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Platforms support what we do—and what we might do next. By providing stability (we work on them), choice (we switch among them), and possibility (we launch from them) the concept of platforms  is performing an increasingly important role in descriptions of change. Like software platforms, for example, knowledge platforms support certain configurations and activities and preclude others. Knowledge only takes shape as recognizable forms of knowledge when sited on a platform that enables distinctions between those forms. This is how and why we experience and perpetuate differences between, say, sociological forms of inquiry and the knowledge they produce and police, and historical forms of inquiry. Thanks to our current platform, we experience knowledge as organized into the modern disciplines—an experience that emerged from Enlightenment and is now engendering desires for change. The most frequently voiced desire is for interdisciplinarity, but that perpetuates “discipline” as the assumed form for knowledge; it alters only the relationships among those forms. To change the assumption itself we would have to change how the platform works. To that end, it is useful to think of disciplinarity as a surface phenomenon of the knowledge platform. The platform itself is constructed out of the conceptual architectures and the protocols for investigation, explanation, and description that constitute the set of pathways or relays that, at any particular historical moment, allow us to make and recognize knowledge. At moments of instability we can more clearly see how knowledge is always produced in contexts designed to reduce such instability. Disciplinarity maintains itself through a set of epistemological habits: forms and procedures for curating (stabilizing), disseminating (transmitting) and accrediting (valuing) knowledge. Since the production of new knowledge is most likely to arise in the movements between unstable and stable states of the platform, we need to devise strategies (including new protocols) for enhancing the random and non-predictable conditions under which such knowledge emerges.

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