CFP: Geographie und Migration des Wissens // Géographie et migration du savoir

April 26-27, 2019, Riga, Latvia

Geography and Migration of Knowledge: Interdisciplinary and International Conference of the University of Latvia Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art with the support of the National Library of Latvia, Institut français de Lettonie and Goethe-Institut Lettland

Working languages: Latvian, French and German with simultaneous interpretation

The knowledge structures, organizes and allows to grasp the visible and invisible reality. As a specific type of world management relationship, it has common characteristics with power. Thus, it is not without reason that the intensive accumulation of knowledge initiated in the mid-nineteenth century by the Latvian intellectual elite has resulted in a power structure – a nation-state – whose founding act dates back to 1918. As the relations were mutually reinforcing, soon important knowledge institutions were founded in the Republic of Latvia: the National Library and the University, which develop and strengthen the foundations of culture while continuing to accumulate knowledge. The development of education and the definition of its content facilitates search for new models of knowledge and their implementation, including adaptation of already existing models.

Migration of knowledge can take the form of communication between two or more people, mutual exchange or unilateral transfer within different groups (social, ethnic, institutional, etc.), as well as displacements of forms or objects not requiring a direct human presence: books, works of art, devices, media, virtual space etc. The spatial nature of knowledge migration encourages reflection on regularities of the geographical distribution of knowledge, its focal points, propagation trends, initiators or mediators of displacement.

The objectives of the conference are at least threefold:

  1. addressing the specific study of knowledge migration in the geographical area of historical territory of Latvia, notably by updating the interaction between Latvian, German-Baltic and French influenced environment of ideas and knowledge, but also contemporary Latvia, particularly in the context of its European processes;
  2. highlighting the importance of books as a foundation material for knowledge migration and allowing to study the specific meaning of other tangible and virtual support instruments of knowledge;
  3. revealing new perspectives of interpreting mobilization of synergies between knowledge agents and diffusion of knowledge in a local environment as well as through cross-border channels.

We offer some guidelines (not restrictive) for conference papers:

  • migration of knowledge as a necessity,
  • knowledge migration: points of departure and arrival,
  • agents of knowledge and culture,
  • history/traceability of knowledge transfer,
  • patterns of spatial migration of knowledge,
  • knowledge migration from one domain to another,
  • perception of new knowledge,
  • private and public libraries: selection criteria,
  • invisible libraries: funds and lost knowledge,
  • library and circulation of knowledge,
  • archives, information and knowledge,
  • geographical location of knowledge,
  • knowledge, publishers, readers,
  • diffusion, distribution, communication channels of knowing,
  • change of knowledge: transfer and transformation.

Organizing Committee
Simona Valke, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia
Māra Grudule, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia
Mārtiņš Laizāns, Faculty of Humanities, University of Latvia
Anne-Sophie Lelong, Institut français de Lettonie

Contact Info:

An abstract of circa 200 words (registration form available here) must be sent by March 1, 2019 to The confirmation of inclusion in the conference programme will be sent to the author by March 15, 2019. The presentation of each paper will last a maximum of twenty minutes. The delivered papers will be included in a trilingual conference proceedings.

See more information here.

Call for papers

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Posted: January 14, 2019