We need to find what we are not looking for

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We need to find what we are not looking for

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: We need to find what we are not looking for
Author: Pollock, S.
Source: IIAS Newsletter, 43, 1 - 5 (2007)
Publisher: IIAS, Leiden
Issue Date: 2007
Keywords: History
Abstract: The Master Class on "Comparative Intellectual Histories of the Early Modern World" was held at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden in May-June, 2006. The idea of a master class - assembling a team of scholars to discuss recent advances in a field with doctoral and postdoctoral students - is the brain child of IIAS's former director, Wim Stokhof, and I express my thanks to him for his vision and energy in making this intellectual experiment possible. I say experiment because none of the participants, the instructors included, had ever engaged in this kind of comparative intellectual-historical conversation. As Michael Cook confessed, although he works with Benjamin Elman in the very same building at Princeton University, the two had never previously exchanged ideas on problems shared across their regions. It was just this sort of noncommunication - fallout from the division of the world of knowledge into studies of areas - that the class was designed in part to address.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12779

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