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The Zhao Yu Tu (“map of the area of the mausoleum”), excavated in the late 1970s in Pingshan County, south-central Hebei Province. Hebei Provincial Museum at Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China.

Dept. III

Artefacts, Action, & Knowledge

Department III studies the history of knowledge and action. The two main areas of interest are the processes and structures that lead to varying configurations of collaborative and individual bodies of knowledge as well as the changing role of artefacts—texts, objects, and spaces—in the creation, diffusion, and use of scientific and technological knowledge. Research cases include Asian cultures and the premodern era. In addition to individual projects, Working Groups are dedicated, at different levels of detail, to gathering together scholars interested in specific issues within larger themes.

Research Themes

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Histories of Planning
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The Body of Animals
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News & Press

Wissenschaftlerin Lisa Onaga gibt Sonderausgabe von positions: asia critique heraus

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Wilko Hardenberg beginnt Gastprofessur an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Direktorin Dagmar Schäfer im Interview mit TechnoViews zu Technik und Wissen im kaiserlichen China 

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Department III Events

Disruptive Animals and the Problem of Counting

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Man-Like Apes: Chimps, Gorillas, Orangutans and European Explorers

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The Pricing of Electricity in Postwar France

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Publications & Digital Resources