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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). 

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Histories of Planning
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The Body of Animals
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Department III Events

Doing Science Differently in the Age of Climate Change

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News & Press

Research Workshop/ Conference: Visual Materials in Chinese Local Gazetteers (deadline September 15, 2020)

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Visiting Scholar Katja Jug holds exhibition: "Artist's Book—Frozen Unfrozen"

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New project "The Mask—Arrayed" explores material, technological, and cultural aspects of the face mask

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