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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

Artifacts, 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 artifacts—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

Postdoktorandin Edna Bonhomme für das Programm der Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen (VBKÖ) ausgewählt

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History Today über das Buch Threads of Global Desire, herausgegeben von u. a. Dagmar Schäfer

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Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte benennt Journalists-in-Residence 2018/19

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Department III Events

The Art of Judgment in Wetlands: Landscape Ethics, Aesthetics, and Science in Nature Conservation

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Vegetable * Animal * Transformation

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Women, Race, and Medicine: Black Midwives in Early 19th-century Ottoman Egypt

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Publications & Digital Resources