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Subversion, Conversion, DevelopmentCross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design$
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James Leach and Lee Wilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027168

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027168.001.0001

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Assembling Diverse Knowledges

Assembling Diverse Knowledges

Trails and Storied Spaces in Time

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(p.153) 8 Assembling Diverse Knowledges
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Subversion, Conversion, Development
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David Turnbull

Wade Chambers

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027168.003.0008

This paper explores a variety of approaches to the assemblage of knowledges from differing traditions without subsuming them into the overarching suppositions and prerequisite standards of any given tradition. The paper is in two parts; the first draws on recent thinking about complex adaptive systems, and about narrative and movement in the construction of knowledge, place and space. The second part describes the work of TASSIT (Trails and Storied Spaces in Time), a project working to design digital “third spaces” in which the narratological re-conception of knowledges allows for the creation of an interactive commons useful for teaching and research at universities as well as for exhibition and collections data-basing at museums. These spaces attempt to re-contextualize accounts that may have first appeared as scholarly and scientific papers, elders’ stories, social and cultural interactions, maps, khipu, hieroglyphic inscription, dance, structures, textiles, rock art, and numerous other forms in which knowledge may be fixed, implied or performed.

Keywords:   Knowledges, Indigenous, ‘storied spaces’, Place, Website, Stories, ‘Complex Adaptive Systems’

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