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Epistemic Communities, Localization, and the Dynamics of Knowledge Creation

Epistemic Communities, Localization, and the Dynamics of Knowledge Creation
100 St. George Street, Sidney Smith Hall room 3130
Time: Nov 22nd, 12:00 pm End: Nov 22nd, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Geography & Planning (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design
Lecture by Patrick Cohendet, École des Hautes Études commerciales de Montréal

The Departments of Political Science and Geography & Planning are pleased to present the Global Innovation & Regional Development Speaker Series:

Patrick Cohendet, Department of International Business, HEC Montréal

Epistemic Communities, Localization, and the Dynamics of Knowledge Creation


This talk aims to clarify how epistemic communities dynamically shape the process of knowledge creation in a localized context, and how the evolving interaction between different members of these communities enables knowledge to transit from its locus of emergence to the global market. It is argued that these dynamics rest on a series of clashes between different frames of reference, which enables bits of knowledge to be progresively revealed, enhanced, nurtured, interpreted and enacted collectively.  We illustrate our thoughts using the well-known case of Cubism to capture the essence of the local development of an epistemic community. We introduce a discussion on the nature of epistemic communities and their interactions with local characteristics, advocating that the local dimension greatly influences the development of epistemic movements. We then analyze how a given localization can "harness" the cognitive work of an epistemic community to derive cultural and economic benefits from it. We conclude with a general discussion of our findings.

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact the organizers, Harald Bathelt or Pierre Desrochers.

Sponsored by the Canada Research Chair in Innovation and Governance

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