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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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Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Director Dagmar Schäfer mentioned in OWC Verlag für Außenwirtschaft on receiving the Leibniz Prize 2020

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Research Scholar Wilko Hardenberg in Der Bund on the history of sea level measurement

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New extension in Recogito/DocuSky allows for direct import of multilingual texts in RISE infrastructure

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