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The Center for the Study of Local Knowledge has initiated a series of investigations on and related to the theme of local knowledge. Each of these studies feature an interdisciplinary group of academic and lay scholars dedicated to developing new and innovative research designs and methods. In addition, these projects illuminate new and novel ways in which conceptions of local knowledge can critically inform and enhance research and teaching.

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Local Knowledge and Constructions of Gender, Race, and Nation

Project: Mapping Monticello's Diaspora

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The Monticello plantation and surrounding communities in Central Virginia provide a unique interpretive space on which to map discourses of gender and race in the construction of citizenship and national belonging. Monticello's history, from the eighteenth century to the present, represents a number of "overlapping diasporas:" the extension of plantation slave societies in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World; the intellectual universe of Thomas Jefferson, author of Notes on the State of Virginia; the lived experience of enslaved Africans and their descendants; and, today a contested site of memory - for some, a shrine to America's democratic ideals, for others a symbol of America's most humbling failures.

Project: Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Virginia 1945-1975

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This collaborative project will collect and examine oral histories of residents of the City of Danville, Virginia in order to begin to comprehend how residents understood citizenship and community over space and time. The main research thrust will focus on the social, political, and cultural dynamics of the Holbrook-Ross neighborhood, a segregated African-American neighborhood that developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This project promises to shed light on the nature of residents' connections to and interactions with local, state, and national places, people, and ideas. Through the collection and analysis of oral histories, we may come to better understand constructions of gender, race, and nation as well as how meaning is constructed and ascribed to "sites of memory."

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Constructions of Local Knowledge

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Production, Reproduction, and Representations of Local Knowledge

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Local Knowledge and Cultures of Globalization

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Economic, Political, and Intellectual Challenges of Local Knowledge

Project: Local Knowledge and Public Health

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In collaboration with the Center for Global Health and the Center for Improving Minority Health, the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge will launch a series of investigations examining historical and contemporary relationships between local knowledge and public health. This project is particularly interested in the implications of local knowledge, as articulated in and through medical discourses, in constructions of gender, ethnic, and racial identities and the impact on public health policy.

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Local Knowledge and Public Policy

Project: Local Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights

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