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    Welcome to the Chair of the History of Knowledge

    How did knowledge of Africa or that originated in Africa come to Europe? How were notions of scarcity and crisis informed not only by material conditions, but also by scientific and intellectual currents? How did knowledge about social cohesion and humans living together come to be? In other words, how and in which forms did knowledge become the decisive basis for modern societies and their thinking about the future? The branch of history of knowledge of the University of Konstanz explores the historical development of knowledge, its changing forms and conditions for production as well as the evolution of the social functions of knowledge. ...more

  • Innenhof und Ausblick auf die Mainau
    Innenhof und Ausblick auf die Mainau


    You can find the teaching for the summer semester 2023 here.

    All consultation hours will be held online. Please take a look at your lecturer's page for further information.

    Here you can find information about the Working Group „Re-imagining Higher Education and Research” of the European Reform University Alliance (ERUA)

    For any questions regarding term papers, exams or similar topics, please consult our newly created page.

  • Research Colloquium 2023

    The research colloquium History of Knowledge invites you to exciting lectures and discussions again this semester.

    You can find the link to the current programme here.

  • Lake Constance-Retreat History of Knowledge 2023

    From 22. June to 24. June 2023 the Lake Constance-Retreat History of Knowledge 2023 "Utopia as Colonial Practice" will take place.

    You can find the link to the current programme here.

  • Call for Papers:
    Post-Extractivist Universities of the 21st Century

    Participants in the concluding meeting of the first cycle of ERUA activities will be invited to formulate demands and suggestions fostering the transformation of our universities beyond the extractivist logic on which they remain established.

    Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2023

    Find out more here.

  • Lecture
    Betroffenheit, Parteilichkeit, Wissenschaftlichkeit – feministisches Wissen über sexualisierte Gewalt an Kindern, 1980-2010.

    The History of Knowledge Research Colloquium invites you to attend:

    Ruth Pope (University of Hamburg)

    "Betroffenheit, Parteilichkeit, Wissenschaftlichkeit – feministisches Wissen über sexualisierte Gewalt an Kindern, 1980-2010."

    The lecture will take place on Thursday 15 June 2023 from 5pm to 6.30pm in room D 404 or via Zoom. It is a cooperation with the University of Rouen (Dr. Emeline Fourment). 

    Registration/Zoom-Link: Sekretariat

  • Bodensee vor Bergen
    Bodensee vor Bergen

    Desert Edens: Colonial Climate Engineering in the Age of Anxiety.

    As part of the Bodensee-Retreat 2023 History of Knowledge "Utopia as Colonial Practice", Philipp Lehmann (University of California, Riverside) will give a lecture on "Desert Edens. Colonial Engineering in the Age of Anxiety."

    The lecture will take place at the ZFK and via Zoom at 6 pm on the 22nd of June 2023. 

    registration/zoom link: Sekretariat. 

  • Bäume im Innenhof
    Bäume im Innenhof

    Geld, Krieg, Gesundheit: Wie die Geschichte den Umgang mit wissenschaftlicher Expertise prägt

    On 28 June, a lecture on "Money, War, Health: How History Shapes the Handling of Scientific Expertise" by Caspar Hirschi will take place as part of the Colloquium on the History of Knowledge.

    The lecture will be held at the Rosengartenmuseum Konstanz.

    All information can be found here.

  • Health Feminism
    International Conference

    From 19 to 21 October, an international conference on "Women's Bodies, Women's Rights. Health Feminism, Reproductive Knowledge and Women's Activism Across Europe in the long 20th Century" at the University of Konstanz.

    Further information can be found here.

  • Welcome!

    We are very pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Christa Wirth as a Visiting Professor of the History of Knowledge Research Group for the summer semester.

    You can find more information about Christa Wirth here.

  • Welcome!

    We are happy to announce that Candice Mermet is joining the working group History of Knowledge as a research assistant.

    Find more information about Candice Mermet here.

  • Reading Recommendation:
    Student Representatives’ Perceived Effectiveness

    In her Master's thesis "Student Representatives’ Perceived Effectiveness of their Engagement in European University Alliances’ Governance Structures" (2022, University of Konstanz/Utrecht University), Kathrin Ebel explored student representatives’ perceptions of their engagement’s effectiveness in transnational higher education alliance governance such as ERUA. Find out more about the results of her survey conducted with 67 students from 24 university alliances here.