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KNOW-IN: Knowledge Infrastructures: Circulation, Transfer and Translation of Knowledge across Borders

This CITAS-funded research network “Knowledge Infrastructures: Circulation, Transfer and Translation of Knowledge across Borders” (short: KNOW-IN) explores the interconnections between infrastructures and knowledge production and the processes of circulation, transfer, and translation they facilitate across and beyond borders. We bring together scholars from multiple disciplinary and institutional backgrounds to build on a set of case studies from a broad variety of historical and cultural contexts to put Area Studies and Science and Technology Studies into a productive conversation.

How do infrastructures create connections that enable the generation, circulation, translation, and dissemination of various forms of knowledge across cultural, regional, or national borders? And conversely, how do these (emerging) forms of knowledge contribute to the construction, stabilization and maintenance of infrastructures? How exactly do infrastructures manifest, for instance as institutions or institutional webs, agents, gatekeepers, routes, and other structures of transfer, translation, and circulation? What role do they play for knowledge production by enabling the transmission of cultural goods and objects, material, people, or ideas, thus creating spaces for inter- and transnational collaborations and alliances or zones for intercultural and intellectual exchange? This is the central set of questions our transdisciplinary network focuses on in its collective research.

Next event:

KNOW-IN III: Workshop | Exploring Practices of Infrastructuring July 14–15, 2022
University of Regensburg, CITAS Office “Sammelgebäude 214”

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KNOW-IN III: Exploring Practices of Infrastructuring

July 14–15, 2022| University of Regensburg, CITAS Office “Sammelgebäude 214”
Organized by the CITAS-funded Research Network “Knowledge Infrastructures: Circulation, Transfer and Translation of Knowledge across Borders” (KNOW-IN) • University of Regensburg

In this workshop, selected members of the KNOW-IN research network and affiliated scholars will discuss diverse notions of infrastructures, e.g., humans as infrastructures or the socio-cultural sphere as an infrastructure, and shift attention to influential factors for the creation of infrastructures, such as underlying notions of space and the role of specialized agents. In this context, we will particularly focus on ‘infrastructuring,’ i.e., the practices that are derived from and/or constitutive of the workings of infrastructures.

The programme is available here.

4 May 2020, 18:00 - official launch presentation of the two CITAS research networks

Kick-Off Workshop KNOW-IN, 24.08.2020, online

Carmen Dexl & Christian Reiß (UR): Knowledge Infrastructures: Circulation, Transfer and Translation of Knowledge across Borders

Panel I “Literary, linguistic, cultural, (implicit) knowledge infrastructures”

Chair: Carmen Dexl
Frederic Ponten (UR): Literary Infrastructures of Cosmopolitanism in 18th Century Germany
Ákos Bitter (UR): Transfers and circulations of Knowledge between Central Europe and Russia in the First Half of the 19th century  - the Example of Ignaz Aurelius Feßler (1756‐1839)
Antje Kley (FAU): Being Mortal: Literary and Medical Infrastructures of Knowledge Production around Death

Panel II “Infrastructural entanglements & cross-border exchange”

Chair: Frederic Ponten
Carmen Dexl (UR): Black Performance Culture in Interwar Europe: The Infrastructures of Transnational Modernism and the Production of Embodied Knowledge
Roland Wittje (IIT Madras): Transnational Scientific and Technological exchanges and entanglements between India and Germany after 1945
Christian Reiß (UR): Oysters, Dams and Forests – the History of Ecology in the early 20th century as an Infrastructural History

Panel  III “Scientific and technological infrastructures and the production of knowledge regimes”

Chair: Christian Reiß
Nils Bennemann (UDE): International Organizations as Knowledge Regimes: Practices and Networks
Luminita Gatejel (IOS): Engineering the Lower Danube: Technology and Territoriality in an Imperial Borderland

Concluding discussion and outlook



Dr. Carmen Dexl – Assistant Professor at the Chair of American Studies, Universität Regensburg

Dr. Christian Reiß – Assistant Professor at the Professorship for the History of Science, Universität Regensburg


Dr. Nils Bennemann – Assistant Professor at the Chair of Social- and Economic History, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

Dr. Ákos Bitter – Assistant Professor at the Research Center for German in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Universität Regensburg.

Dr. Luminita Gatejel – Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg.

Prof. Dr. Antje Kley – Chair of American Studies, esp. Literary Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Julia Maier M.A. – PhD candidate at the Chair of Romance and Comparative Literatures, Universität Potsdam.

Dr. Frederic Ponten – Assistant Professor at the Chair of Modern German Literature, Universität Regensburg

Xiyue Wang M.A. – PhD candidate in the History Department, Princeton University.

Prof. Dr. Roland Wittje – Associate Professor in History of Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in Chennai, India.


Know In Network


Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

Dr. Carmen Dexl
Tel: +49 941 943 - 3475

Dr. Christian Reiß
+49 941 943-3642