What a wonderful set of articles this is to think with. They frame the issue of what it means to archive knowledge, to classify multiplicity, at this point in time.

Both the Indian creation of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) and the Chinese drive to systematize ethnic knowledge confront immediate aporias. In order for the TKDL to do its work, it must assume categories recognizable by, in the first instance, the European Patent Office. For the Chinese project to succeed, overlapping heterogeneous modes of treating the body must be coalesced into clear ethnic clusters. Each exercise is historiographically deep and an exquisite instrument for understanding the present.

Let us start with the issue of justice. These four articles describe an attempt to achieve justice through archiving. For the (postcolonial) colonizers—led by big Pharma—have indeed endeavored to prospect knowledge out of those...

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