Doctoral Research

Research Coordinator

Ohad Parnes

+49 30 22667 296

The Predoctoral Fellows of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science undertake dissertation projects that form an integral part of the main research projects of the Institute. All the Predoctoral Fellows at the MPIWG are affiliated with one of the Departments or Research Groups of the Institute and undertake their research as part of the research activities of the respective unit. At the same time, and as part of the cross-departmental activities of the Institute, the Predoctoral Fellows of all Departments and Groups meet once a month for a joint seminar. During these meetings, one fellow will usually present their work according to the progress of their dissertation.

Considering that each dissertation project has its own specific characteristics, requirements, and potential, and considering the subjectivity of each individual candidate, the main objectives of the Predoctoral Group of the Institute are achieved in particular by relying on the environment of cooperation that characterizes this group and its meetings. The meetings are intended to be as informal as possible in order to provide an open platform for exchange among the Predoctoral Fellows. Presentation forms and modalities therefore vary accordingly. The meetings serve also for exchange of general information about life and work at the Institute.

The central activities of the Predoctoral Fellows at the Institute are coordinated by the Research Coordinator Ohad Parnes together with the Predoctoral Representative of the Institute, Teresa Hollerbach. If you have any questions about life and work as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Institute, please feel free to contact them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Predoctoral Fellows

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2016-31 Mar 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin

Quantitative Physiological Reasoning at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century: The Work of Sanctorius Sanctorius

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-28 Feb 2019)

Metaphor & Metaphysic: Henri Bergson & the Language of Epistemology in Fin-de-Siècle France

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2017-31 Dec 2018)

Disaster Preparedness in Japan and Global Transfer of Knowledge, 1900-1965

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2016-31 Jul 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Cometary Pamphlets and the Way they Present, Create, and Diffuse Natural Philosophic Knowledge

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2020)

Transmission of Islamic Astronomy to Europe: Influence or Similarity of Structures?

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-28 Feb 2019)

Philology as a Way of Knowing

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Insects as Knowledge Goods and Global Commodities: Hans Sauter's Formosa Collections

Visiting Predoctoral Fellows

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Dec 2018-1 Jan 2019)

PhD candidate, Queens College, History Faculty, University of Oxford

Gottfried Leibniz in His World: The Making of a Savant (1672–1679). Scientist, Projector and Courtier: Gottfried Leibniz’s Poetic of Ambiguity as an Instrument of Advancement

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-28 Feb 2019)

PhD candidate

Der Schwingkreis: Schaltungsgeschichte(n) an den Rändern von Musik und Medien

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Jan 2019)

PhD candidate, University of Columbia

Agents of Violence: Naval Technology and Late Qing China in Global Arms Trade, 1875-1911

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Nov 2018)

PhD candidate, Department of History, Central European University Budapest

Rationality of Noise: Gathering of Acoustic Information during the Cold War

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2019)

PhD Candidate, UCLA

Climate Knowledge and the Politics of Predictive Governance: Case Studies in the Conversion of Knowledge about Climate Change into Actionable Information for Administrative Systems and Economic Agents

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

Rewriting the World in Southwest India

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

John Bulwer (1606–1656): On the Theatricality of Medical Knowledge; Ciphers, Sounds and Ear Trumpets: Acoustics and Espionage in England, 1655-1685

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

How Did Computers Transform Historians’ Work?

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

The shaping of generality in 19th century enumerative geometry

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

PhD, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

Charting the Weather: a History of Graphical Representations in late 18th–Century Meteorology

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

PhD Candidate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

The Scientific Rationality of Early Statistics, 1833–1877

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD candidate, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

Visual History of Developmental Psychology

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (13 Sep 2018-13 Nov 2018)

PhD candidate, Philosophy Department, Stanford University

The Magnetical Philosophy from Gilbert to Newton

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-30 Nov 2018)

Princeton University, PhD candidate in History of Science

The Rise of the New Mandarins: The Story of the Geistkreis from Vienna to the New-World, 1920-1980

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Dec 2018-31 Dec 2018)

PhD Candidate, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University

Doctors of l’Ésprit Nouveau: Human Energetics and the Formation of the French Avantgarde

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 Jan 2017-29 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

After Mapping the Avant–Garde: Politics, Discourses and Technologies of the “New” in Postwar “New Music"

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2016-31 Oct 2018)

The Ain Juj Water Conduit – Hydraulics and Isotope Chemistry of Sinter Accumulation

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 May 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Theater Exhibitions, Exhibition Media, and the Humanities around 1900

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-31 Mar 2019)

PhD candidate, School of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sidney

Deposing the Demon: Jan Baptista van Helmont and the Authority of Magic in Early Modern Medicine

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Dec 2018-31 Dec 2018)

PhD candidate, Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam

The Epistemic Virtues of Humanities and Science in Nineteenth–Century Germany: A Comparative Approach

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (24 Jul 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Harmonies at Work: Musical Instruments and the Transfer of Knowledge in Early Acoustics

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

Evolution in Times of Revolution: Darwinism, Nature, and Society in the Soviet Union