About the Topic
This Theme Group studies the different connections between knowledge, commercialisation, emotions and the economy. By looking at the role of affects in the commodification of knowledge, members of this group highlight the role that bodies and emotions play in knowledge societies, while also stressing the performative aspects of knowledge. Furthermore, it allows us to overcome the divide between useful knowledge and the aesthetics of knowledge. One of the central concepts of this working group is that of ‘affective economies’, a term that highlights the personal and affective aspects of knowledge and the market.
The Theme Group consists of international scholars Anne Goldgar,
Karel Vanhaesebrouck, Martin Mulsow, Ulinka Rublack, and
Claudia Swan, with visiting fellows Inger Leemans (VU University Amsterdam), Feike Dietz (Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University) and
Claartje Rasterhoff (University of Amsterdam).
Descartes Theme Group
This Theme Group is part of a collaboration between NIAS, the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities (Utrecht University), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) and the Huygens ING (Amsterdam). Read more about the global knowledge society project or read more about Descartes theme-group fellowships…