The Faculty of Arts

Knowledge, Organisation, Power

The research node Knowledge, Organisation, Power (KOP) gathers researchers and doctoral students interested in philosophical and historical analyses of knowledge-based information society. Contemporary discussions of political challenges and prioritizations are often based on the assumption that the economic, social and cultural conditions of society have undergone a radical change. As the possibilities for individual as well as collective reflection are modified, the conditions for discussing common concerns likewise change.

Researchers within the humanities ought to participate in such discussions to a much greater degree than they have as yet done. The very premise that a radical change has taken place deserves much more consideration. From a historical perspective it would seem, rather, that the production and circulation of knowledge has been reshaping society for several centuries. At the same time, there is no denying that many aspects of these matters have changed drastically. In what ways, one might therefore ask, do contemporary visions of the role of knowledge for society, for the economy and for politics, differ from earlier visions?

KOP’s starting point is an inclusive conception of knowledge, in which historically and theoretically diverse and mutable conceptualizations of the subject inform the research activities. The node focuses the points of intersection between three different aspects of handling knowledge:  the materiality of knowledge transmission, organisational aspects thereof, and finally the interrelated generation of power relations. Each aspect should thus be understood as an analytical facet of the production of knowledge, rather than as a different phase thereof, as tends to happen when, for instance, one differentiates between "(information) collection" and "institutions", or "mediation" and "application". KOP, in contrast, works with questions about how knowledge comes into existence and is mediated through different media, about how these media interrelate to organizational aspects, and about how power is established and put into practice in this interplay. 

Konferens: Money Matters - Thinking About Money in Times of Change

Datum: 8 juni 2018
Tid: 8.30-18
Plats: Universitetshuset, sal VIII


9:30–10:30  Eyja Brynjarsdóttir (Reykjavik)  “Is Money Real?”
10:30–11:30  Tomas Ekenberg (Uppsala)  “Is Money Evil?”
11:30–12:30  Marco Goldoni (Glasgow) “The Legal Theory of Money between Conventionalism and Institutionalism”

Lunch break

13:30–14:30  Clément Fontan (Gothenburg)“Making Sense of Central Bank Digital Currencies”
14:30-15:30  Lars Lindblom (Umeå)”Bitcoins Left and Right”


16:00–17:00  Gabriel Söderberg (Uppsala)“State Money vs. Private Money: Does it Matter?
17:00–18:00  Patrik Winton (Uppsala) “Money and political regimes in Sweden, 1700-1850

Seating is limited. Interested in joining us? Please contact

Money is one of those things that we tend to think we understand. That is, until we start to consider its complexity as a technology that structures the presuppositions and practices of nearly all human interaction. At the present moment in time, money is becoming even more complex to grasp as we are entering into uncharted territory featuring many-layered virtual economies, crypto-currencies and global financial flows.

While philosophers and social scientists of old were working towards grand unified theories, the second half of the twentieth century saw a general turn toward diversification and specialization. This led to an explosive growth of expertise in many fields, but it also led to a fragmentation of the scholarly debate into factions with little or no mutual exchange. Instead of rivaling overarching theories, we are now seeing various sets of mutually independent systems of local hypotheses driving highly specialized research.

This conference will bring together scholars working on different aspects of money – both its theory (metaphysics, epistemology, law, ethics, economics) and practice (history, sociology and politics). The principal aim is to take stock of what different approaches can contribute to a more unified discussion of money.

Tomas Ekenberg, Uppsala University
Joakim Sandberg, University of Gothenburg

Tidigare evenemang

Seminarium: Flykting- och migrationsfrågor - kunskap, organisation, makt

Datum: 19/10 2017
Tid: 10:15-12:00
Plats: Eng7-1013

En av vår tids mest omdebatterade och – tycks det – politiskt svårlösta frågor är, inte minst i Sverige, s.k. flyktingkriser men också mer övergripande frågor om migration och integration.

Den 19/10 inbjuder forskningsnoden KOM till ett seminarium om flykting- och migrationsfrågor. Utifrån nodens begrepp – kunskap, organisation, makt – hoppas seminariet kunna behandla några aspekter av en historiskt intressant fråga som alltid tycks vara dagsaktuell.

Utifrån denna vida utgångspunkt ger tre forskare sina bidrag:

Karin Borevi, docent i statsvetenskap vid Södertörns högskola, affilierad forskare till statsvetenskapliga institutionen och Centrum för religion och samhälle (Uppsala universitet). Hennes forskning kretsar kring frågor om invandring, medborgarskap, mångkulturalism och välfärdsstat inom flera teman, t.ex. svensk integrationspolitisk historia, europeisk jämförande policyanalys samt politisk-teoretisk forskning om mångkulturalism, rättvisa och jämlikhet.

Karin Kvist Geverts, utredare vid Kungliga biblioteket. Hon disputerade vid Hugo Valentin-centrum och Historiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet, på en avhandling om svenska myndigheters syn på och behandling av judiska flyktingar under andra världskriget och Förintelsen. Karin har även ägnat sig åt frågor om flyktingpolitik, antisemitism och Förintelsens minneskultur och varit verksam på Forum för levande historia.

Henrik Malm Lindberg, Utredningssekreterare vid DELMI, Delegationen för migrationsstudier (en av regering tillsatt delegation för migrationsfrågor). Henrik är docent i ekonomisk historia vid Uppsala universitet och affilierad forskare till Ratio (Näringslivets forskningsinstitut). I sin forskning har Henrik främst ägnat sig åt frågor rörande arbetsmarknad, lönebildning och politisk förändring.

Seminariet avrundas med ett ”rundabordssamtal” om migrationsforskningens villkor och möjlighet för seminariedeltagarna att ställa frågor.

Kort inledning och lös ledning av tillfället görs av Mikael Byström

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