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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 Mask—Arrayed

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Visualization of Astronomical Knowledge in Hellenistic Times: Aratus, Urania, and the Celestial Globe

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Experts at Work

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Transience: Politics and Practices of Time

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News & Press

Special issue of SHOT Journal: Technology and Culture edited by Dagmar Schäfer

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Research project "Web GIS Platform of Historical Maps of China" receives SSHRC Connection grant

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Call for participation in "Visualizations of the Heavens" database summer workshops

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