From history of science to history of knowledge? Themes and perspectives in colonial Australasia
【Abstract】 This overview article presents some of the main approaches to histories of colonial science in Australasia as well as suggesting future areas of research. Given the plurality of knowledge systems in the colonial period, we argue that a framework defined by history of knowledge, rather than history of science, better reflects the realities of colonial Australasia and opens up opportunities for fresh and innovative scholarship. A ‘history of knowledge systems’ approach, we contend, has the potential to free the study of non‐Western knowledge systems from normative approaches that define other systems only in relation to Western science. A history of knowledge approach, we believe, enables scholars to explore the complex ways in which knowledge‐making in colonial Australasia arose from both Indigenous and non‐Indigenous traditions, perspectives and practices.
【Author】 James Beattie, Ruth A. Morgan
【Journal】 History Compass(IF：1) Time：2021-04-23