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Xinyi Wen

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Apr 2023-Jul 2023)

Xinyi Wen is a PhD candidate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Her Wellcome-funded PhD project, “The Doctrine of Signatures in Early Modern Medical Practice,” focuses on the transmission and practical application of an early modern European medical idea: natural things that look like human body parts could cure the corresponding body parts. She has several articles published and forthcoming in The British Journal for the History of Science and the Journal of the History of Ideas, among others. She also curated the exhibition “The Doctrine of Signatures in Early Modern Science and Medicine,” jointly hosted by the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge and Tsinghua University Science Museum, Beijing. She is a dedicated promoter of digital humanities and was selected as Cambridge Data Champion in 2020. She is the founder of the “History of Science Library,” an online library seeking to reimagine academic institutions in the age of Web 3.0. In 2023, she was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society. At the MPIWG, Xinyi Wen is a member of the “Agriculture and the Making of Sciences (1100–1700)” working group in Department III. She is currently working on the semiotics of early modern European agriculture and collaborating on a project on disasters [灾 zai] in premodern East Asia and beyond.


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Hermeneutics of the Field: The Doctrine of Signatures in Early Modern Agriculture


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