Learning Places, TechNetEMPIRE International Conference

 This event aims at tackling the possibility of a comparative view on how, when and where learning institutions of technical and scientific knowledge were organized across empires. By comparing different case studies in fields of knowledge and transformation of the built environment - military engineering, cartography, among others - the goal is to establish a comparative frame of the political-scientific enterprise of empires, across geographies and times.

The conference proposes a comparative reading between formal or non-formal structures of learning and individual agency abilities, that enables the understanding of transformations, influences and entanglements in different geographies from multiple spheres of knowledge and practices.


The conference seeks to answer particular questions such as:

-       How did each empire manage the creation and location of its technical learning structures?

-       How did each empire handle the circulation of technical agents?

-       How did agents circulated and communicated establishing trans-imperial networks of knowledge?

-       How was theoretical knowledge transformed by local and global influences? 

-       How did practical and formal institutional knowledge interact?

-       What was the role of go-betweens - translators, local experts or workers, etc. - in the reshaping of knowledge?

-       One of the most fruitful moments in the production of knowledge are the exchanges (trading zone or contact zone) between different epistemic communities or communities of knowledge. To what extent can these knowledge spaces be considered "trading zones" and to what extent did they foster the exchange of knowledge?


This event is part of the research project TechNetEMPIRE -  Technoscientific networks in the construction of the built environment in the Portuguese Empire (1647-1871) financed by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology.


Keynote Speakers:

 Emilie d’Orgeix (École Pratique des Hautes Études PSL)

 Karel Davids (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


Scientific Commission:

Alice Santiago Faria (CHAM, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Antonio Sánchez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

Beatriz Bueno (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Fernando Cobos Guerra (MUR - Universidad Alfonso X, Madrid, Spain)

Isabelle Warmoes ( Musée des Plain-reliefs, Paris, France)

José Omar Moncada Maya (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)

Jorge Correia (Lab 2PT, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, Portugal)

Margarida Tavares da Conceição (IHA, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Maria Paula Diogo (CIUHCT, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany)

Pieter Martens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium)

Renata Malcher de Araujo (CHAM, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal)

Walter Rossa (CES, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)



Call for papers: 5 April 2021 - 20 June 2021

Communication of proposals acceptance: 30 July 2021

Registration: 1 August 2021 to 30 September 2021

Papers submission: 30 November 2021

Communication of papers acceptance: 7 January 2022

Event: 3 - 4 February 2022

Final article submission: 15 March 2022


Proposals for papers (maximum 300 words) must be submitted together with a biographical note (maximum 100 words) in English. Please submit by June 20, 2021, using the form: https://forms.gle/9X9DASUw6cH87Smq9


All authors of accepted abstracts must submit a short paper (from 3000 up to 5000 words including footnotes and bibliography), until 30 November 2021.


Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit their articles until 15 March. 

Texts must have up to 10.000 words, including footnotes and bibliography and may include some images, but authors must ensure copyrights. Articles will be evaluated through a peer-review process and will be published in an edited book or in an indexed scientific journal special issue. 

A style guide and a template will be provided.


The sessions will be open to all but registration will be mandatory. 


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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