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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

Artifacts, 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 artifacts—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

Dagmar Schäfer writes for Society for the History of Technology on Kranzberg's fifth law of technology

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Department III accepting applications for Visiting Scholarships (deadline January 31, 2019)

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Director Dagmar Schäfer interviewed on her research into Tian Gong Kai Wu by SONG Yingxing

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Department III Events

Power in Medicine: Interrogating the Place of Medical Knowledge in the Modern Middle East

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Publications & Digital Resources