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Theorizing the Global Hispanophone as a dynamic of (dis)entanglement: contributions from a history of science perspective

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In this article, I propose an understanding of the Global Hispanophone as a dynamic of (dis)entanglement, taking as points of departure a global history of science perspective, as well as feminist and decolonial science and technology studies. Discussing conceptual thinking on issues such as the circulation and noncirculation of knowledge and objects in colonial contexts, I develop a number of suggestions with regard to how scholars might study the entanglement (relationality) of different entities in cultural contact zones. I further explore how the hybridity resulting from such entanglement is often rendered invisible by processes of what I call “disentanglement” (denial of relationality). I also suggest how Global Hispanophone studies might trace the ways in which entanglement is prevented from occurring in the first place. While this article focuses on the (dis)entanglement of scientific knowledge, its premise is that this dynamic can also be explored in regard to other forms of knowledge beyond the field of science.
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Keywords: Equatorial Guinea; circulation; entanglement; history of science; science and technology studies

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany

Publication date: April 3, 2019

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