Applying “Knowledge Circulation” in Historical Research


  • Lisa Hoppel Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Universität Wien
  • Florence Klauda Institut für Historische Sozialforschung, Arbeiterkammer Wien
  • Nora Lehner Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Universität Wien



knowledge in motion, knowledge circulation


The history of knowledge pays increasing attention to questions of “how, when, and, if necessary, why a certain knowledge emerges – and disappears again”, and further to what effects it has, in which contexts it functions, and who its stakeholders are. Over the past decade, it has developed into a dynamic field, producing fruitful concepts that now need to be empirically reassessed. One of the key concepts within the field is the much discussed “knowledge circulation”. It implies that knowledge is not simply spread linearly from A to B, remaining unchanged. Rather, it suggests a multidirectional process in which knowledge is produced, mobilised, and always transformed. Understanding knowledge as the product of a circulation process allows for an analytical shift towards the process of knowledge production itself.





Hoppel, L., Klauda, F., & Lehner, N. (2023). Applying “Knowledge Circulation” in Historical Research. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften, 34(3), 7–20.