IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Authors and owners: issues in the dissemination of knowledge
What does it mean these days to collect, harvest and transmit information and understand it as 'knowledge'. The eagerness with which universities have endorsed the opportunities presented by the knowledge society seems self-evident, and in the UK the eagerness has become very explicit. Knowledge created in one sphere is not just being used in others, it should be so converted into use.
In the case of the social anthropologist, questions arise not only about collaborations and ‘joint authorship’ with others, but indeed about claims to have turned one kind of knowledge into another, where its value is not mutually accessible. Questions arise for everyone about the cumulative effect of reiterating the value of 'usefulness'.
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