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Dept. II

Knowledge Systems and Collective Life

Department II studies the relationship between how we know and how we live together—that is, between knowledge systems, which determine what kinds of knowledge are valued, how knowledge is produced, and who is authorized to know, and collective life, which encompasses a variety of efforts to fashion our lives with others, including but not limited to conventional politics. Researchers in the department use historical and ethnographic methods to explore the relationship between these overlapping domains in the past and present.

March for Science Washington DC 1999

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Research Themes

Environmental Knowledge in Times of Crisis
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From Trust in Science to Knowledge in Relation
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Politics and Practices of Data
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News & Press

Student Assistants for Department "Knowledge Systems and Collective Life" (Deadline: October 30, 2022)

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Dept. II seeks Foreign Language Secretary (Deadline: September 15, 2022)

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Etienne Benson to join the MPIWG as director in summer 2022

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