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Fusion of two images: "Dyers scraping stenciled fabrics," figure 235, Hommel & Mercer, China at Work 1937, and "Indian indigo-dye worker," photo A. Mamidipudi, 2017.

Dept. III

Artifacts, Action, Knowledge

Department III studies the history of knowledge and action considering the changing role of artifacts: texts, objects, and spaces. Our research collectively examines the processes and structures by which people grappled with the materiality of existence. Through the analysis of everyday actions, we interrogate the boundaries and intersections between the inner workings of objects and all domains of life. Together these approaches allow us to pursue inquiries into historical epistemologies of action. Our research structure has three entry points: artifacts (things), action (making), knowledge (work). 

Research Themes

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Histories of Planning
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The Body of Animals
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Source-Based Initiatives

Department III Events

The Use of al-Idrisi's (d. c. 1165) Geographical Oeuvre in the Extant Products of the Mapmaking Workshops of the Sharafi Family in Sfax and Qayrawan during the 16th Century

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Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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The Construction of a “Chinese Ancient Climatology” in the Practice of Phenology

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A Green-Colored Leaf Called Tabaġa: Early Ottoman Inquiries into an American Plant

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News & Press

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft berichtet im Newsroom über das MPIWG-Projekt History of Science "ON CALL"

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Dagmar Schäfer im Interview mit radioeins vom RBB über ihre Forschung und den Gewinn des Leibniz-Preises

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Direktorin Dagmar Schäfer im OWC Verlag für Außenwirtschaft zum Erhalt des Leibniz-Preises 2020 genannt

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Publications & Digital Resources

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