is a renaissance underway in the study of conceptions of local knowledge.
As the value of objectivity and the desirability of "grand
narratives" are called into question, there has been a marked
increase in the range and depth of studies that advance the centrality
of local knowledge. The (re)turn to this framework holds out the
possibility of gaining a more nuanced understanding of particular
trends, theories, and methods. Scholars promoting the use of this
concept are reshaping the boundaries of their disciplines in assessing
how and in what manner local knowledge can best be utilized to enhance
research and teaching.
in 2002, the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge (CSLK) is the
first and only such research center in the United States dedicated
to rethinking the concept of local knowledge. CSLK’s goal
is to explore and articulate new ways of understanding how conceptions
of local knowledge are implicated in constructions of gender, race,
and nation. CSLK is dedicated to building an inclusive intellectual
community in an effort to dramatically transform relationships of
knowledge and power.
this endeavor, CSLK has assembled a distinguished group of Faculty
Fellows. Representing diverse disciplinary backgrounds and research
interests from across the University of Virginia, CSLK’s Faculty
Fellows are a vibrant and exciting group of scholars who critically
reflect on how and in what ways new and innovative research and
teaching frameworks featuring an emphasis on local knowledge can
transform cultures of scholarship in the academy.
Center for the Study of Local Knowledge has ambitious agenda and
we welcome your ideas.