Consequently, new bodies of knowledge emerged and were circulated. The expansion of knowledge in the era of globalization in the Iberian world can no longer be understood as a process originating from Europe, nor can the transfer of knowledge and the evolution of new knowledge in the colonial situation continue to be studied as an exclusive relationship between Europeans and non-Europeans. Instead, it may be stated that contacts, and possibilities for establishing contacts, increased with the colonization of the Iberian world for all political, cultural and religious entities, as well as between any system of knowledge existing during that period. As much as they were under pressure or even disappeared under colonial rule, such knowledge systems contributed to a newly established global space of knowledge in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.