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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). 

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Histories of Planning
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The Body of Animals
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Neues Projekt „The Mask - Arrayed“ untersucht materielle, technologische und kulturelle Aspekte der Maske

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Chinesischsprachiger "History of Science Reader" in Shanghai Review of Books gelobt

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Wenn Historiker und Computeringenieure in der Forschung zusammenarbeiten: 澎湃新闻 interviewt Dagmar Schäfer 

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