Open seminar: Universities and the institutional geography of knowledge: Imports, exports, trade routes and failed exchanges

Seminar with Professor Steven Brint, University of California - Riverside

Professor Steven Brint, University of California - Riverside. Photo: Private


Knowledge is usually considered the province of the academic sector. Using metaphors drawn from the study of trade and examples drawn from business, architecture, the military, and the popular culture industries, this paper broadens our conception of knowledge and discusses the role of academe in the flow of knowledge across institutional sectors.  It develops a vocabulary for discussing exports into and out of academe, as well as corruptions in knowledge goods, failed exchanges, and boycotts and blockades. While the conclusions of the paper tend to reduce the role of academe as the primary producer of new knowledge, they also underline its role as judicial metropole in the knowledge trade across institutional sectors.


Published Mar. 11, 2013 3:48 PM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2015 3:24 PM