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History of Knowledge

Our research investigates knowledge in foreign policy-making with a focus on the strategies of knowledge production and the formation of global knowledge networks. We also explore the structural, hierarchical and temporal dimensions of ignorance: What did governments not know, and how were areas of ignorance identified and managed?

Furthermore, we engage with the field of ‘science and empire’ and the analytical category of ‘colonial knowledge’. We depart from the long-held approach of postcolonial studies to ‘colonial knowledge’ as a hegemonic tool of empire-building. Instead, we understand the production of knowledge in colonial settings as an unsettled and fractious process that often challenged and destabilised colonial state power.