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Dept. II

Ideals & Practices of Rationality

Director: Lorraine Daston

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Director

Director (Since Jul 1995)

PhD, Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

Moral and Natural Orders, History of Scientific Data, Cognitive Practices of Science

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Photo by Dagmar Stratenschulte (2017).

Services & Administration

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2002)

Dr.

Research IT

casties@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Editorial Assistant

Dr.

fenger@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Departmental Assistant

rheld@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Researchers 2017–18

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Visiting Scholar (Jul 2018-31 Jul 2018)

galgazi@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2016-30 Sep 2018)

Dr.

The Physician's Album Amicorum: Humanist Cultures of Knowledge Networking

mavxentevskaya@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (2 Jan 2017-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

The Status of Practical Geometry and its Relations to Theoretical and Applied Geometrical Knowledge in Sixteenth-century Treatises of Practical Geometry

aaxworthy@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2018-31 Dec 2018)

PhD. Professor of History, University of Paris 1

Mesmerism and Politics on the Eve of the French Revolution

bbelhoste@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

C

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Professor for the History of Science

Rewriting Women’s Bodies in Medieval Medical Epistemology

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Jul 2018)

PhD. Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan

Between Law and Science: Unsoundness of Mind in Anglo-American Medical Jurisprudence

jcarson@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2002)

Dr.

Research IT

casties@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Professor of Early Modern History, History Department, Royal Holloway

Early Vernacular Medical Books, Users and Uses, Impact

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2017)

Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin–Madison

"The Science of Prophecy?" The Role of Paleo-Disciplines in the Face of Anthropogenic Change, 1916-2015

mcharenko@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2018-31 Dec 2018)

PhD. Professor and Director of Research, CNRS, France

Mathematical Commentaries in the Ancient World

Visiting Scholar (15 May 2018-31 Jul 2018)

Associate Professor, George Washington University

Developmental Psychology and Social Constructivism’s Ontogeny

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2018-11 Aug 2018)

Ph.D., Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science, Princeton University

Vital Histories: A Reassessment of the Modern Life Sciences

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Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Apr 2018)

Between Marvel and Machine. From the "image de nigromance" to the Mechanised "Engin": The Automation in the Middle Ages

vdeluz@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (May 2018-31 May 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science University of Pennsylvania

Naturalizing Deduction

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2018-31 Aug 2018)

Large-scale environmental engineering during the Cold War

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2017-1 Dec 2017)

PhD, Research Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jean Senebier (1742-1809) and the Eighteenth-century ars observandi

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2017)

PhD

Exploring the Origins of Earth System Science

E

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Doctoral Candidate, Aarhus University

Archiving the Brain

F

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-31 Dec 2018)

sfelten@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Princeton University

Writing the "Thesaurus" of Latinity: A Study in the History of Philological Practice

cflow@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-30 Jun 2018)

How Images Obscure the Anthropocene, or, How Not to See

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2018-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor of History of Science and Medicine

The Neurology of Regicide: Decapitation Experiments and the Science of Sovereignty

Research Scholar (Since Sep 2012)

Dr.

Science and Technology in Italian Postwar Cultural Journals

dgermanese@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2018-31 May 2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne

The emergence of the life sciences field, 1750-1914

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2017-31 Oct 2017)

MA, Doctoral Student, University of Cambridge

Serpents and Empire: Modern Encounters with Natural History, c. 1780-1870

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2018-30 Apr 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

The “Smartness” Mandate: A Genealogy of Automated Ecologies

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2018-31 Dec 2018)

Ph.D., University of Sydney, Australia, Lecturer, School for the History and Philosophy of Science

The Known and the Lived: Melitta Schiller-Stauffenberg, 1903 - 1945

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2016-30 Jun 2019)

PhD

From Electrotype to the Electric Image: Global Vision, c. 1830–1920

hhsiung@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

J

Visiting Scholar (24 Aug 2017-24 Sep 2017)

DPhil, Reader in Early Modern History, University of York

Early Modern Notions of Cleanliness and Dirt

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-30 Jun 2018)

Professor of Art History

How Images Obscure the Anthropocene, or, How Not to See

K

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Columbia University

"The Myth of Greek Algebra": Philology and the Discovery of Calculus, 1580–1710

akaplan@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Providence College

Aristotle's endoxa

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Visiting Scholar (Apr 2018-30 Apr 2018)

PhD

Good Science. Epistemic values and Scholarly Reputations. Europe, 1770-1830

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-30 Jun 2018)

DPhil Student, University of Oxford

Computerizing Diagnosis: Minds, Medicine, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2017)

PhD

Practicalities in “Practical Studies” in Nineteenth-Century Korea Thinking Social and Technological Innovation through Papermaking

MPG Minerva Research Group Leader (1 Sep 2012-28 Feb 2019)

Dr. Phil.

Reading and Writing Medicine in Early Modern England

eleong@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2018-31 Aug 2018)

Evolution, History, Peagogy

M

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Oct 2017)

PhD, Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueCentre A. Koyré, Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques

Seizing the Intangible Gestures as Objects of the Human Sciences in the Long Nineteenth Century

amayer@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-30 Apr 2018)

From Form to Norm: The Systematization of Values in German Design 192x-195x

ameister@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2017-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Reader in History of Science and Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

Good Doctors: A Story of Governing and Knowing from Medieval to Modern Europe

amendelsohn@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)

PhD

Hortus Oceanus Indicus: The Calcutta Botanic Garden and the Making of the Indian Ocean Environment, 1786-184

mmenon@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2018)

Charting the Weather: a History of Graphical Representations in late 18th-century Meteorology

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council

A Global History of Human Teeth

Visiting Scholar (Aug 2018-31 Aug 2018)

Ph.D., Dr. phil., Professor of Greek Philology, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

Commentaries on mathematical Texts in a Comparative Perspective

gmost@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-30 Apr 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor

Souls, Science & Socialism. Parapsychology in India and South Africa, 1950-80

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Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Jan 2018)

PhD, Visiting Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Ancients and Moderns: A Cultural History of Modern Science in India (1600–2000)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2017)

The Steady-State of Cultures. Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and American Anthropology 1930–1950

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2018-31 Jul 2018)

Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Biological Individual in the Nineteenth Century

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Senior Research Scholar (Since Jun 2005)

PD Dr.

The Science of Statistics and the Politics of Censustaking; Early Childhood Development Studies in Nineteenth-Century America

coertzen@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-31 May 2018)

Children of Science: Development, Psychology, and Visual Media Technology in Arnold Gesell's Developmental Psychology (1911-1953)

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Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Philology as a Way of Knowing

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Nov 2017)

Doctoral Student, University of Vienna

Instituting Anthropology: The Circulation of Scientists and Ethnographic Materials between North America, German and Austria, 1883-1933

bppatzak@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2018-31 Dec 2018)

Ph.D.

Nature’s Imprint: Botanical Illustration between Northern Europe and the New World (1550-1750)

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2018-31 Jul 2018)

Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies

The Demarcation of Science in Historical Perspective

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Visiting Scholar (1 May 2018-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Knowledge in Transit

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2018-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Research Associate and Editor, Darwin Correspondence Project

Artisan Naturalists

Senior Research Scholar, Group Leader (1 Sep 2012-31 Dec 2018)

PhD

A Natural History of Data; Extinction and the Value of Diversity

dsepkoski@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2015-31 Aug 2018)

PhD

msaarela@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

The Science of Learning, the Practice of Education: A History of 'Anschauungspädagogik', ca. 1806-1871

rspiegel@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2018)

PhD, Reader in Classical Art

Slight, Description and Knowledge in Imagines of the Elder Philostratus

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Mar 2018-31 Mar 2018)

(1 May 2018-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Center for Medicine, Health and Society

Islam through American Eyes: The Life and Culture of Clifford Geertz

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Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-4 Oct 2017)

PhD

La Falsa Alchimia de la Quale Tanta Stima già ne Feci: Lomazzo’s Thought on Alchemy

btramelli@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (11 Nov 2017-31 Dec 2017)

Chemical Desires (1850-1929): Making the Architectural Materials of Modernity

Visiting Scholar (Mar 2018-31 Mar 2018)

Research Professor, Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies

Personhood and the Locked-in Syndrome

Senior Research Scholar (Since Sep 1994)

Dr., Honorarprofessorin HU Berlin

History of Mathematics and Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, esp. in Germany; Women in Science

vogt@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-30 Jun 2018)

"Though their Causes be not yet discover'd": Occult Traditions in the Making of Newton's Natural Philosophy

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)

PhD

Transmission of Medical Knowledge Embedded in Islamic Texts to China, 17th–19th Centuries

dweil@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2017)

PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

The Electric Modern: Modernity, Labor and the Visual Archive

awilliams@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2018-31 Jul 2018)

Gardens of Steam: Projecting Industrial Culture into the Berlin Landscape

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2018-31 Jul 2018)

Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

Gardens of Steam: Projecting Industrial Culture into the Berlin Landscape

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Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Apr 2018)

Doctoral Student, University of California, Berkeley

Ontogeny of the Will and the Sciences of Child Development in Germany, 1750–1870

gyu@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de