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Space and Location in the Circulation of Knowledge (1400–1800)

Korea and Beyond


Edited By Marion Eggert, Felix Siegmund and Dennis Würthner

In response to the recent surge of interest in studying epistemic transfers and changes, this volume assembles an interdisciplinary range of articles that look at the production, consumption and dissemination of knowledge in East Asia, centering on Korea, under the paradigm of knowledge circulation. Applying this heuristic tool offers new perspectives on pre-modern Korea and beyond. It allows for flexibility of scale and thus facilitates the identification of shared processes of appropriation, digestion and re-distribution of ideas, regardless of whether the exchanges take place between states and nations, between social groups, or even between individuals. The articles in this volume stress the spatial and social aspects of the process of knowledge circulation in particular: the role of location and of social networks in the production, evaluation and dissemination of new knowledge.
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Media and Migration: Qing Imperial Approaches to Technological Knowledge Circulation – Dagmar Schäfer


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Media and Migration: Qing Imperial Approaches to Technological Knowledge Circulation

Dagmar Schäfer


Numerous studies have investigated knowledge production at the court and capital of the Qing as a political issue and from the point of view of intellectual history. My contribution to this book approaches the matrix of power and knowledge within the Qing world by looking at the media and methods that court and local actors used to communicate needs and demands in the field of arts and crafts at the turn of the 17th to 18th centuries. This includes sketches, models and samples as well as archival documentation. A comparison of archival records with artefactual evidence reveals how ideals and ideas about knowledge and its circulation conflicted with the realities of life. In addition, an analysis of the varied media employed by the Qing court and state to communicate needs and demands within material production provides an insight into the conditions under which locally produced knowledge moved into the court and became “universalized” and, conversely, the role that imperial knowing played in constructing and maintaining authority over practical knowledge at the local level.

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