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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.

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

Can innovation be planned? Director Dagmar Schäfer in conversation with Die Zeit

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History of Science Reader volume publishes 12 influential English articles translated into Chinese

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Applications open for IT Architect position on the RISE project, deadline Sept. 1, 2019

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Department III Events

Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism

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Leibniz, Crafft, and the Episode of the Phosphorus

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The Book of Felicity: Time and Fortune at the Ottoman Court

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Publications & Digital Resources