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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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Preface: Circulation of Knowledge as Theme and Method in Korean Studies – Marion Eggert


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Circulation of Knowledge as Theme and Method in Korean Studies

Marion Eggert

In the course of the last decade the theme of knowledge, be it knowledge production, knowledge transfer or epistemic changes, has gained ever more prominence in the (historical and contemporary) study of cultures – a development that closely mirrors the increase of interdisciplinary work in this field and the ensuing willingness to no longer study societal sub-systems like literature, arts, academia, and politics in isolation, but to look at the larger systems of knowledge that inform them all, albeit in different ways. This volume of essays is one of the outcomes of a research project which, being part of this wave, sees its task in testing, and therefore temporarily privileging, the heuristic metaphor of knowledge circulation, as it encapsulates a number of useful ideas and notions:

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