H – Knowledge production
Politics and practices of co-production of social knowledge
Sunday, 28 June - 9:00 – 11:00
- ThemeH – Knowledge production
- Anne Kwaschik (University of Konstanz)
- Anne Kwaschik (University of Konstanz)
- Schirin Amir-Moazami (Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Islamwissenschaft)
- Thomas Kirsch (University of Konstanz)
- Corinna R. Unger (European University Institute, Florence)
- Katja Naumann (Wissenschafts Campus EEGA)
The Cunning of Integration: Notes on the 'Muslim Question' in Europe
The Cunning of Integration: Notes on the 'Muslim Question' in EuropeThroughout the last decades European immigration societies have discovered "integration" as the key paradigm to deal with the rising religious and cultural plurality. Both in political discourse and in academia integration is conventionally understood as an antidote to intercultural or interreligious strife, as a counter-strategy to marginalisation and exclusion and hence as inevitable. For a few exceptions (Schinkel 2017; Hess et al. 2014; Castro Verela 2012) the political rationalities, functions as much as the legacies of integration have rarely been questioned. My paper critically addresses this celebratory conquest of integration as an answer to multicultural questions. My starting point is the excessive focus on Muslims (or people marked as such) as the central subjects of integration programs and discourses throughout Europe. More specifically, I show how assimilationary projects of the 19th century are both inscribed and concealed in contemporary politics of integration. Pertaining to the key questions raised in this panel, I argue that the co-production of social knowledge by minoritized populations in this case has rather nurtured than remedied the cunning of integration in European nation state.
Security and the Politics of Partial Knowledge
Security and the Politics of Partial KnowledgeThe paper explores the politics of knowledge among agencies engaged in the provision of crime prevention in present-day South Africa, especially the private security industry. It shows that many of these agencies are entangled in transnationally circulating forms of security expertise but also draw on militarized traditions stemming from the Apartheid era. I suggest that knowledge production in this field is ‘partial’ in two senses of the word: fragmentary and politically positioned in the one way or the other. While also examining attempts to deal with this challenge through knowledge co-production, such as with local police forces, the paper argues that the fragmentary nature of security knowledge becomes instrumentalized for the profit-oriented production of an ontological insecurity on the part of local populations.
Corinna R. Unger
Europeanizing Knowledge: The Case of the European Science Foundation
Europeanizing Knowledge: The Case of the European Science FoundationIn 1974, several European science organizations established the European Science Foundation (ESF) with the goal of increasing scientific cooperation in Europe and establishing European research standards. In doing so, they reacted to an initiative by Altiero Spinelli, the European Community’s Commissioner for Industrial Policy and Research, who had lobbied for a joint European science policy in the face of accelerating economic globalization and the perceived standstill of the European integration process. This paper studies the ways in which the different actors involved framed their expectations towards the ‘Europeanization’ of scientific knowledge production and the challenges they encountered in the process.
The Debates about ‘Indigenous’ Knowledge in the UNESCO-Programme for International Social Science Research
The Debates about ‘Indigenous’ Knowledge in the UNESCO-Programme for International Social Science ResearchFrom its establishment UNESCO engaged in the international development of social science research by working towards a global infrastructure for national, regional and international cooperation. Following the wave of decolonialization in the 1950-60s several regional research councils in the Global South were set up, which became arenas for the growing demands for indigenous social sciences based on the postcolonial critique. In the UNESCO-led and Paris-based international bodies of the field, the quest for decolonizing the social sciences was met in ambivalent ways. The paper discusses the tensions between the ideal of a globally co-produced social theory and the realities of the dominant occidental-centric knowledge order and its divides.