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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). 

Research Themes

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Histories of Planning
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The Body of Animals
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Source-Based Initiatives

Department III Events

The Socio-Material History of Masked Societies in East Asia: A Virtual Workshop

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Digital Humanities Brown Bag Lunch

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Mapping China in 18th Century: Hand-drawn Maps from the "Qing Atlas Tradition" at the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg

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Art of Judgment

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News & Press

Cooperation partner Berlin Research 50 launches website

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Postdoctoral Fellow Edna Bonhomme publishes article in Al Jazeera.

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Interdisciplinary event series "Animals as Objects?" announced

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Publications & Digital Resources

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