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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

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

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Announces Journalists-in-Residence 2018–19

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Department III Recruiting Postdoctoral Fellows from Sept. 1, 2019. Deadline Nov. 15, 2018.

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Research Scholar Lisa Onaga edits special volume of positions: asia critique

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Department III Events

Oral History and the History of Scientific Practice in India: A Difficult Dialogue?

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Oral History and the History of Scientific Practice: A Difficult Dialogue?

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Horny Substances and Medical Properties: The Nail of the Great Beast

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Publications & Digital Resources