Founding Director Pamela Smith Publishes Edited Volume

May 08, 2019
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Pamela Smith edited the newly released Entangled Itineraries: Materials, Practices, and Knowledges across Eurasia, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. 

Trade flowed across Eurasia, around the Indian Ocean, and over the Mediterranean for millennia, but in the early modern period, larger parts of the globe became connected through these established trade routes. Knowledge, embodied in various people, materials, texts, objects, and practices, also moved and came together along these routes in hubs of exchange where different social and cultural groups intersected and interacted.

Entangled Itineraries traces this movement of knowledge across the Eurasian continent from the early years of the Common Era to the nineteenth century, following local goods, techniques, tools, and writings as they traveled and transformed into new material and intellectual objects and ways of knowing. Contributors explore the many ways in which materials, practices, and knowledge systems were transformed and codified as they converged, swelled, at times disappeared, and often reemerged anew.

Pamela Smith is the Founding Director of the Center for Science and Society and Cluster Leader of the Making and Knowing Project as well as the Seth Low Professor of History.