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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

Measuring the Earth Discussion Group

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Ability and Authority

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Sources of Disaster: New Epistemic Perspectives in Post-3.11 Japan

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Global Matters: Intersections between Histories of Science, Technology, and Environment

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Call for Papers: Conference on Scientific, Practical, and Material Culture of Soil in the Premodern World

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Visiting Scholarships in Dept. III (deadline July 31, 2021)

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"Proteins and Fibers" Working Group (Dept. III) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow (deadline Feb. 20, 2021)

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