The new Journal for the History of Knowledge has published its inaugural Special Issue "Histories of Bureaucratic Knowledge," co-edited by Sebastian Felten and Christine von Oertzen. The special issue is the collective result of the Working Group "History of Bureaucratic Knowledge" at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. It focuses on different periods and regions, such as the medieval Latin West, Spanish America, Qing China, and the Ottoman Empire, and argues that historical bureaucracies merit close investigation because they have demonstrated the power to both make and break social and material worlds.
The Journal for the History of Knowledge is an open access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the history of knowledge in its broadest sense. This includes the study of science, but also of indigenous, artisanal, and other types of knowledge as well as the history of knowledge developed in the humanities and social sciences. Special attention is paid to interactions and processes of demarcation between science and other forms of knowledge. The journal is explicitly global in scope. It offers a platform for publications that concern western and non-western cases, that compare western and non-western knowledge making practices or that show the connections between concepts and practices of knowledge in different parts of the globe.
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