Research Scholar (Nov 2020-Nov 2023)
YANG Qiao 楊巧 works on institutions of knowledge, with a special focus on China and the Islamic world in the Mongol era (13th–14th centuries). Her doctoral project, Heavenly Knowledge, World Empire: Practices, Institutions and Exchange of Astral Sciences in Mongol Eurasia, examined the interplay between the Mongol Empire and astral sciences. She has published on biographies and networks of astral science experts in Mongol Eurasia. At the MPIWG, Qiao is the leader of the “Ability and Authority” working group, where she develops a project on the local state divination schools in Yuan (1271–1368) China. Qiao’s research interests include history of astronomy/astrology, history of divination, social and cultural history of the Mongol Empire, and cross-cultural contact between premodern China and the Islamic world.
Empire under the Night Sky: The Role of Fenye (Astrological Contents) in Late Imperial ChinaMORE
City Walls, Excavations, and Explosives: New Sources on Innovative Engineering in the Late TangMORE
Revulsion as Prevention: Emotional Science and the Mobilisation of Sensibility in Late 19th-century Russian Public MedicineMORE
Religious Contexts of Discourses on Nature: The Comet of 1577 in Early-Modern GermanyMORE
Depicting Time: The Visualisation of the Planetary Deities and the Seven-Day Astrological Week in the Graeco-Roman WorldMORE
Ritual Healing through Sealing (7th -12th-century China): Materiality and the Healer’s Body in the Earliest Examples of Medical “Palm Formulas” (zhangjue 掌訣)MORE