Again, Dr. Lynne Kelly discusses this sort of process in non-Western and primarily oral cultures as well. Songlines - The Power and Promise #has some interesting discussion of this in the Australian aboriginal cultures.

Take away: Songlines ARE equivalent to the Great Conversation.”


Scholars are likely familiar with the so-called Great Conversation,” or the idea in Western thought that we collectively participate in an iterative process of knowledge production through reference, review, and refinement. As our conversation continues over time, an ever-expanding network of annotation–through notation, citation, links, and data–traces an interconnected lineage of ideas and insight. 1


links: orality, scientific method, third archive songlines

connected ideas:


  1. [[Joining the great conversation’ — The fundamental role of annotation in academic society]] | syndication link↩︎


June 8, 2021