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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

MPIWG heißt Laura Spinney als Journalist-in-Residence willkommen

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Dagmar Schäfer und Florence Hsia werfen in Isis-Sonderausgabe einen zweiten Blick auf Joseph Needham

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Open-Access-Sammlung "Rare Local Gazetteers at Harvard-Yenching Library" veröffentlicht

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Department III Events

Digital Humanities and Classical Studies: Prospects and Challenges

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The Silkworm Project

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Of Sweet Potatoes, Locusts, Ducks, and Ditches: Animal Technology of Biological Pest Control in Late Imperial and Modern China

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Publications & Digital Resources