With COMPASS we want to establish a home for interdisciplinary studies of the multiple ways by which the creation and circulation of knowledge is enabled and disabled. COMPASS is based on the premise that the conditions of this circulation can be approached as a dynamics between forms and norms of knowledge.
Forms and norms of knowledge
While text remains central for the dissemination of knowledge, the material and medial conditions for writing, editing, reviewing, publishing, and reading texts are today being transformed, which affects the shaping of knowledge both within and outside academia. Knowledge also travels in bodies and objects, through performances and exhibitions, in spoken and recorded form.
The multiplicity of forms is matched by a multiplicity of norms: from artisanal knowledge guilds to non-disclosure agreements, from shrink-wrap clicking to open access, forms and norms of knowledge co-exist in various materialities and various regulatory practices.
COMPASS sits in the intersection where texts, performances, images and objects clash and co-exist with norms, regulation, classification, informal and formal modes of control and dissemination regarding the mediatic molding and circulation of knowledge.
To promote innovative curculation of knowledge
As a research hub, COMPASS aims to connect researchers, arrange high-quality seminars and promote innovative circulation of knowledge.