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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

Artefacts, Action, & Knowledge

Director: Dagmar Schäfer

T +49 30 22667 151

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 artefacts—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

Research Scholar Wilko Hardenberg begins Visiting Professorship Humboldt University

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Director Dagmar Schäfer interviewed by TechnoViews on knowledge and technology in Imperial China

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Department III offers two “Get-it-Published” fellowships for outstanding scholars (deadline February 25, 2018)

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Department III Events

A Market for Manuscripts: Scribal Production and Entertainment Literature in 19th Century Beijing

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Proteins & Fibers Inquiry I

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Decolonizing the Plan

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Publications & Digital Resources