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Tree of Knowledge HaK133, painting by Hilma af Klint, courtesy of The Hilma af Klint Foundation _ Photo_Moderna Museet-Stockholm.

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). 

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Department III Events

Animal Mobilities Authors Workshop

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Sun, Moon, and Mount Meru: Cosmological Mandala as A Visual Metaphor for Universal Monarchy?

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"Childbirth Technologies"— Reading Group

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Astrometeorology and Global Climate Theory: Interpreting John Goad's Weather Notebooks, 1652-1682

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News & Press

MPIWG seeks Student Assistant with Chinese, German, and English language skills

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Postdoctoral Fellow, “Visualization of the Heavens” project (Deadline: 30 September 2022)

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New book: "Narratives on Translation across Eurasia and Africa: From Babylonia to Colonial India"

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